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.