Friday, May 25, 2012

fun ideas for triage

Sitting at the triage desk watching people walk down the hall of shame toward the desk. I love the ones who either walk very hurriedly or sprint toward the desk..

Anyway, I had the idea to make life in the ER a lot easier for everyone concerned. We have this sort of vestibule type area with glass doors that can be locked. At night a security officer sits there are gives out name tags since its the only entrance to the hospital.

So I thought: Have this set up in the vestibule where there is a breathylyzer machine that everyone who wants to be seen in the ER has to blow into. Just think, you would already know the alcohol level of every patient right up front. The machine would instruct them to how to use it and then say:BLOW! BLOW! BLOW! BLOW! BLOW! It wouldn't unlock the door until they did it successfully.

Part# 2: Put a bathroom down there and have everything pee in a cup for a drug screen. You put your specimen into a little door thing in the wall, like at the doctors office. You have to wait for the results before the door will announce your name and unlock the door. This would be useful for drug seekers.

The thing is how would you prevent people who haven't been approved to now move ahead to the triage desk from running through the door when it opens? Hmmmm... We could have a place in the floor that opens and somehow propels the cheaters outside.

It was a slow evening in triage....


jimbo26 said...

Won't happen , you are using common-sense : dirty word . ;-)

Mark p.s.2 said...

Its coming one day.

I wrote on my blog of an idea similar to your breathylyzer for the ER.
smell meter

A Breathalyzer does not have to be blown into. A machine can listen for a persons intake and exhalation and take air samples at the point of exhalation.
The patient wears it like a headset, its passive like the red light machine that goes on a finger.

The reason the current breathalyzers have to be blown into are for a legal certainty of where the air came from(I think).