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I work in the ED, no set ratios. We typically have 5-6 minor pts, but Major has no limit. Yesterday I was in major with 6 rooms. Our ED allows hallway PTs, I have had 4 hallways in major…so 10 PTs. Yesterday I had a septic PT on levophed, insulin drip, and on bipap…no intubation. Seizure PT on Dilantin drip. Femur fx PT. Stroke PT. Angioedema PT, which was worsening. CP pt. And SOB desating which ended up being multiple PEs. This was all at the same time. And I got in trouble for not getting a break the first 8 hours. When was I supposed to fit that in?

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