Friday, March 18, 2011

NO!, part 2

Dear Idiot ER Doctor in smaller hospital next county over:

Yes, I understand that the gal in your ER sees my partner, Dr. Johnson. But you are telling me that she is orthostatic, hypotensive, and blood is pouring out her vagina. I will NOT accept an unstable patient from a 45 minute drive away, so please call Dr. Smith at your hospital. She has GYN privileges at your hospital. And yes, I completely understand that she sees my partner. She could possible DIE in transit. Call Smith.

I needed to repeat that multiple times before he understood no means no.

sigh.

7 comments:

rlbates said...

Speechless

Watercolor said...

omgosh. Why did they call??? That makes no sense.... I'm not even a medical person and I'd be flipping out if I knew this was going on.

terri c said...

OMG!!! I hope the patient and baby survived.

ER's Mom said...

Miscarrying an early pregnancy. Needed a D&C sooner rather than later.

Anonymous said...

insurance status?

ER's Mom said...

Don't know. Don't care.

I run the OB department at a free/medicaid clinic. But due to being in an underserved area, we also have a significant commercial insurance presence as well. The only time I look at insurance is when I'm done with the patient and & I need to know what codes to fill in for billing (medicaid and commercial having different billing requirements).

Anonymous said...

mom- i see plenty of patients referred from a distance because a more local doc will not see them due to payment issues, or bounced from the other on call practice in town for the same reason. sorry my question was unclear. that was my only point. clinically, for the welfare of this woman, you are, of course, spot on.