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Becoming the Problem: I Wasted the ER's Time, Here's What I Learned

I am wasting the time of the emergency room staff. Please stop me.

This is not the blog post I intended to write. Instead, I intended to write about the how emergency rooms should be used for LIFE THREATENING emergencies only.

I wanted to talk to you about the sniffles of children, the coughs and wheezes of heavy smokers and the ever-urgent complaint of "I need a refill" that echo in emergency rooms across the country.

I wanted to talk about overcrowded waiting rooms and beds that are needed for people with actual -- you know – EMERGENCIES.

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