Saturday, July 12, 2008
A friend emailed me this. Let me take a wild flying guess at what happened here. Some poor soul got drunk or had been drinking. He was hurting and was convinced by family to go to the ER. This might have been at the advice of his physician who didn't have an afternoon appointment available for, hmmm, three months. The triage nurse did her job and sent him to a room, but did not believe he was anything other than drunk. Staffing cuts and bottom line thinking from people with suits and clipboards has their ER perpetually short and scrambling. These cuts are happening everywhere because of EMTALA.
In the room he sat with a chief complaint of "abdominal pain with ETOH". He was then ignored through nursing shift change, a doctor never saw him because the chart was, thanks to JCHAO, somewhere other than the chart rack. The oncoming nurse did not know the room had a patient. A doctor never knew there was anyone in the room (HIPAA mandates closed doors when able). He was not put on a monitor, and the cleaning lady found him dead 12 hours later after he died from a massive MI or ruptured AAA. Thanks EMTALA, thanks HIPPA, thanks JCHAO. We will now watch as you fry a perfectly good physician and nurse for your bumbling idiotic policies which make every ER a ticking time-bomb. .
Posted by 911DOC at Saturday, July 12, 2008