Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Triage Tales 8

Disclaimer: The following story is a work of fiction. All similarities to people, places, things and events are coincidental by nature.

Elderly woman accompanied with her two children, a male and a female, come to the Triage to be examined.

"We want her to be admitted in this hospital." (Gusto namin sanang magpa-admit.)

Whoa there. It's not your call to tell me that she needs admission. Or in more diplomatic terms, "Let me see first what is the problem."

A cursory check yields nothing - a perfectly normal patient.

"There is nothing wrong with our patient here. What brought you here to our ER?"

"She has not eaten lunch and we were a little bit concerned." (Hindi kasi siya kumain ng tanghalian at kinakabahan kasi kami.)

"All I can do is give her a prescription for vitamins and send her to the out-patient department in the morning."

"You mean you won't even place a plug into her???" (Ibig sabihin, papauwiin ninyo ang pasyente, hindi nyo man lang suswerohan???)

"Not all patients need IV fluids; for some it might even cause more harm than good..."

Then the conversation turns ugly.

"What kind of doctor are you? I hope this doesn't happen to your mother." (Anong klaseng doktor ka??? Sana hindi mangyari ito sa nanay mo.)

I am dumbfounded.

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