Friday, May 22, 2009

Friday Funnies

Anyone who has ever worked in a major medical center situated in a large metropolitan area knows about the dreaded "outside hospital". This is a feeder hospital, which either has an agreement with or is owned by the major urban hospital. Anyone who has ever dealt with patients from outside hospitals can appreciate the challenges faced by permanent staff.

Also frustrating for staff at major medical centers is dealing with young snotty-nosed interns, residents, and fellows during the process. Every medical service in a large facility has them. Many of them can't diagnose the day of the week when they get there and yet think they know everything.

Occasionally, you run across a group of young doctors who are pleasant to work with, eager to learn, and have incredible senses of humor. I cannot attest to how good they are at learning or how easy they are to work with. But this first video bears out the humor part...

But before you watch it, let's understand a little more background first.

Many times, tertiary care facilities are teaching hospitals. Many times, they get the stuff that the little outlying facilities are not equipped to deal with. This (within itself) is not so ironic. What is, however, is the fact that most of them have cardiologists who cath patients, but do not intervene with balloons, stents, or offer bypass surgery. Basically, this means they can diagnose but cannot treat. What's the use?

ER staffs are notorious for warped senses of humor. I wonder who is working triage here while they are filming this:



Chuck said...

LA, take it from someone who works in an inner city ER, both videos are dead on and hysterical. We get some really silly stuff from the outlying hospitals. I always say that they send the patients to us so the big people can take care of them.

Anonymous said...

It can only get better under our new National Health Care System.

LASunsett said...

Chuck, I knew you'd understand ans enjoy this one.

Mustang, I can hardly wait. Thanks for making us all all feel better, in anticipation.