The path of least resistance is the path most taken. That is what I have learned after a decade of hospitalist medicine. If you're a busy outpatient internist or family medicine physician and you have a patient call your office with multiple complaints you will likely be told to go to the emergency room. Do your symptoms sound life threatening? Go to the ER. Do your symptoms sound annoying? Go to the ER. Do your symptoms sound like they are going to take more than five minutes of your time? Go to the ER. Is the ER the right place for patients to be with 90% of their complaints? Probably not. Is the ER the right place to be for 90% of outpatient physicians trying to make it through their overcrowded schedule before making it to their kids soccer game? Probably so. Ever wonder why doctors and nurses seem to say just go to the ER? Isn't the answer obvious? If it's not, these doctor ecards helps explain why the reality of medicine in America today.
Communication attempt between a hospitalist and an outpatient MD: Thank you for calling Dr XXXXX. If you have an emergency, please hang up and dial 911. If you need anything else between Friday at 5 pm and Monday at 8 am please contact your nearest emergency room for further assistance. Thank you.
This post is for entertainment purposes only and likely contains humor only understood by those in a healthcare profession. Read at your own risk.Someone found my blog by using the string of words: "I have herpes, should I go to the ER?". Yes. Go to the ER. They'll bump you to the front of the line.