LESSONS FROM EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS

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.

Pearls include:

  • 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.

 

 

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2 Responses to LESSONS FROM EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS

  1. Gerry says:

    Thanks for the repost guys! Will spend the weekend going through your stuff now!! Take care

  2. Thomas D says:

    You’re welcome! Thanks for the pearls and the laughs!

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