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Letter to the Editor

EPs Shouldn't Have to Solve All Problems

Emergency Medicine News: June 2019 - Volume 41 - Issue 6 - p 4
doi: 10.1097/01.EEM.0000559986.82596.e0
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Editor:

The next thing I read will be “Federal Government Law Setting Discharge Rules for Radioactive Waste Creates Tough Task for EDs.” (“California Law Setting Discharge Rules for Homeless Patients Creates Tough Task for EDs,” EMN. 2019;41[3]:1; http://bit.ly/2HcvQXx.)

We'll have to keep a log, report to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, provide safe containment for transport, deliver to the nearest recycling facility, and provide a meal and a movie for the transporters while they wait for us to package this risk to the health of our country.

When will the emergency medicine community stand up and say, “Stop!” Just because we're open 24 hours a day doesn't mean we should try to solve all of the problems related to the health of our citizens.

Paul Mele, MD

Pittsboro, NC

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