Monday, July 18, 2005

Moose checks into the ER

This is about as "non-urban" as it gets. From in Anchorage. (You can watch the security camera footage on the site. Pretty cool. I also appreaciate the EMTALA reference in the last paragraph.

Anchorage, Alaska - The emergency room at Alaska Regional Hospital has seen just about everything, but nobody was prepared for the patient who dropped in this morning.

It was about 6:30 a.m. and a young moose decided to check into the ER. The scene was caught on the hospital’s security camera.

Dr. Don Hudson was on duty at the time. The videotape shows him taking a quick look at the patient, then wisely going for a second opinion.

The moose spent more than a minute inside the emergency room, then quietly left the way it came in.

Alaska Regional says that, although the moose did not have insurance, they were prepared to give him a complete medical screening.


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