Saturday, December 31, 2011
One of the emergency departments that I work at is a freestanding facility in a shopping center. On a normal night I could see anywhere from 2-10 patients with a wide variety of complaints. The best one of the night belonged to a 30 something woman who came in with her husband at 3am with a chief complaint of " coughing". During the assessment phase of her visit with us she proceeded to cough everywhere and of course she did not cover her mouth. No other symptoms reported, just a COUGH. Please. I work with kids all the time and unless they are ranging from ages 0-6 or 7 they even cover their mouths when they cough.