Ruralflyingdoc, aka Dr. Gerry Considine, has a post on his blog to lighten up your Friday. Listing “things I (and others) have learnt from working in Emergency Departments”. A lot of classics there. Continuously updated.
- Considine’s Pain Rule: a patients actual pain threshold is inversely proportional to the amount of times they say “…..I usually have a very high pain threshold”
- The Sunglass Rule: If someone is wearing sunglasses inside (usually middle aged female), they are crazy.
- If you ask a nurse ‘are you looking after this patient?’ The answer will be ‘no’ or ‘I’m going on break’
- Everyone gets a prize. Patients shouldn’t leave ED without something: script, referral, take home meds, imaging request, specimen jar, extra dressings, plaster, kick up the bum.
And of course, the rule that keeps us going:
- For all of the long days and annoying patients, it only takes one thank you email or letter to make it all worthwhile.