May, 2008 Archive

May 1, 2008, 8:44 am

Change of Shift, a Cup of Coffee and a Tale of Judge Judy


…is up over at Life in the NHS. Julie has done a great job, so be sure to check it out! Two weeks from now our host is Dr. Emer at Parallel Universes, so submissions can be sent to “doc (period) emer at gmail dot com” or via Blog Carnival.

Doc Gurley took the reins for Grand Rounds this week, and I’ll be needing a second cup of coffee for reading this morning. Oh, I am so looking forward to summer vacation when I can wake up on Tuesday mornings and read the entire Grand Rounds. It’s like curling up with a good book!



We all have secret guilty pleasures in our lives.

Watching Judge Judy is mine. I love the way she cuts through the feces to get to the facts.

But da judge was out of her mind the other night.

She told the mother of a 17-year-old girl that she should have taken her to the emergency department for urinary tract infection symptoms, and taken time off work to do so.

Girl has recurrent infections, so her mother told her to drink water and cranberry juice and they would to to the doctor in the morning.

Girl is not happy with this set-up so she tells boyfriend’s mother her tummy hurts and boyfriend’s mother takes Girl to the emergency department and then sues the mother for the $1600 bill (ER, ER doc and meds). Boyfriend’s mom signs the consent papers, apparently. Mother never authorized the visit, and did not take her daughter because she knew the ER was expensive and they did not have the money.

Of course, there are other factors involved – no one with any brains ever gets to stand in front of Judge Judy, anyway.


Judy, Judy, Judy – how can a lady as smart as you not understand that you don’t go to ERs for urinary tract infections when they are recurrent AND you have a doctor you can see within hours?

Now every single person who saw that segment thinks that symtoms of a UTI with a history of recurrent UTIs is a reason for an ER visit.

Sorry, Judge. You may have gone to law school but it sure did not give you any common sense when it comes to the appropriate use of an emergency department.

Ya blew it.

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