A bloody day at the accident and emergency department

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 26 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:882
  1. Laith K Qassim AlRubaiy (, MSc clinical dermatology candidate
  1. King's College London;, Department of Medicine, Basra College of Medicine, University of Basra, Basra, Iraq

    It was an unusually quiet night duty. I started at midnight on a cold winter night. My colleague handed me two cases to follow up—one was an asthmatic patient, who was discharged after two hours, and the other was a patient with renal colic, who became better with analgesia. Five hours passed without any patient knocking at the door. I thought it might be the cold that made people prefer to stay at home rather than coming to hospital.

    At 7 10 am, we …

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