Please be mindful of your conversations while in the ED’s. Many of our spaces have no privacy and share spaces or walls with patient rooms and beds.
First, we can be quite loud and the patients are not feeling well. Talking softly makes it harder for them to hear our conversation and keeps the noise level in the entire ER lower.
Second, they will not understand your chat with your crew about the call you just worked. They assume your adrenaline is excitement and that doesn’t make sense to them. They would probably be horrified to hear that broken leg was “cool.” Or worse…..
We feel very comfortable in the ED. It is like a second home and the staff are like family. Just remember that there are guests in the house and they aren’t on the same page and will not understand. Not to mention, there are privacy concerns to think about. The patients and staff (including custodial, x-ray, cafeteria, maintenance, etc.) are working or healing and we need to be respectful, quiet and professional.
Please keep your conversations to a dull roar and make sure staff, patients and their families can’t hear you while restocking, making your stretcher and chatting in the EMS rooms.