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One Response to “Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy When Errryone’s a Snowflake | Against Medical Advice 016”

  1. Kinoons

    I’ve been on both sides of pimping as well. I can recall my paramedic internship when my preceptor asked me in front of a patient what the acronym SLUDGE was for. This patient had been dusting her roses for insects that day and went to sleep with her window open. Her bed was immediately next to the window, the roses were just outside, and the wind picked up that night. We were called when she awoke from her sleep with the sudden urge to deuce her pants and was all teared up. The story was there for a possible organophosphate poisoning but I never even considered that cause. (Who the crap uses organophosphates anymore anyways?) he was quizzing me to make a point that we need to at least consider all the possibilities for a patient’s symptoms to be at the top of our game. A good number of us in medicine will go into at least semi-stressful situations and need to be able to perform under some amount of stress. Impromptu questioning is one way we can simulate that stress without having to find someone who is actually sick. This dovetails into another complaint that I have; practitioners who are not at least trying to be at the top of their game and playing the butthurt/snowflake card. When I was still bedside nursing I called out a medic crew once for not giving morphine to a patient who most likely had a kidney stone and looked the part. The response was “we figured he could just get it here; my morphine isn’t for abdominal pain.” When I gave them grief and said I hope when they get a kidney stone (and I hope it’s a big one too) that the medic they call decides they can just wait for pain medications the medic in question decided to complain to my management because I was being mean to him. I was promptly told that EMS brings us busisness and to not piss off the medics because they bring patients which generates money for the hospital. Never mind that I also am a medic, practiced in the field for 10 years, and know damn well what the job entails. If I see a half-assed job I think it is quite alright to call someone out on it. If that’s bullying then so be it.