Friday, February 19, 2010
Laying on Hands
You know what medical phrase I really hate? I hate when someone, usually an ER doc, asks if I could swing by and "lay some hands" on someone. Typically, the patient comes in with a chief complaint of abdominal pain but the work-up in the ER (CT scan, ultrasound, labs) comes back completely negativo. But the patient still complains of pain, so the ER doc wants a surgeon to check the patient out before discharging home--- the classic CYA consult.
But I absolutely loath that phrase. Laying on of hands. I can't help it. Makes me sound like I'm some sort of 19th century itinerant faith healer, a modern-day Esau performing sacraments in the trauma bay.
Anyway, that's the end of this blog post. I still love you ER guys.