As my thirteen year old daughter would put it, “it bites” being stuck working on Christmas Eve in the Emergency Department. Considering how busy we normally are on a typical work day, the fact that I am able to sit here with the nurses at the computer typing this entry I find thoroughly amazing. Since 2:00 pm today, my staff and I have been keeping a tally of what pathology has shown up so far.
Years ago I was working with New York City as an EMT out of Queens General Hospital. I remember being in shock after picking up an otherwise non-ill appearing man who gave a complaint that I currently cannot recall. We took him in a city ambulance to the local hospital. The part that shocked me was that he never entered the hospital. He thanked us and proceeded to go across the street to do his shopping. He never was sick and never intended to enter the ED doors. We served as free transportation for him.
Jordan Barnett, MD, is an Emergency Medicine Physician in the Philadelphia Suburban Region. He has previously worked as a volunteer firefighter, was a member of New York City EMS, and provides Medical Command for several ALS Ambulance Services. Dr Barnett provides EMS consultation services. Additionally, he is actively involved with EMS education.