Wednesday, February 13, 2008
One of our triage nurses today encountered a young suicidal patient. Our waiting times are right now at about 6 hours. Our hospital is full. The ER is full. The surrounding hospitals are full. We are in gridlock. The nurse asked the patient if he had a plan as to how he would off himself (very important in assessing the likelihood of actual suicide), and the patient responded "I'd eat rat poison". The nurse responded, correctly, "Oh, that probably wouldn't do it". He said, "Well, do you have any suggestions?". Guess he's serious.
Posted by 911DOC at Wednesday, February 13, 2008