Code 3 for shakiness. At the residential drug rehab. Stupid place.
“That fucking place again?”
A male in his 40s is sitting on the couch in the lobby, where apparently most of the patients wait when the facility calls 911. He looks fine, just like most patients we see here.
“Man, I can’t believe I have to go again.”
He does not want to go to the hospital but has no choice because rehab is part of his probation. He does not have any physical complaints.
“Why are we here then?”
He points at the staff, “Ask them.”
“Why did you guys call us?”
“Protocol for what?”
“His blood sugar was high. It was 300.”
“Fair enough. What time was that?”
“I don’t know.”
“We give them their meds at 4:30pm every day. He took his insulin, and we checked his blood sugar. It was high so we called you guys. It’s our protocol.”
“So, would it be fair to say that you did his blood sugar sometime between 4:30pm and 4:50pm?”
“This particular insulin that he uses isn’t very quick-acting by design. So you basically gave the insulin no time to work, and you called because his blood sugar was high?”
“Well, it’s protocol. His blood sugar is high so we need him to go to the hospital.”
“Then you’re going to be sending him to the hospital every day.”
“All I’m saying is that you should use some common sense. Can’t you wait an hour or two after the insulin before you check his blood sugar? You’re just wasting everybody’s time. You send so many people to the hospital it’s ridiculous.”
I get it. I understand that these protocols exist because of liability or someone who fucked up, but how does it make sense to reduce liability by dumping on the hospitals people who don’t need to be at hospitals? Why is there no liability for places like this that flood hospitals with stupid cases to the extent that there are no beds for actual cases? How is this any different from the regular drunk who calls 911 himself twice a day?