Monday, May 10, 2010

Emergency Department woes


Ever why they call it the emergency department?

Probably it has something to do with the fact that the presenting complaints are in need of emergency attendance..

Doing oncalls in the emergency department is something different than that of other departments. Here you would attend patient nonstop until the next morning. I do mean, NON STOP.

in other departments , we would only attend patient who have been REFERRED to the department, thus only specific complaints that are related are only seen. but, at ED, you have to attend to ALL complaints by patients.

It is a test of human patience, I believe.

Sometimes, it just makes me wonder why some people would want to bring themselves or family members with complaints of sore throat and runny nose at 2 or 3 am in the morning?

or fever about 2 hours ago and still feeling well, to come straight to the emergency department instead of going to the clinic?

It just makes me wonder.

The thing is, when this happens, it will cause a long queue for other patients who are in need of the emergency attendance. The normal waitign period for a person at the emergency department can take up to 3-4 hours.

What I can say about the emergency department is that you have to deal with so many different kinds of complains, diseases, characters of people - dealing with the patient themselves, family members and other doctors in other deparmtnets and to do so in a short interval of time.

in ED --> TIME is of the essence

Ya Allah, permudahkanlah urusan kami...

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