At 02:28 PM 21/7/95 -0500, Joel T. Hardin, M.D. wrote:
> some ER based EMTs do perform what can be more or
>less termed "nursing activities" such as taking histories, physical
This statement facinates me.
In Australia the doctors take a history, examine the patient, form a
provisional diagnosis, and confirm or refute their diagnosis/differential
with appropriate investigations. Urgent treatment is rendered as
appropriate. Is this not a universal practice?
If nurses (or anyone else) are doing this, it implies either double handling
or that doctors dont perform these tasks.
I await enlightenment ;-)
Dr Garry Wilkes MBBS FACEM
Department of Emergency Medicine
Royal Brisbane Hospital
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