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Remember the doc from “Time to Retire“? Had a few amusing stories from patients about some of the statements he made while working in the emergency department. Since that post, I became friends with one of the people working in his emergency department. I keep trying to get that person to start a blog … to no avail. Here are a couple of more stories from reported patient encounters. A sick kid comes in. I started an IV. Kid is in and out of consciousness. Doc says “let’s tube him.” The mom is freaking out. I grab the resuscitation bag and hand the doc the Broselow tape. He gives me a blank stare and yells at me. “What the hell is this?” Mom and dad look at him then give me a look of terror. Doc says he’s never heard of a Broselow tape. Fortunately, the rest of the visit went smoothly and the kid was transferred to the peds hospital across town fairly shortly afterwards. I see a patient and then mention to the doc, “Hey just wanted to know that the guy in Room 2 has a glass eye on the left.” Doc says “He isn’t here for a problem with his eye.” I say “I know, I just didn’t want you to look bad by putting ‘PERRLA‘ in your dictation when one eye doesn’t work.” Doc says “What the f*** is the matter with you? I’m not even looking at his eyes. The guy is here for a problem with his leg. Stop worrying about my dictations. ” After the patient was discharged, I look at the dictation. What shows up? You guessed it: PERRLA.Read More »