An emergency room doctor, Helen Ouyang, has written an article for the New York Times suggesting that understanding transgender health issues is as important as knowing how to resuscitate a cardiac arrest victim. The flawed logic seems to stem from the idea that patients have judged themselves as being treated differently.
She goes on to say that “Sometimes the patient is registered as the wrong gender immediately from triage, resulting in a strained communication from the get-go,”.
Examples are cited where doctors have been “confused” and on occasion let out “surprised gasps”. Ouyang blames this on lack of training for doctors and “our own ignorance”
As reported in the Daily Caller:
Transgender patients often cause confusion in emergency rooms when their genitals don’t match their listed gender, a Thursday New York Times op-ed explained.
Many times the awkwardness stems from the transgender patient’s gender identity not aligning with their private parts, emergency room physician Helen Ouyang writes.
Of course, as opposed to months of training and thousands of hours being wasted on this, the hospital admittance form could just have a different box to tick. e.g. “transgendered” which would solve all of the issues Doctor Ouyang raises without the need for changing the whole medical profession.