Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Un-effin-believable

EMS brought a patient over to triage who called and demanded that he be taken to the hospital to get her H1N1 shot. She was livid that we did not have it. Furious does not even begin to describe how I felt towards her. Similarly, I don't have a sufficient vocabulary to express the amount of loathing I felt towards her for tying up an ambulance for an hour.

11 comments:

paedsnurse said...

I say, give her a swift kick in the butt and tell her to get out of your ER! I had a 5 year old give me major attitude today! I admitted her, gave some scrubs to mom so the kid could wear them as pyjamas, and the kid starts going into hysterics: "Um, DUH! How do you expect me to put that shirt on when I'm hooked up to stuff? Geez, you're STOOPID!"

I tried so hard not to laugh. She was so serious about it too.

Dani said...

Ugh, she probably has H1N1 now from comming to the hospital. Idiot.

Angry Nurse said...

My question is why did EMS even transport him to a hospital under those circumstances?

Jessica said...

I hope you made her a CTAS 5.

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Old MD Girl said...

How to people come up with these things?

LivingDeadNurse said...

what the heck is wrong with people today??? sheesh!

Doctor D said...

Most EMS have the policy, "You call. We haul." Out of fear for being sued if patients dies of H1N1 later and lawyer blames ambulance service for not transporting.

Yeah I know: WTF?

midwest woman said...

This might be a second cousin to your story..old old man with end stage everything whose wife is trotting him off to be first in line for the H1N1 vaccine...uhh, limited vaccine means go to the back of the line.
Kinda too bad you couldn't have vaccinated...just like IV's, there's quite a delicious selection of uber long long needles for injections. :)

midwest woman

TorontoEmerg said...

I really really hope you guys signed the blue sheet to charge her the full cost of the ambulance.

NOT that it will do much good, but at least it's satisfying.

If it makes you feel better, I once had a patient who came by EMS with a broken fingernail.

And it was a FAKE nail.

Angry Nurse said...

A broken fake nail! Now that's funny!

S3XinthePantry said...

your subject line says it all... I can NOT believe some people!!!