We’ve all gone on the late night medical alarm call where we have to wake the patients up and somehow, after gaining entry because no one came to the door, we weren’t shot or stabbed by the startled patient. I’m not sure how to best navigate these calls. Certainly having a police officer with you is appropriate, making a bunch of noise prior to entry, during entry and whilst locating the patient within the home might save a life.

Other times maybe we’re more concerned with the safety of our “non-patient” and possibly startling them into cardiac arrest. Wouldn’t that suck? You just went from writing a “no patient found” report to having to deal with a cardiac arrest. No bueno!

I’m sticking with bringing PD and making noise to avoid that disaster. What ideas do you have? Any good stories about this scenario. Thanks for reading and as always, stay safe.