A patient was brought in by his boss after getting some sawdust in his eye while working at a distribution center for machinery parts.
As I examined the patient, the first thing I noted was his red eye. The second thing I noted was the fact that his breath smelled like he had just gotten home after a night out drinking at the bars.
“This just happen before you got here?” I asked, wondering if maybe he went out drinking after it happened.
“Yeah, went to the office and my boss drove me straight here. He’s sitting in the waiting room.”
I got the piece of wood out of the patient’s eye. The patient’s boss was in the room by the time the patient was getting ready for discharge.
“Does your company require drug and alcohol screening on injured patients?”
“Naw. Don’t worry about it.”
I walked out of the room and the boss followed me.
“You sure?” I asked.
“Listen. If we did drug and alcohol screens on every employee in our company, I’d lose at least half my workers.”
Note to self: In the future don’t lift machines by package handles when packaged in this area.