A Day in the Life: Duty at the Emergency Room

Sunday, November 20, 2016


I'll be sharing my life as an E.R. Clerk on Duty in this post. So, we have a 24-hour duty every 3 days. I've had a few exposures in the E.R. a couple of months ago, so it was good to be able to acquire more skills as a Community and Family Medicine Clerk.

Here's a rundown of my to-do's in a day...

In the morning, I make sure to at least have a  20-minute routine to jumpstart the day.

This is followed by breakfast which is very vital as the day's work would be unpredictable. Well, we can always get a healhier option but for this time I opted for a little giving-in to my craving. Hihi.

On my way to the hospital.

Patients are first classified according to case at the triage area as non-urgent, urgent, or emergent cases then are referred to the most appropriate department where one's chief complaint must be attended to.

Most of the time, we monitor patients and look for signs and other clues to see if the patients are at a toxic state or otherwise. We then refer ASAP to the attending physician with the latest vital signs and pertinent observation.

The duty had a lot of walking to do, so it was best to have a sole-friendly footwear.  I also could not help but wear a pair of socks with good cushion support coz I really love to take care of my feet. I feel like a ninja of some sort whenever I look at this 'ensemble'. lol.

I believe quick breaks, in any life stage, are made to keep us sane.... I'd utter 'Have a break. Have a hopia.' for this one!

The setting is full of adrenaline every minute of the day at the E.R.. Patients come and go as time passes.


On my last E.R Duty for this rotation, I had a heavy 24-hour duty food specially delivered by my beau.

And on that same last duty day - on the 30th of October - God let me experience how to be a post-graduate intern at the Dept. Of Surgery for a day -- History taking, patient interaction, resident sidekick, exposure to cases (different types of fractures, dog biteSSS for emphasis, scenarios of fall, removal of suture, first aid in a wide wedge section muscle trauma for myorhhapy, referrals from different department for ruling in / out differentials, etc.) and so much more!

I'm really grateful for the surprises and wonderful experiences God has bestowed upon me to see and to do. There's more to come ahead... really challenging and overwhelming. But you know, in this life, you gotta seize the day.

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