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  •  Yes, full moon (4.00)
    but it was also crowded because doctors take Easter week-end off and holiday week-ends produce more sick people. Not a good formula, eh?

    As I left the hospital on the second trip, there was a most beautiful rainbow with deep colour saturation in a perfect arc over a valley. It was very encouraging.

    To thine own self be true - W.S.

    by Agathena on Wed Mar 30, 2005 at 10:45:22 AM PST

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    •  Not fair. (none)
      Sorry, but I have to push back on this. We absolutely do NOT downstaff on holidays because we like to be off. On the contrary, we plan for the fact that during the holiday weekends your local ER is the ONLY game in town and beef up our staffing to accomodate the increased number of people coming in.

      I have worked in 5 different ERs over a 30 year career, and you are just plain wrong. We are the people who stay up all night long, pull long shifts, are accustomed to working every other weekend and giving up time with our families. for some odd reason, mose of my colleagues still manage to do it with a smile and treating people with dignity and respect.

      Many studies on utilization of Emergency Departments have demonstrated that 60-75% of patients coming into the ER would be more appropriately treated in a different setting, or do not meet criteria for "emergency" treatment. Nonetheless, our doors are open 24/7. We see every person that walks or rolls through our doors. we do the best we can to take care of everyone and make sure that the sickest people make it while the others don't fall through the cracks. This despite getting paid maybe 50 cents on the dollar for the work we do.

      Next time you call your "primary care doctor" and he or she shunts you to the ER because all the appointments are taken, or it's after hours and you get the answering machine because the idea of being available to patients has gone the way of the dodo bird; remember, we're there when you need us.

      </rant>

      "There are times in politics when you must be on the right side and lose." John Kenneth Galbraith

      by susanp on Wed Mar 30, 2005 at 11:54:47 AM PST

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      •  Another Nerve Hit (none)
        Read it again.

        I think she was referring to FAMILY DOCTORS taking the holiday off, so people are FORCED to come to the ER, adding to your burden. Not that ER staff takes holidays off, leaving people to suffer.

        ER Docs/Nurses/Techs are true blue heroes, in my book.

        Tom DeLay is so corrupt...<HOW CORRUPT IS HE?>...He's so corrupt that when he takes the Oath of Office, he holds his hand OUT instead of UP!

        by mlkisler on Wed Mar 30, 2005 at 12:01:31 PM PST

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      •  I live in Canada (4.00)
        and under medicare hospitals are to some extent controlled by the provincial government. When we talk about ER situations in BC we blame the government for closing down thousands of chronic care beds. This put an enormous burden on hospitals and surgical beds. We never blame medical staff for ER conditions, as it is obvious they are doing their best in view of the circumstances. Our newspapers are full of stories like mine.

        We have a triage system in ER where patients vital signs are taken before they are even allowed to register which eliminates those who "do not meet the criteria."

        In apologizing for the long waits, staff told me that there were less doctors on duty because it was Easter and walk-in clinics were closed so there were more people. The number of ER doctors on duty is controlled by the head of the hospital, a government appointee. The right wing government wants our system to be inconvenient and difficult in order to force people to use private clinics.
        (sound familiar?)
        Create a crisis and then privatize.

        To thine own self be true - W.S.

        by Agathena on Wed Mar 30, 2005 at 12:29:36 PM PST

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      •  I live in Canada (none)
        and under medicare hospitals are to some extent controlled by the provincial government. When we talk about ER situations in BC we blame the government for closing down thousands of chronic care beds. This put an enormous burden on hospitals and surgical beds. We never blame medical staff for ER conditions, as it is obvious they are doing their best in view of the circumstances. Our newspapers are full of stories like mine.

        We have a triage system in ER where patients vital signs are taken before they are even allowed to register which eliminates those who "do not meet the criteria."

        In apologizing for the long waits, staff told me that there were less doctors on duty because it was Easter and walk-in clinics were closed so there were more people. The number of ER doctors on duty is controlled by the head of the hospital, a government appointee. The right wing government wants our system to be inconvenient and difficult in order to force people to use private clinics.
        (sound familiar?)
        Create a crisis and then privatize.

        To thine own self be true - W.S.

        by Agathena on Wed Mar 30, 2005 at 12:32:11 PM PST

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