A basic ED has arranged for an urgent transfer to the trauma center. I start driving my partner and the patient to the trauma center and I’m giving a radio report out of courtesy since it’s all been prearranged anyway; they already know what they’re getting.
“This is the trauma transfer from XXX Hospital. This is a 25-year-old male who was playing soccer when he was kicked once in the right flank. He is complaining of pain on that side, and he has a fracture of the 8th rib and bleeding in…”
“Which side was he kicked?”
“I’m sorry. Which side?”
Um… I’m trying to drive, asshole. What the fuck does it matter over the radio which side he got kicked? Is he going to a different room if he got kicked on the left side instead?