It’s the start of flu season, and here’s the annual “long ER wait” article.

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  • Anonymous

    I work an early morning shift. I often see people who have waited for 4-8 hours to be seen for their “flu” or “cold” and I have nothing more to offer than medications that are available over the counter when I see them. Of course they are angry that they “waited for that”. If it makes them feel any better they might be really sick in a few days after they picked up something worse waiting with all the other sick people in the waiting room.

  • Anonymous

    ” I often see people who have waited for 4-8 hours to be seen for their “flu” or “cold” and I have nothing more to offer than medications that are available over the counter when I see them”

    What you need to remember is probably half of them called their pcp’s office and were told by some minimum wage secretary to “go directly to the ER” so it’s not their fault they showed up in the ER.

  • Anonymous

    If the medical advice of the min. wage secretary is just as good as that of a doctor, maybe we can replace all the doctors and have much cheaper healthcare! Eureka!

  • Anonymous

    There is no shortage of “experts” here completely qualified to practice medicine. I am baffled that there still remains 20 people in my ER waiting room

  • Anonymous

    There are 22 in my ER waiting room, I think 18 are alive 4 are dead. Thank you PCP secretaries. Does anyone else have to deal with PCPS sending patients to the ER for direct admissions?

  • Anonymous

    OH Yeah,

    When PCP’s send people over for admission and there are no beds, the admitting dept directs them to the ER. Somehow nurses upstairs can’t take extra patients but ER nurses can. Hallways upstairs can’t be used but ER hallways can.

    The public thinks (or hopes) the ER will be ready for them when they are sick. Ha Ha. The system is broke.

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