So, obviously drug seekers are a big cause of frustration and wasted resources in ERs, but I think the number one thing that I deal with that tests my patience the greatest is the douchebags with no medical training that want to micromanage how you do your work. I had people like this recently who were seriously so ridiculous that they wanted to argue with everything we did down to the dosages and types of medications. Might I add, the suggestions in question- yeah, most likely would have been lethal. For a condition that is pretty black and white on how to treat. Rationale was given and was recieved with many a scoff. Efficient care was met with suspicion and hostility. I seriously have no idea what the hell these people's problem was. But, one of our doctors has suggested a solution that I think will please everyone.
He suggests that we can go ahead and just make all of our medicines and medical supplies available to everyone. You want 15 mgs of Dilaudid at once? Cool, go buy it and make it happen! You think you and your layperson family can manage your care better than all these dumbshits down at the ER? Go to the store and get all the supplies and meds you need, and see how it works at home. If it turns out to be harder than you think, you can always come see us, and maybe you'll appreciate the fact that we went to school for this for a reason and let us do our damn jobs. Hey, you can even pay by the hour to rent one our stretchers. You can pay another fee to have Pyxis access and you can pay us by IV set for every start attempt you make. At any time, you can opt to STFU and let us take over.
Look, I realize this is ridiculous, but I'm really curious how many people would call our bluff if we gave them the chance. I bet the attitude would change after about an hour. We'd just have to stock up on Dilaudid.