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Doc 'cares' for drunk ED patients

from MedPage Today

Drunks coming in to the emergency room can be a handful, but one doctor has a way with them — and a clean way to get them out of the ED's hair, Zahir Basrai writes for KevinMD. Such patients can be a drain on resources. They can be belligerent, mean, and uncooperative. Basrai has a few tricks for making them drop their act, and a backup plan in "Cares," a detox center. Since EDs can be liable if they release an intoxicated person who later gets in an accident, having a place for them to sober up is a huge help. When he sends them off, they're appreciative. more

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