Link to part 1 http://wp.me/p53poC-S
You would assume that everyone who ends up in part 2 to the emergency room rant is alive at the moment.YOU WILL LEARN TO NEVER ASSUME, ESPECIALLY TO ME. But since I really want to get through this emergency room rant I’ll leave the dead, recently passed, and even the ones on the way. Like the ones on life support they actually call “artificially life sustained” ugh more on that another time.
If I recall correctly part 1 just got you past the front staff and into triage which hopefully I mentioned the definition to triage is another screening process to determine if whatever you are there for is time sensitive to treatment or more important they seek the patients that were in waiting room detention that do not have a medical emergency. WHY? you might ask…… Very simple answer is that anyone they have in custody that does not pose a severe heath risk is prime to over testing and racking up that bill. Lets not forget the initial intake series of tests they have choreographed perfectly to ensure they get all those tests done.
After that things start slowing down….. BUT…. they plan for this. Just as you reach level beyond frustrated someone (usually not a DR.) comes to save you from boredom in offering more tests. This is usually some kind of medical tech that brings you to MRI, CAT-SCAN, ECHOCARDIOGRAM, and whatever else.
Being conservative I figure that regardless of the reason you went to the ER on average they have put you through over 10 tests or billable treatments before the Dr. even is considering coming to you. Lets run through them real quick
BLOOD WORK, URINE SAMPLE, THROAT CULTURE, CHEST XRAY, EKG, BP MONITORING, MRI, VISION TEST, XRAY ON INJURED AREA, (THATS 10 ALREADY) AND SHOULDNT COME AS A SURPRISE.
Of course there are others that make that list grow. IV FLUIDS FOR DEHYDRATION, TETANUS SHOT IF YOU DONT KNOW IF YOUR IS UP, ANTIBIOTIC INJECTION, AND SO MUCH MORE.
Keep in mind you only need a few stitches on your hand! Honestly, you do not even need the actual Dr. for majority of things being done. Physician Assistants are capable and in some procedures more qualified then the Dr. who may not have done that procedure in while or anywhere near as many times and frequency of the PA.
But hey after all this is done and they release you, at least you got the 4 stitches you thought you needed until the wound stopped bleeding on its own during the long wait. and the 4 stitches costs you over $10k in medical bills. Don’t expect people to feel bad and actually you should be a little embarrassed that you’ve just been conned. As long as you learn and not let it happen again. PAY ATTENTION TO MY WAY OF AVOIDING THIS FROM HAPPENING-THIS ADVICE IS NOT COMEDIC AND SHOULD BE CONSIDERED USEFUL INFORMATION IN WHICH I PERSONALLY HAVE USED WITH SUCCESS ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION.
1- SPEAKING UP IS REQUIRED (SORRY)
2- IF YOU GO IN FOR STITCHES ON YOUR HAND AND THEY ROLL THE PORTABLE XRAY MACHINE OVER TO XRAY YOUR CHEST LETS SAY THEIR REASON BEING YOUR AN EX SMOKER OR WHATEVER. SAY NO!!!!! YOU DO HAVE A SAY AND SHOULD USE IT. DON’T SIT THERE SAYING WELL….. I GUESS THEY HAVE A REASON FOR THAT. IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBT AND THINK SOMETHING MIGHT BE NECESSARY BUT ARENT SURE….. ASK!!!!! – EX “DO YOU FEEL IT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY TO XRAY THE HAND? IF THERE IS A WAY TO AVOID IT ID PREFER NOT TO HAVE IT AND BE EXPOSED TO RADIATION IF IT CAN BE AVOIDED.
3- EVEN THOUGH I PUT THIS AS 3RD I WANT TO SAY THAT I MENTION THIS FIRST. PATIENTS RIGHT TO REFUSE TREATMENT. I BRING THIS UP RIGHT AWAY BY SAYING TO NURSE OR PA IN A NICE WAY “HEY, WOULD YOU DO ME A FAVOR THAT WILL ACTUALLY MAKE YOUR JOB EASIER AS WELL? IF YOU COULD GRAB THAT FORM I NEED TO SIGN IF I REFUSE TREATMENT. THIS WAY AT ANY POINT I FEEL NO LONGER REQUIRING PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ATTENTION I CAN SIGN AND BE ON MY WAY MAKING ROOM FOR OTHERS. YOU MIGHT GET A LITTLE PUSHBACK OR DEFLECTION “DR IS GOING TO BE RIGHT HERE SOON” BS LOL.. INSIST ON IT