Our waiting room is always full, or at least it seems like it. Sometimes the nurses and hospital docs get a little miffed at me when I am pushing hard to get patients out of the ED as fast as possible. I don't look for a diagnosis quite so much as a disposition, and once there, I try to move the patient and get the next one back.
And this is why. Bad things happen in the waiting room. Apparently a runaway jury has decided to upgrade it from malpractice to homicide. Great. It won't stand, but it does usefully reinforce the point that I like to make: Quality ER care is of necessity Timely ER care.
Patient's Heart Attack In Hospital Waiting Room Is a Homicide
Coroner's Inquest Followed Death Afer 2-Hour Wait in ER
September 14, 2006
The official ruling by a coroner's jury in Lake County, Illinois that the cause of death for a 49 year-old patient who died in a nearby medical center was the "result of gross deviations from the standard of care that a reasonable person would have exercised in this situation." The jury determined that the patient's 2-hour wait in the hospital's emergency room was a homicide.