What You Don’t Want to Hear Me Say at Triage

“Let me see if I can find a bed for you right away.”

“You look a bit unwell.”

“Your blood pressure is a little low — let’s get a wheelchair.”

“Let’s do an ECG right away.”

“Can I get a stretcher at Triage, stat?”

“Call a code.”

“Your wife can register you while I bring you in.”

“Wait here while I find an oxygen tank.”

“Let’s put a few more abd pads over that cut.”

“How long have you had the black stools?”

“Did the drainage start after you hit your head?”

“At what time exactly did the chest pain start?”

“At what time exactly did you notice the right arm weakness?”

“Can you page the RT?”

“Can you page the doc to the Resus Room?”

The words “ST elevation”, “shock”, “distress”, “hypotension”, “precode”, “neurological deficits”, “CTAS 1“, “actively bleeding” and “new onset” in any context.

If, on the other hand, I send you to the waiting room with a urine specimen bottle, and tell you it’s going to be a longish wait, you should be grateful, happy and relieved: you aren’t likely to die.


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  1. #1 by JennJilks on Wednesday 27 January 2010 - 1122

    Forewarned is forearmed!

  2. #2 by Sharon on Wednesday 27 January 2010 - 1550


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  3. #3 by Maha on Wednesday 27 January 2010 - 2256

    I had a patient pacing up and down in fast track stating crap like “what do I have to do to be seen faster?” Next time instead of giving the diplomacy approved answer, I’ll just print out that list and give it to him. He’s a frequent flier.

    • #4 by torontoemerg on Thursday 28 January 2010 - 0903

      The diplomacy filled answer? Hmmm,maybe that’s why I’m not working Triage much anymore…

  4. #5 by wilomis on Thursday 28 January 2010 - 0444

    You had to say “the black stools” while I was drinking my morning coffee didn’t you!

    • #6 by torontoemerg on Thursday 28 January 2010 - 0902

      You know I’m here for you, Will.

      Wait till you get more experience and start talking about rectal bleeds at dinner parties. That’s a real crowd pleaser.

      • #7 by wilomis on Thursday 28 January 2010 - 1305

        I can’t wait. Something to aspire towards….Oh joy…. rapture

  5. #8 by deBeauxOs on Thursday 28 January 2010 - 0907

    It depends on the crowd, doesn’t it.

    However, you don’t sound as though you hang out with proctologists in your free time.


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