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  • Turn off your cellphone.
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    • Cell phones interfere with monitors and infusion pumps that administer medications.
    • You cannot call out on the phone, augmentin 1000mg pills (brand) $327.00 and if it rings you cannot answer it.
    • If you need to make a call, augmentin 1000mg pills (brand) $327.00 step outside or ask the staff for a cordless phone.
    • There are at least 4, augmentin 1000mg pills (brand) $327.00 879 signs stating “CELL PHONE USE PROHIBITED”.
      • They are there for a reason.
      • Read and heed.
  • Stay in your designated room/area.
    • Do NOT wander the halls looking into other patients’ rooms.
    • This is not the Learning Channel; this is not “Trauma in the ER”. Augmentin 1000mg pills (brand) $327.00 George Clooney is not around the corner.
    • Respect the privacy of other emergency room patients.
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    • It’s natural to be curious/concerned about “the baby who is so sick” or “the guy who was bleeding” but the details are not for general consumption.
    • Know that your medical situation is treated with the same confidentiality.
  • Keep the number of people in the ER to a minimum.
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      • The emergency room is not the place to have your entire family tree paying you a visit.
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  • Call your nurse.
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    • Remember that when it seems that someone who looks fine is being “roomed”.
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  • Gypsybobocowgirl

    August 8, 2005 at 10:06 am

    Love your blog. I’ll be back.

  • kenju

    August 15, 2005 at 9:19 pm

    Me too!

  • Gayle Kretschmer
    Gayle Kretschmer

    August 18, 2005 at 11:47 am

    Hi Kim!
    Thanks for letting me see this … I enjoyed it and look forward to seeing more!
    Love, Gayle

  • Deacon Barry
    Deacon Barry

    August 14, 2006 at 2:58 pm

    We now allow people to use their mobiles on the ward. Their signal is not strong enough to affect any equipment, and besides, we’ve got a transmitter on the roof.
    The rest of it is so true.

  • Susan

    August 14, 2006 at 5:46 pm

    I’ve seen several situations where single moms with sick kids — and no family or other social support in town — showed up with siblings in tow. This is a really tough situation: what else is she supposed to do? A woman in that situation may very well not have the cash to pay a babysitter, even if one could be located on very short notice.

    The ED where I volunteer doesn’t ban cell phones, either, and patients or relatives can call out on our phones (not long-distance, though).

    As for wait times: I’m CONSTANTLY explaining the triage system to patients, and also reminding them that being moved to the front of the line in an ED is never a good thing. That usually makes people stop and think and say, “Oh, yeah . . . you’re right.”

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