06 January 2008

Security, please!

Man brings a hand grenade to the ER.

Yikes. I knew Detroit was a rough town, but...

"Demerol? Certainly sir. How much would you like? Just don't pull the pin."

We work in one site where there is no security presence (small hospital). It can be a little scary sometimes. Glad we don't have to deal with that sort of thing, though.


  1. You don't have an armed security guard? Wow. Seriously, I'm not being sarcastic at all, I find that hard to believe.

  2. I am very concerned about security. I would like the readers to know about the lack of protection offered by the Transportation Security Administration. Changing gloves routinely ‘not part of standard operating procedures’ at Transportation Security Administration, government official says

    As the U.S. government steps up its efforts to stem the spread of potentially deadly viral and bacterial infections at national airports, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA), is in the spotlight once again. TSA, the agency created in the wake of 9-11, is a key player in the government’s pandemic protection program. But, Infection Protection has learned, TSA personnel infrequently change their gloves, and thereby risk contaminating millions of travelers crossing the security check points. Lauren M. Wolf, strategic communications officer at TSA, Washington, D.C., says “it’s simply not part of the standard operating procedures (SOPs).” This differs from what doctors and nurses routinely do, which is change gloves dozens of times a day after coming into contact with potentially infected patients.


  3. I went to Wayne State. Rotated through Detroit Receiving. It is a snake pit. That story, sadly, doesn't surprise me.

    BTW - congrats on a beautiful little girl. Now start working on your flexibility cuz she will have you wrapped around those little fingers. :)

  4. We had a chronic psych dude come into our ED & shoot a patient and resident dead. So now we have on-site *cops* with, like, guns and stuff.

    /Kansas City, Kansas. Not Missouri.

  5. Recently the hospital I work at let all our regular gun carrying security guards go and hired a new "security" that doesn't carry guns. Most, not all, are out of shape and I could some of them on myself and win.

    Also, we recently built a new ER and the staff wanted bullet proof glass in registration. The cost was "to much." A few months ago a man got irate for having to wait 15 minutes to be seen and picked up a chair in the lobby and threw it through the window at the receptionist. The receptionist was covered with shards of glass but, fortunately, was not injured.

    Naww.... security is really not necessary in the ER.


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