(Snippets from the frontline)
The most difficult place to work in medicine
The emergency room.
It is a conveyor belt of medical care.
Because the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) did not anticipate the need for office-based primary care physicians, patient overload funneled to emergency rooms cramming colds and flu to compete with heart attacks and strokes.
Television glorifies the adrenaline rush of saving lives, but in reality, doctors and nurses are making split second decisions with frequent fear of misdiagnosis.
Most diagnosis are mundane, and often the predominant “save” they make is the button on computers filling out reams of hospital forms to protect against malpractice or serve insurance companies.
Worse is the emotional fear and guilt doctors and nurses have sending a patient home who might die, or return severely ill. The highest “burnout” rate in medicine is emergency room personnel.
The medical care rendered in emergency rooms save lives of those critically ill.
To help doctors and nurses better serve you, find a local urgent care center or primary care physician if you only have the sniffles.
Gene Uzawa Dorio, M.D.