We all deal with GOMO patients from time to time

TALES FROM THE FRONT LINE


In Emergency Room vernacular, a G.O.M.E.R. is someone whose frequent visits are unwelcome, often an elderly and noncommunicative patient who is sent or dropped off with vague complaints not easily remedied in the ER. The acronym stands for “Get Out of My ER”, and it comes from Samuel Shem’s novel “House of God”.

In my line of work, we have what I think of as G.O.M.O. patients. I don’t know if anybody else uses the term, but in my mind it means “Get Out of My Office”, specifically “and to the ER instead