Ms. Desk: "Yes, I sent them over a short while ago."
Dr. Grumpy: "I got them... but there's no lab results here. It just says they're 'abnormal'."
|"How much more helpful can it get?"|
Ms. Desk: "Well, that's because they're abnormal."
Dr. Grumpy: "Okay... but this doesn't tell me what's abnormal. Or even if they're high or low. The CMP has roughly 10-15 different things on it. Which ones are abnormal? Or is it all of them?
Ms. Desk: "Well, you're not the ordering physician. I don't see why you need more information."
Dr. Grumpy: "Because I'm trying to figure out what's wrong with the patient, and knowing which of her labs are off would help me. A lot."
Ms. Desk: "We have to protect patient privacy."
Dr. Grumpy: "But you referred the patient to me."
Ms. Desk: "Obviously, that was a mistake."