E really is for emergency, more hospitals say - page 3

E really is for emergency, more hospitals say Two First Coast hospitals now charge extra for non-emergency ER visits.... Read More

  1. by   banditrn
    Quote from caroladybelle
    Actually we need a ER vending machine.

    With one row of narcotics.

    One row of sedatives.

    One row of excuses for getting off work.

    One row of pregnancy tests and emergency contraceptives.

    Two rows of antibiotics: Divided into the "I've coughing for days/have walking pneumonia" and the others, "My trouser snake/virginey hurts/burns- no, of course I have been having only safe sex". "No I haven't been unfaithful. Really!"

    One row for the dizzy all over/chest pain younguns that wait until they have completed $5K of tests to say "I don't know WHY this ALWAYS happens after I use cocaine/crack/crystal/ecstasy.

    One row containing " 3 hot meals and a cot" and a room for "I need to get away from the kids/my husband"

    And one row of certifications for disability.

    You insert medicaid/medicare/insurance card.

    You have the patient answer appropriate questions on a computer pad - and item from Row C - item #4 drops out.

    But then would we have such interesting stories.
  2. by   appydfc
    I'm thinking the patient satisfaction scores for the REAL emergency patients would probably go up because they hopefully won't have to deal with the long waits caused by overcrowding due to the 20-40% of patients (common estimates in most EDs) who really aren't emergencies. :spin:
  3. by   Gromit
    Only problem is, the que for the vending machines would be long
    Hmm. have to supply a change-making machine also.
  4. by   hecete
    I Live And Work In A College Town With A Hugh Med. School. No-one Is Turned Away. They Are So Busy Sometimes They Devert To Other Area Hosp. Some Of The Other Hosp. Are Private And They Do Send Pts. Back Without Being Seen.
  5. by   Gromit
    I doubt that its without having been 'seen' per se, but bet its more like they were triaged out (in other words, its not a 'true' emergency, so they were left on terminal 'hold' in the triage room (my old facility -a small private outfit used to do that).
    I mean, if they were flat-out refused to have been seen, it opens up the facility to a very dangerous liability issue.
  6. by   Huscarl73
    Quote from Gromit
    Only problem is, the que for the vending machines would be long
    Hmm. have to supply a change-making machine also.
    What change?
  7. by   Redneckmedic63
    Any hunters out there? I've been a long time advocate of placing a Lortab salt-lick in the parking lot to draw away the drug seekers.

    Then again, I'm also applying for a patent for the haldol blow-dart...

    Its the old medic / ER person in me LOL

    Just another reason I LOVE my kids in PICU!
  8. by   Janlynn
    I think what we really need is basic healthcare for every school aged child. This should be a mandatory course on how our bodies work and what is normal and not normal. Alot of people think running a low-grade temp is a life-threatning situation--they really don't know how thier bodies work or the difference between a virus or a bacterial infection. People think they need an antibiotic for every sniffle, cough, etc. We teach every other thing in school why not teach something that has the most importance--our body and our health.

    I know most schools offer health courses but aren't most of them mainly for sex education?

    I think it should be standard basic A&P, nutrition, and a little med-surg thrown in with the already sex education before graduating. :icon_cool:
  9. by   RNsRWe
    As long as we have hospitalists who admit every freak with a complaint of abdominal pain (and a long history of showing up every few weeks or couple of months with the same problems and get lots of narcs and lots of free tests and then get discharged without incident), this'd never work for us.

    If people are already NOT paying the bills themselves (and frequently don't have insurance that will do anything more than bandaids anyway) then what would a surcharge do but make our hospital go further in the red?
  10. by   sanctuary
    Quote from Janlynn
    I think what we really need is basic healthcare for every school aged child. This should be a mandatory course on how our bodies work and what is normal and not normal. Alot of people think running a low-grade temp is a life-threatning situation--they really don't know how thier bodies work or the difference between a virus or a bacterial infection. People think they need an antibiotic for every sniffle, cough, etc. We teach every other thing in school why not teach something that has the most importance--our body and our health.

    I know most schools offer health courses but aren't most of them mainly for sex education?

    I think it should be standard basic A&P, nutrition, and a little med-surg thrown in with the already sex education before graduating. :icon_cool:

    :yeahthat: Great idea, Janlynn, Add CPR, and a first aid course. Would be great.

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