We bring a new-onset dysarthria to the ED.
Everyone in the room knows this is a legitimate patient who should go to CT as soon as possible, tPA or not. The attending blows through the NIH Stroke Scale while the staff gets everything else ready.
“CT’s ready. I’ll take her there, OK?”
“No. We gotta scan P first. I wanted him scan yesterday, then this one can go next.”
I do my paperwork, and then nudge one of the nurses in the ribs.
“Hey, what do you have in P that’s so interesting?”
“Nothing. Some anal retentive malpractive lawyer.”