“I gave her some pain meds and discharged her from the ER. Then I picked up the next chart in the bottomless stack.”

“I gave her some pain meds and discharged her from the ER. Then I picked up the next chart in the bottomless stack.”

By Bryan E. Bledsoe, DO.  I’ll never forget her—in fact, I still have dreams about the look on her children’s faces after she died. Her name was Claire,* and she came into the ER where I was working as an emergency physician. She had an old neck collar on upside down and was complaining of...

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