Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Change in physical status, huh?

We very commonly get calls for "change in mental status". Usually means someone is just not acting like themselves, for any number of reasons. Today, one of the nursing homes called with a "change in physical status". WTF? One of the responding crew asks the dispatcher if that was supposed to be a change in mental status. Nope. Change in physical status. Oh, and she's a liver patient. They arrive and find that the patient has indeed had a change in status. Celestial status to be exact. She's a hospice patient who died, and the nursing home wants the medic to pronounce her.

If they had used the euphemism "assuming room temperature" maybe we'd have understood each other.

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