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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Security in the emergency room

EdwinLeap.com - September 15, 2016 - By Edwin
"Emergency departments come in all shapes and sizes. I recently visited one that treats about 350 patients per day, which comes in around 127,000 per year. That’s a lot of sick people. Some departments see more than that.
Other emergency departments where I have worked in my locums journey see fifteen patients a day, which is about 5,000 patients per year. Some see less that that.
But one thing is certain. All of them are dangerous. And I don’t mean because of medical error or malpractice. They’re dangerous because they are frequently overcrowded and understaffed, to be sure. But what I’m really talking about is the dangerous people who use them.
In addition to the incredible work done in so many ER’s around the country, in addition to the lives saved the suffering alleviated, many of our patients are suffering from mental illness (some violent), many are seeking drugs (and dangerously angry when denied) and others are simply criminals. ER patients are sometimes victims of other ER patients. ER visitors can be as dangerous as the patients, and sometimes claim to be family in order to exact vengeance on the sick and injured..."