A Barely Responsive Woman Dropped at the ED With a Note

Gregory Taylor, DO; Eric McDowell, DO


November 05, 2020

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A 36-year-old woman was presented to the emergency department (ED) after having been dropped at the hospital entrance, minimally responsive, with a note pinned to her chest that read, "I picked her up at a hotel. She said she was sick." She was quickly brought to the trauma bay.

A review of systems was limited secondary to the acuity of the patient's condition. Using the identification the patient had, an investigation revealed a significant medical history of alcohol abuse and drug abuse, with multiple prior ED visits for cocaine and heroin overdoses.


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