What should I do now? It was after midnight. The patient wanted to go home to bed. I wanted to go home to bed. We all just wanted to go home. Some of the staff were saying, ‘Let’s just hold him down and put him to sleep.’ Others were saying, ‘Just let him go home.’
Watch Dr Zafar Smith re-tell A crucial truth:
A crucial truth by Dr Zafar Smith appears in EMERGENCY: Real Stories from Australia’s ED Doctors, available now from Penguin Books Australia.