Monday, August 30, 2010

Early monday hospital rounds

Dr. Grumpy: "Why did you call 911?"

Mr. Phlush: "Because my toilet was clogged."

Dr. Grumpy: "Why on Earth did you do that?!!!"

Mr. Phlush: "I don't know any plumbers."

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Eh? What is the process between him calling, to you seeing him? Was there no earlier point where it could have been ascertained that he really needed a telephone directory?

Anonymous said...

Yeah, why were you consulted? Perhaps the police should have been consulted so that Mr. Phlush could be fined for 911 abuse. That's as bad as when people call 911 because their fast food order isn't to their liking.

Grumpy, M.D. said...

They thought he was confused, and brought him in.

Anonymous said...

Aha. Confusion. Makes sense then.

terri c said...

Yeah, he does seem a bit off--but if that EMS crew parked your waiting room they might end up hauling half your patients to the ED!

Brad said...

If I had been on the EMS crew that brought him in, I would of called for Law Enforcement to arrest him for misuse of 911 (providing that he was indeed A&O x4)

~Brad
@EMTGoose

Eileen said...

Apaprently it is quite usual in the UK for 999 (911) to be called to have light bulbs replaced, TV remotes retrieved and other such trivia dealt with. My GP was called once (sometime ago when they did their own out of hours cover) because the light bulb in the stairwell in a condo had gone out and person couldn't reach it to replace it. At 3 am!

Kat's Kats said...

The answer is here, second column over, third row down. No question... okay, unless there was actually dementia etcetera involved... which I rather doubt since if that were the case you wouldn't have bothered to blog it. Some people. ::rolls eyes::

Anonymous said...

My MIL, age 92, called 911 to report that someone had locked her in her apartment and she could not get out. (She could not figure out how to open the door)
The call earned her a trip to the hospital, an admit to the psych ward, and new accommodations at the alzheimer's wing of the local nursing home.

The family was in denial that she was not fully functioning until then. The 911 call was the family's wake up call.

I am sure that if the hospital doctor had a blog she, and the family, ended up on it.

Sarah G said...

I worked third shift records at my local police department for a while. The dispatch people had all sorts of stories about callers who wanted the police to move refrigerators, complain about bats, view evidence of infidelity, etc.

It's just amazing.

JoAnna said...

Um, I guess he's never heard of the Yellow Pages.

ER's Mom said...

So sorry my patient's S.O. called you...

;)

 
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