“Code Black” in Cubicle 23.
The doctor stood impassively before the wildly agitated “speeding” patient. She was ranting and gesticulating aggressively, with eyes wide and teeth flashing. Unsurprisingly, words alone did nothing to calm her down.
The doctor, in a matter-of-fact tone, told her that if she didn’t cooperate she would be sedated against her will – for her safety, the safety of the staff, and the safety of the other patients in the Emergency Department. This ultimatum escalated her amphetamine-fueled malbehaviour.
Instantly, six security guards magically materialized and swiftly swept her onto her bed. The doctor quickly gained IV access and administered a soothing dose of midazolam…
As she drifted off to sleep she said:
“...you wouldn’t treat me like this if I was John Howard…“