The Odd Sock
Patient comes round for foot X-ray. Only has one sock on. Request card says “Left foot X-ray.” Sock is on the left foot.
I call the referrer: “Which foot?” Her “Left.”, I say “Are you sure?” She replies “Yes.”, Third time “Definitely left?” She’s confident “Definitely left.”
I look at the patient again with his left sock on and his left sock off. I ask the relative. He says the doctor took the sock off and looked at the right foot, he thinks. He didn’t see the accident, but thinks it was on the right. He’s not sure.
I call the referrer again: “Come round here and give me peace of mind.”
She sees the patient.
“Right foot X-ray.”