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A fun A&E (ER) shift

February 11, 2010

Yes, it’s me again from the bowels of A&E in London.

Yesterday’s shift started with pandemonium, as usual. The Registrar (Senior Resident) was trying to sort out where everyone was working… and failing. As well as permanent staff, we have temporary locums, and they can really slack if they want to.

So, I started in Minors (minor injuries) and dealt with a few bits and bobs there. I also diagnosed a dislocated shoulder, and helped to reduce it… very exciting

Paediatrics was well behaved for once, and we closed that department down at 2 am. From 3.30am til 6 am, we had no patients!!!! Only 2 patients were in A&E and  they were dealt with. So, the registrar decided to play charades. We each had to write 5 names of famous people, cartoon characters etc and fold them up and put in a (sick) bowl. We divided into teams and the first round, we described with sentences, then second round we described with one word, then actions. The highlight was watching the senior nurse trying to dance like John Travolta and failing! The patients were all watching and laughing!

However, at 6am, the ambulances came rolling in and brought a few little old ladies so the fun and games stopped as quickly as it started and we got back to work.

Who says medicine was boring?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 12, 2010 12:16 am

    It isn’t BORING, it is DRAINING. Although, a friend also working in A&E recently told me she was bored by her job. She was all, ‘people are coming in and they’re bleeding and dying, and I. Just. Don’t. Care. I’m. BORED.’

    Also, urgh, sick bowl 😄

  2. February 12, 2010 2:09 am

    wow, a little surprise fun in there! i am wondering, though, about the old ladies at 6 a.m….

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