You Know There Haven’t Been Enough Traumas In Your City In The Last Four Hours When…..

…you’re in the ER doing a history and physical on your last patient of the night (who is refusing treatment for her overwhelming asthma attack and is telling you all about how much crack she was smoking last night between soul-numbing wheezes) and suddenly outside you hear a chorus of:

“Peak flow contest! Peak flow contest! Who’s in?”

Followed by a bunch of grown men all enthusiastically trying to one-up each other by blowing into a tube that measures the strength of their exhalations……complete with grandstanding, unbridled cheering, and overly-congratulatory fist-bumps.

Oh, ER docs……where’s a gunshot victim when you need one?

(But let’s not be too hard on them….they had a poop-geyser situation only a few hours before. And the housekeeping staff doesn’t even clean the floors very well, let alone the ceiling….)

This sure invites juvenile commentary, doesn't it?

Published in: on March 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm  Comments (9)  

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  1. LOL… boredom + sleep deprivation = hilarity ensues

  2. What do I owe you for introducing me to the phrase “poop-geyser situation” (which will plainly need to be the name of my next band)?

  3. Me=confused. πŸ˜€

    And John P. Murphy, I will be watching out for your new band.

  4. who won?


    • One of the nurses, interestingly enough. πŸ˜€

      • goon nurse πŸ™‚

  5. Any handicapping for people who’ve recently lived in high altitude states?

    • That actually wouldn’t have much effect. The reason people from high altitudes have a different breathing ability than other people is because their blood cells adapt to carrying oxygen more effectively for the elevation. The peak flow test actually looks at the ability of the airways to pass air, which is a different process than the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood.

      Ain’t physiology cool?


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