So many EMT teams at the ambulance entry it was totally crowded. I talked to people, brought food trays, fetched/alerted nurses to their PTs' needs, took a Rx to the pharmacy and brought the drugs back, took another order to the blood bank for platelets and brought them back, took lots of samples/sent lots of samples to the blood bank and the patho lab. A good day, in fact for me, but not for those in the ER. There were people who were there when I arrived and were still there when I left.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
This afternoon I did my weekly 5-hour stint in the ER. Last week it was pretty quiet and I was able to take a break. Not today. The place was nuts. Didn't stop for the entire 5 hours. There were so many PTs they had to make all the visitors leave: over 70. They ran out of gurneys, rooms, wheelchairs. Lots of people dehydrated, a guy with a kidney stone, people with diarrhea, vomiting (lots of smells), infected abscess on one guy's neck, a couple of people in a car crash in a taxi with relatively minor trauma, a "cooperative" felon who got un-handcuffed so he could be treated more easily, some falls, respiratory/cardiac distress, habitual drunk in for detox who needed to be reasoned with, one lady very distressed who wanted to leave and needed "handling" and so much more!