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  •  Sadly, you're right (7+ / 0-)

    I see stuff like this all the time too. The pressure to get observation patients out the door before noon is intense, even if it means we have to rush to get tests done, or do tests that are less than ideal.

    I've been cussed out by an ER doc for refusing to do a stress test on a non-English speaking patient without an interpreter, and for questioning orders on a DNR palliative care patient unable to give informed consent, among many other things.

    The pressure comes all the way from the top and it's probably in every hospital to some extent. It's definitely getting worse, and fast.

     I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine.     -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by SteelerGrrl on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 06:21:51 PM PDT

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