We got advance notice from our night supervisor that a direct admit was going to be brought to our floor from the county jail. The patient was a gentleman in his late fifties with a history of alcohol abuse. As they wheeled him in, the EMTS and the patient were just howling with laughter.
The patient explained that, “Well, I got arrested for drunk driving again, and I sure the hell didn’t want to spend the night in that smelly jail, so when I got my one phone call, I called 911 and told ‘em I was having chest pain. And here I am!”
By Doris Therman, RN