Sound Advice Vol II

Another pearly email from one of the field’s fathers, another pic that has absolutely nothing to do with it

FYI, if a patient calls the state, complaining that she did not get enough pain medication from the ED, the state will investigate us, and they did so today.  We are OK but very bothersome to all involved. No real doctor issues involved.

Many psych and drug seeking patients are very savvy about how to complain, and also many real patients think that their pain is not addressed properly (one of our biggest dissatisfactions in survey). Bottom line: actively address pain, don’t fight over a few percocet or a shot of morphine.

This particular pts became agitated and had to be escorted out of the ED. The state said we “threw her out”. If only (I can dream) the doc filled out our absolutely wonderful and doctor saving  AMA form, with “Patient refused to sign”, we clearly did not throw her out, she left against advice and we wanted her to stay. Such attention to detail will save you behind some day.

About ER Jedi

I’m a resident doctor in Emergency Medicine and I’ve learned during the past few years that 1) I’ve had some pretty amazing experiences 2) I have a very bad short-term memory. So this blog is just a place for me to write about some of these experiences, from the ER, medical school, the wards and life in general. At least that way I’ll have some idea as to where I’ve been all this time. A scrap-book of sorts, a place to vent, organize some clinical tools and post a few good songs I’ve heard along the way.

Posted on February 5, 2012, in Sound Advice. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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