Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Dave the drunk and Cathy the crackhead
Here's the thing: THERE IS NOTHING WE CAN DO FOR THEM IN THE ER. The doc will run some tests to make sure they are physically OK. THey may give them one of those stupid banana bags. They will give them a number to call about treatment. Thats about it.
Nobody is going to fix them in the ER. The magic treatment fairy is not going to appear and scoop them up. Very few hospitals these days have inpatient chemical dependency treatment. That ended years ago.
I can't tell you how many times I have triaged Dave the drunk and Cathy the crackhead accompanied by worried family. Dave and Cathy just sit there and say little, if anything. Family does all the talking. Tales of how Dave or Cathy are not taking care of themselves, ruining their lives, the lives of those around them. Its sad.
Family is always disappointed when Dave or Cathy are not admitted. They expected us to save them. The thing is ERs are not in the saving drunk or dope addict business. Please don't bring them.
Posted by girlvet at 3:10 PM