About two nights ago……we lost control of the ER……literally…..

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Started off the shift, took handovers from the previous doctors…….then we realized that two docs on our shift had called in sick……not a good sign.

Then we realized that the critical bay was looking like a scene out of a zombie movie…..patients were falling over each other.

Patients were piling up at triage. Someone was even looking for their teenage son who apparently had wandered off…….he was just outside smoking when we discovered him.

One of my colleague’s drunk patients actually got off his bed and ran screaming through the ER……he ran after the patient and I ran after him to help……..we reached the patient, stabilized him, looked over to each other and just said…….I think we have just lost control of the ER…….

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