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I get it, lots of people are in a hospital at all times with various needs. But is this really the most efficient way to help the injured, sick and dying? I took a friend to the hospital today and here is how it goes…

– Check in and get a wristband

– Wait

– Answer questions from the same person who gave you a wristband

– Wait

– Triage

– Wait

– Get a room

– Wait

– Nurse 1 enters gets insurance info

-Wait

– Nurse 2 rolls by with that cart and gathers even more information

-Wait

– Nurse 3 comes in and tells you all the same things and has you re say all the same things then she tells you she is going to talk to the doctor to make some decisions

– Wait

– Nurse 3 returns with game plan

– Wait

– Doctor (or maybe Nurse 3 again to take some extra tests)

-Wait

-Wait

– Nurse 1 is back for…hard to say

– Wait

– Doctor comes to give results and options

– Wait

– Get admitted or get discharge paperwork (may also include prescription you have to find time to fill)

If you have made it all the way to this point I’m sure you feel like you wasted your time, just a little bit. Which is exactly how I felt, but you read this in a min or two and I spent six hours in a hospital today. Don’t get me wrong, I would do it again right now for any one of the people in my life. But…wooooow, My friend got right in because you could see his pain. But what about that sad woman over there who is crying and alone, she also appears to be in a ton of pain. I am grateful the my friend was able to get into the ER as quickly as he did, but why can’t the whole process be that way for everyone?

I’m not a doctor or a nurse so there is more to the story than I know, I’m sure, good thing it’s not a crime to question why things are the way they are.

Never be afraid to question. That’s just my opinion.

– The Street Sage

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