Tuesday, August 19
What happens in the ED? I was once admitted to the ED for a severe sore throat. I decided to check myself in after the problem progressed to the point where I had difficulty chewing and swallowing. I checked myself in at around 6am and left the ED at 12pm. The ED during this hour was not busy at all; there were probably a total of 3 patients, including me, waiting to be seen. The procedures that I followed are listed below:
1. Check in with receptionist – insurance info, paper work, etc.
3. Nurse triage – get history, vitals, ordered tests, etc.
5. Saw the physician for 5-8 minutes
6. Wait for the test results to come back (I was put in a bed to sleep by this time)
7. Saw the doctor again and she explained the results, prescribed some medicine
8. Leave the ED
I am guessing that the long wait is attributed to lack of staff (nurses and doctors), and waiting for the test results. But six hours is still a pretty long wait.
After Dr. Ackerman presented his ppt on his work in the ED, I could sympathize a little bit more with why there is such a long wait. There is simply a lot of volume and not enough staff to handle the traffic.