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Long wait? Flood the ER.

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Guest07/13/15 Guest07/13/15 (Member)

Specializes in ER.

nynursey_

Specializes in Med/Surg/ICU/Stepdown. Has 3 years experience.

Pathetic. People like this obviously do not have the foresight to see that causing damage in the ER is only going to make the wait time much longer as opposed to expediting it.

I wonder how she would have felt if her mother had been the one whose treatment got delayed as a result of a fire alarm. 😁

ixchel

Specializes in critical care.

Waited two hours for a "back problem". I wonder if the person there for treatment was also allergic to NSAIDs and all the "other ones except for that one that starts with a D."

Sorry for the judgment, folks, but I have a feeling I'm not the only one thinking it.

imintrouble, BSN, RN

Specializes in LTC Rehab Med/Surg. Has 16 years experience.

I guess we're lucky the only weapon in her purse was a lighter.

Send her crazy butt to jail and see how her back likes sleeping on a cot.

I sympathize with the patients who were waiting during the flood, but can you imagine the stress of the staff?

FurBabyMom, MSN, RN

Has 8 years experience.

Wow. Just. Wow. I mean, what else can you say?

I waited in the ED on two occasions for ED-trip worthy complaints for hours. Because other people were sicker. Hard as that is to believe, it's true. Was it fun at the time? Not at all. But I was lucky I wasn't one of the sicker people.

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 16 years experience.

I always count my blessings when I'm the one sitting in the waiting room not being rushed back. It means I'm not the sickest person and that I'm (most likely) not in danger of dying. Now, when I was dealing with 3 straight days of N/V/D and had become anuric for several hours due to dehydration, you bet your sweet bippy I wasn't left sitting long. And when they pulled my lab results up, the look on their faces was priceless!

But seriously, what did she think would be accomplished by necessitating the evacuation and response of the fire department? That sure as heck isn't going to increase efficiency.

ixchel

Specializes in critical care.

Wow. Just. Wow. I mean, what else can you say?

I waited in the ED on two occasions for ED-trip worthy complaints for hours. Because other people were sicker. Hard as that is to believe, it's true. Was it fun at the time? Not at all. But I was lucky I wasn't one of the sicker people.

My local ED was notoriously PAINFULLY slow for legit emergencies. I can honestly say the one thing I've seen improved by patient satisfaction surveys is the fact that they got their stuff together. Now it's generally in and out - although I've only been there for true emergencies, and one borderline situation when I showed up in my scrubs after work on a Friday night with a questionably scary infection after picking crabs. I think that time they were being nice because I was in scrubs and hadn't taken off my name badge yet. If it weren't Friday night when it got scary and I popped a fever, I would have just gone to my PCP.

The hospital I work at is usually pretty good too, but like any place is going to experience, if every bed is full, there will be a wait. We actually have holds in our ED waiting for inpatient beds more often than for triage and ED patients to be seen. Once we get holds taking ED beds, or all ED beds are filled with no extra staff, we'll divert EMS unless the patient is likely to be ICU-worthy and we have available ICU beds and staff. Very rare that that happens.