Q Fever! Medical Humor & Satire

March 7, 2001 | Volume 2, Issue 3

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Stable Patient Transferred To Floor

Now resting comfortably on rug

NEW YORK, NY—Paula Richardson, a 65-year old patient at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, was transferred from the ICU to the floor last night, according to nurses at the facility.

"She was stable, and we needed the bed," said charge nurse Delia Valencia, RN. "There was some extra space right next to the telemetry machines, so we figured we could still keep a close eye on her there."
Richardson rests comfortably on floor

Richardson rests comfortably on floor

After a brief delay during which housekeeping prepared the area for her arrival, Richardson was transported via hospital escort to the vacant spot in the nurses' station, where a floor nurse was already waiting.

Dr. Bryan Flanagan, floor resident, completed Richardson's transfer evaluation and admission orders shortly upon her arrival.

"It's been busy here on the floor," said Flanagan wearily. "Poor Mr. LaRussa got moved over to the sink area, and people keep tripping over his head."

"And every time the automatic door opens, Frankie Gottfried over there gets cracked in the nuts."

Plans are underway to transfer Gottfried, an 84-year old gentleman with asthma, to the utility closet.

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