The ER is for Emergencies.

The ER is for Emergencies.

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Concerned Citizen

Saranac Lake, NY

#1 Jun 10, 2012
So I am sitting with my son the other night in the ER at the hospital. The nurses are running around doing their thing and people are coming in left and right. Not unusual for a night at the emergency room I'm sure. The thing that caught my attention while we waited was the people that came in. First of all, they came in herds. There were entire groups of friends and large families trudging down the hall. In some cases there was standing room only and people needed to be asked to move so the staff could attend to their patients. So here we are sitting there and we can hear laughing and joking and fooling around. Not to mention the bumping into the adjacent wall as if there was a wrestling match going on on the other side. You could always tell when it was smoke break time because four or five people would head for the door in groups laughing and talking as if they were in their favorite bar. Secondly, more than one of the people that were brought in were asked in a fairly audible fashion "What was the date of your injury?". To my surprise some of the people who I overheard talking weren't even injured that day. Instead their injury had been "bothering" them for several weeks. The staff did a great job and the hospital was fine too but "What is wrong with people?" It's an emergency room, not Friday night entertainment. Keep your brood on a leash and out in the waiting area. People who are seriously injured don't want to listen to your merry making while they suffer with a legitimate injury. Also, if you've had an injury bothering you for weeks...obviously it's not an emergency. Save your money and make and appointment with your doctor or go to the clinic. Then again, I suppose that if it's not your money that is being spent why bother being frugal? So I'm sure I'll get cut up on for voicing my opinion on this but, am I really so far over the line? So what do you guys think? What are your experiences with our hospitals ER?

Stafford Springs, CT

#2 Mar 16, 2014
MORE people need to realize the poor staff over there does their best!


#3 Oct 18, 2014
the ER is for everyone one who needs a medical issue taken care of after 5pm. and all day weekends.

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