RE: Hey ER, what takes so long???
I would be interested to know what other studies the pt had. Sometimes we wait for the lab results, x-ray, or other ancillary testing, then the ER Doc has to contact the admitting physician, and/or Consutling physicians, who by the way may not call back until they are done with office hours, dinner, golf or whatever). Remember, when the pt hits the door, ER nurses start the line, draw the labs and in some facilities we order per protocols to initiate the tx. I have had results back before the ER doc has even seen the patient. The other consideration is many times the patient gets a "million" dollor work up to help accomodate the admitting Dr. It all depends on the facility. Sorry for the inconvience, I just wish everyone, medics, Dr's., ancillary departments and receiving nurses realized the team does not begin or end at the ER doorway. Thanks!