10. It Helps if You Give Realistic Pain Estimates
The pain rating scale presented at the emergency room can seem silly or unrealistic when you are experiencing pain. However, medical staff can better diagnose your condition and manage your pain if you give realistic estimates of your pain. It may help to think of the worst pain imaginable as being a ten on the scale, and no pain at as being a zero.
9. Emergency Situations Are Seen First
Keep in mind that emergency room personnel are continuously evaluating patients. Their goal is to prioritize situations that require immediate attention over those that can safely wait. Therefore, patients with true emergencies may receive attention first. The Western Maryland Health System uses a color system to determine which cases need immediate attention. Green signifies illnesses that are not life-threatening. Yellow represents patients with serious injuries or signs of significant illness. Red denotes a life-threatening injury or medical condition. Finally, black represents a patient who has died or has sustained a mortal injury.
8. Being Polite Goes a Long Way
When dealing with any humans, politeness goes a long way toward softening attitudes and winning support. Speaking politely and respectfully with the receptionist, aide, nurse, or doctor may help ease their burden and gain their respect. Wouldn’t you act more favorably toward someone who is polite than toward someone who is demanding and rude?