What hath emergency medicine wrought? Helplessness

It seems that all day, every day I care for patients who simply won’t take care of themselves.  And I sometimes think that we in emergency medicine have caused more harm than we expected.

Now let me first say, I also take care of those who can’t care for themselves.  There are those who, through age, infirmity or poverty simply have no means.  The patient with a chronic condition who can’t see a specialist. The patient who has no family or transportion outside the ER staff and the ambulance. The demented, the mentally challenged, the broken children.  Bring them on!

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