An Open Request to Everyone Who Works in an Emergency Room

From Musings of a Dinosaur:

I hereby call upon all ER physicians, nurses, clerks, aids, receptionists, security and housekeeping staff, along with anyone else who talks to patients to BANISH the following words from your vocabulary:

Why didn’t you come in sooner?

For starters, it isn’t even really a question; it’s a poorly disguised way of saying, “You should have come in sooner.” Next, it doesn’t matter. Science has yet to perfect a working prototype of a time machine, so whatever would have been different if the patient had presented at some time in the past is completely irrelevant. The patient is here now. Not two weeks ago; not two hours ago, but now. This is what you have to deal with, so deal with it.