Los Angeles, CA - Good Samaritan Hospitalist Ray Benford broke a world record Tuesday by ordering the most hospital consults in a single day. Guinness World Records was able to confirm Ray's 14 consults took out the old record of 12 consults in a single day that has stood untouched for 72 years.
"What do you mean? I'm a Hospitalist," Ray said when asked to explain why a board certified internist would need so much help with one patient.
The record breaking patient arrived as a transfer from an outside hospital with 457 pages of nursing notes, vital signs, a complete list of as needed bowel medications and no discharge summary, the normal train-wreck transfer protocol.
"I was pissed when the patient arrived right at my lunch time so I ordered a stat R.A.P.ER.S. evaluation to clear out the doctor's lounge."
The R.A.P.ER.S. acronym stands for Radiology, Anesthesiology, Pathology, Emergency and Surgery. These subspecialty physician species are notoriously known for stripping bare the buffet line in the physician lounge minutes after opening, to the disgruntlement of all other specialties.
After eating lunch, Ray says he took a second helping to his office and entered consult orders for Gastroenterology, Infectious Disease, Nephrology, Cardiology, Pulmonology, Neurology and Dermatology to see for medical management.
Rounding out the last two consults a Rheumatology request and a second opinion Rheumatology request was ordered at the same time to confirm the patient really didn't have Lupus.
"Technically, I only had 13 consults because the Dermatologist couldn't find the hospital, but they gave it to me anyway."