Patient Transport Tech to patient: â€œOkay, let me make sure the brakes are set on this wheelchair so it doesnâ€™t try to roll away from under you and hurt youâ€¦â€
30-Something Patient: â€œThatâ€™s okay, I need the lawsuit money.â€
Call me a horrible person, but I truly wanted to walk into that room, give the patient a good smack across the face and swift kick in the balls, and then do a complete 180 towards the transport tech and say, â€œI just want you to know that I appreciate that you are acting in the best interests of both the patient, the hospital, and your job. Keep up the great work,â€ before casually strolling back out.
Yeah, Iâ€™d probably lose my job if I did that. So maybe itâ€™s a good thing that I had other business on that floor?
By the way, Humble Hospital has made it a point that it is every single associateâ€™s job to prevent falls, even if they arenâ€™t directly involved with patient care. We are all taught about fall risks and how to recognize if an impatient is a fall risk by door markers, gown colors, armbandsâ€¦yup, we take fall prevention VERY seriously. (Oh, and let’s not forget that a fall put my grandfather in the hospital, and a second fall inÂ the rehab unit completely paralyzed him from the neck down.) It’s entirely possible that I’m taking this fall prevention stuff too seriously, though…