Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Hey dad, there's a patient for you!

My brother-in-law is an orthopedic surgeon. Today, he and I were taking our kids to their t-ball practice. As we were driving on the loop a motorcycle blew past us. His 5 year old looked at the motorcycle, then turned to his father and said, "daddy, look, there's another patient for you!" Hysterical.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


In my hospital the ED is divided into 4 parts. The triage area has a couple of rooms where we treat the most simple complaints such as ear infections and ingrown toenails- really anything that does not require any tests and certainly shouldn't be in the ED. Pod C is basically the same as the triage rooms, with the exception that we will run a test or two on these patients, such as a person with a broken toe. Pod B is most of the patients that will probably be admitted, kids with appendicitis, old men with pneumonia. Pod A is my section. Pod A is the traumas. The child births. The codes.

Pod A is why I became an Emergency Physician, many moons ago.