add your funny TRIAGE complaints from pts - page 7
Hey all new to the board, thought we could share some strang encounters in triage...... ...as the 24yr male entered triage I asked what's wrong today? He replies my "ovories" hurt...... there... Read More
Dec 15, '08Young female at triage...
"I know I am pregnant"
ER RN- "How do you know?"
"My baby's daddy can feel two heartbeats in my wrist, mine and the babies"
Dec 15, '08Quote from suzy253OMG Are they serious?:icon_rollMom and Dad brought 9 month old to the ER.
The baby isn't reading
Dec 16, '08I work as a tech in a peds ER triage area, and one time the chief complaint on the computer came up as "wants chile chicken." I couldn't believe it so I went over to registration, turned out there was a misunderstanding and the mom wanted her child checked .
Dec 17, '08I liked reading about the triage note that took 3 minutes to read.
My little incident was amusing as well. I got the triage slip and started towards it when I could see from afar that it was filled! It was only the front but it was a spiral of words starting at the bottom and going around the entire paper
I thought oh yeah....this triage process is going to be fun!
Dec 18, '08Quote from neneRNOkay, I'm being obnoxiously pedantic here :icon_roll, but...Had a little old lady yesterday who stated "I stopped breathing for 3 seconds last night"...um, if you are waiting 3 seconds between breaths, you are breathing 20 resps/min...??!?!?
With a 'standard' respiratory cycle of 3 seconds (RR of 20), we have a usual ratio of about 1:2. One second inhalation to two seconds exhalation. Genuine pauses are from end-exhalation, and don't count as part of that cycle. No matter how you count those, however, if her exhalation (plus pause?) is three seconds, then any inhalation time means a respiratory rate less than 20. If she's doing 1:3, then the rate is about 15. If her inhalation side of the ratio is less than 1, then the RR is a little higher. If her inhalation is more than 1, then the RR is even less than 15.
I know, pedantic. Sorry! But when you go to set up or manage a vent, the cycle and ratio do become relevant...
Either way, of course, your position is correct. A 3 second pause doesn't qualify as apneic episode.
Now, how did she know how long she'd paused? Hmmm....
Dec 21, '08We had a guy came in at about 0300 on am stated he couldn't sleep. b/c coming to the ed will cure that!
Dec 21, '08True triage story: I had a clean cut, neatly dressed man in his 30's come in complaining of "discharge from my penis". I asked all the pertinent questions, was he sexually active - "yes", did it hurt to pee - "no", then I asked, "Does your scrotum hurt?" So help me the man answered "Well Mam, I'd love to answer your question, but I don't know what a scrotum is!" I don't know how I kept from laughing. I said "Do your balls hurt?" he replied "oh, no mam"
Gotta keep a sense of humor!!
Dec 27, '08Admitting Dx: "Can't Stop Crying" (for 3 days straight)...and she was right. She sat in a bed in the hall and cried for hours!
Dec 27, '08Quote from Pecked2DthByChickenswhat do you do for that, i assume call psych, but is there anything elseAdmitting Dx: "Can't Stop Crying" (for 3 days straight)...and she was right. She sat in a bed in the hall and cried for hours!
Dec 27, '08You don't say how old this person is or his/her history. I've seen stroke patients who cry and cry, and they don't know why. I've also see it as a side effect of some medications, SSRI's and even benzo's. FYI.
Dec 28, '08I'm having a bad reaction to the mammogram I had last week. What symptoms are you having? Breast tenderness, missed period and nausea. Could you be pregnant? Gee, I truly never thought about that. (She was pregnant)
Dec 28, '08On Christmas evening I had a 30 yr old male who comes for a cut on his finger he had for 2 wks, occasional numbness to his arm and a bump on his sub-clavicular he had for 20 yrs. No pain, pt is in good condition. When asked why he specifically came on dec. 25 to see a doctor, he said it was his Christmas gift, to get checked out so he could start the new year knowing he was healthy.
Dec 29, '08This weird guy signed in "I want a nurse to look at my penis".....at least he was honest. lololol