Here is the situation: A hospital is so busy and has been for over 24 hours that people who have been there since 10p last night are STILL sitting in the waiting room. They seem to have triaged these same patients to a degree but there also isn't any rhyme or reason to who are being seen and released (like prioritizing heart vs breaks). There have been people that go in after others this afternoon and are discharged. The claim is they are waiting for ER beds, not beds in actual hospital rooms. We are talking things like a little boy with a feeding tube who was triaged but has now missed 2 feedings and they have not attended to it! A diabetic patient who finally asked to be tested as they thought there was a problem with sugar but now needs to eat and isn't getting food (or have access to any). A patient sitting with severe bruise that runs the length of a leg experiencing neurological issues who was just given medication and a CAT scan but no further testing who is sitting (extremely uncomfortably and in need of pain management medication change of her own) in the waiting room in a wheel chair. Who, if anyone, could be called to get help to this hospital? Something is not right here. I get that hospitals are busy and can get overloaded but this sounds like there is something else going on. There isn't an abundance of ambulances that have come in either. I'm trying to assist and support the best I can and maybe what I'm asking about isn't even such a thing but this just seems very wrong considering some of the levels of what are sitting in the waiting room and the length they've been there. So am I shooting a crooked arrow into the air?