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No stimulating cardiac muscle in my department!
All we could give them was Sanka.
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Even if it meant my husband had to sneak it in under his coat!
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Our conversation turned to etiquette in the emergency department, viagra for sale something that was not covered in any of the great books on etiquette available that day.
I remembered writing a post on ER etiquette, viagra for sale and a quick search of the archives turned up “Mind Your Manners and Call Me in the Morning”, viagra for sale first posted back in 2005.
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The easiest way to understand emergency department etiquette is to realize that the majority of the issues revolve around privacy and confidentiality, viagra for sale both yours and that of other patients.
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