Tuesday, September 11, 2012
step right up, sit right down, hope you brought a book
Our local EMS system does not like ERs going on divert. It used to be you could go on divert for 4 hours. It is now down to 2 hours and, ideally, the plan is to eliminate the ability to close. What are we supposed to do if the place is completely out of control and we have 3 or 4 criticals at once? Your guess is as good as mine. Run out the door perhaps?
Anyway, we rarely close anyway these days. The frequent 15-20 people in the lobby are usually people who use the ER as a clinic. Toothache, sore throat, female abdominal pain, UTIs, lacerations, etc etc etc. I am always amazed at how long people will wait for this shit.
My point? More and more people seem to be using our ER as a clinic. Those populations have exploded this summer. Why? I don't know. Can't get an appointment? The county hospital down the street wait is too long? Aliens are speaking telepathically and telling people to come to the ER?
I just can't wait until EVERYBODY has insurance, can't get doctors appointments and come to the ER BECAUSE THEY CAN.. I'm totally in favor of Obamacare, as far as I'm concerned the government should take over the whole damn thing, blow it up and start over again.
Posted by girlvet at 7:14 PM