Long wait in E.R.?**
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常聽人說 美國急診室人滿為患
常常要等數個鐘頭 真的嗎?

最近預約專科醫生要等二個月
想直接去急診室
有人這樣做嗎?
Of course you can. just if you go to ER it's more expensive. how much more expensive depends on your insurance.
Reminds me that one of my friends told me that if you really want to be seen by a doc at ER. Tell the nurses you have chest pain and you will get attention right away. Then let them know you have other problem as well (the real one).

My friend is a registered ER nurse in Philly.
這是因為胸痛是心臟病或心肌梗塞的常見症狀,如果不盡速清除阻塞的血凝塊的話,那是會很快就上西天去的。當然如果頭破個洞也是會很快的有醫生來關心你的啦。

沒真正的急事還是不要去ED吧,把需要的資源留給需要的人,因為如果有時間發文的話,那應該有很大的機率可以等到專科醫生的約定時間。
我腳指甲被電腦砸到腫成2倍 在ER痛的死去活來3小時也沒人理我
from: http://www.slate.com/id/2195851/

Waiting Doom
How hospitals are killing E.R. patients.
By Zachary F. Meisel and Jesse M. Pines
Posted Thursday, July 24, 2008, at 6:54 AM ET

Video of Esmin Green, who died in an E.R. waiting room
Last month, Esmin Green, a 49-year-old mother of six, tumbled off her chair and onto the floor of the Kings County psychiatric E.R. waiting room in New York City. Members of the hospital staff saw her lying there but did nothing for about an hour. When Green was finally brought into the E.R., she was dead. An autopsy revealed that she died from a pulmonary embolism, which occurs when a blood clot forms in the leg, breaks off, and travels to one or both lungs. This can also kill long-haul airplane passengers who sit in one spot for hours: The blood sits stagnant in their legs for so long that it clots. You could say that Green, too, had been on a plane ride of sorts. She'd waited for a psychiatric-unit bed to open up for more than 24 hours, roughly the same time as a trip from New York to Tanzania.

The surveillance video of Green collapsing and lying untended, as hospital staff at Kings County fail to respond to her collapse, is inexcusable by any stretch. And so Nancy Grace, for one, focused on the negligence. But what's largely missing from this story is the likely cause of Green's pulmonary embolism. The answer lies in a far more systematic and widespread danger in hospital care: E.R. waits. Why was Green sitting and waiting while blood pooled in her legs? Despite increasing evidence that crowded E.R.s can be hazardous to your health, hospitals have incentives to keep their E.R. patients waiting. As a result, there has been an explosion in E.R. wait times over the past few years, even for those who are the sickest.

A major cause for E.R. crowding is the hospital practice of boarding inpatients in emergency departments. This happens when patients who come to the E.R. need to be admitted overnight. If there are no inpatient beds in the hospital (or no extra inpatient nurses on duty that day) then the patient stays in the E.R. long past the completion of the initial emergency work. This is what happened to Green, and it has become widespread and common. The problem is that boarding shifts E.R. resources away from the new patients in the waiting room. While E.R. patients wait for inpatient beds, new patients wait longer to see a doctor. As more new patients come, the waits grow. And an E.R. filled with boarding patients and a full waiting room is an unhappy E.R.: The atmosphere is at once static and chaotic. If you or a loved one has waited for hours in an E.R., you know what we mean. The environment can be unsafe and even deadly. A recent study found that critically ill patients who board for more than six hours in the E.R. are 4 percent more likely to die.

youtube 有影片 =.=
啊~~~~~~

說到急診室就讓我想到台灣佛教醫院在花蓮藍衣白褲那間。

我同學的老母進去以後,一堆師兄師姐圍著她母親大人傳道,
在裡面等了三小時都沒有醫生,只有師兄師姐。

好像和本篇問題沒有關係 XD
TOP 10 ways to avoid the long wait in the ER (Tried and Tested):

10. Tell the triage nurse you have overdosed on a bottle of aspirin because you are suicidal (watch out! they will put a tube down your throat to pump your stomach and make you drink nasty charcoal)

9. Black stool and passed out a few times (you'll get either a finger or a tube in every body orifice)

8. "Worst headache of my life!" (you'll end up with a spinal tap)

7. "Can't see, can't talk, can't walk"

6. Chest pain with family history of sudden cardiac death at young age.

5. Sob while you tell the nurse you have just been raped by a drug addict (you just bought yourself a complete genital exam).

4. Pay the triage nurse $100 under the table.

3. Slit your wrist (make sure you cut the artery, otherwise it's all pain but no gain)

2. Cough at everyone you see and tell the nurse you just got off the plane from China (You'll even get a private room!).

1. DON'T GO TO THE ER!
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