ER Pet Peeves - page 6

Omigod, i was just browsing through another forum that listed pet peeves. It was so good, but so big. I was trying to browse through for ER stuff. It's great!!! Let's start our own!!! ... Read More

  1. by   ernurse4ill
    The pt. screaming of ear pain...one look w/ otoscope reveals a live cockroach...irrigated out and still alive...pt asks for spec. cup to "take him back home"




    OMG!!! I have never had one ask to keep it!
  2. by   mshooha
    how about the doctors that order only one test at a time, and the non emergent patient ends up being there for hours.

    the adult neurotic daughter that comes in to speak for daddy because he obviously can't get a word in edgewise

    people who are allergic to everything but demerol
  3. by   student4ever
    Quote from mshooha
    people who are allergic to everything but demerol
    or who tell you they have a high pain threshold and it takes x amt (enough to kill a horse) to get their pain under control.
  4. by   cajunnga
    drunk people. the police have to bring in the public drunks who have urinated on themselves and the GBI has to bring in the the alcohol kit thing so everything will be legal, the drunk people who were cooking and dropped the hot grease accidentally all over the floor and themselves, the drunk people who ride four wheelers with no helmet, the drunk people who are watching football games and fall down and go boom and their wives bring them to the ER. These people take up time on Saturday night that could be spent seeing the really sick people. ALSO, the fevers that could have been treated at home, the sore throats that could have been treated at home, the constipation that could have been treated at home--but the biggest is the ETOH.
    Last edit by cajunnga on Nov 3, '05
  5. by   hipab4hands
    We also get the "are you busy" phone calls. I WANT to ask..... would you like a reservation?? Or better yet, the family members that call ahead to tell us they are coming and to reserve a bed...... uhhhh right...... go to triage babe. If they're that sick, call EMS.


    My favorite is,"Are you going to call the ER and tell them I'm coming in. I want them to be waiting outside for me to arrive."

    My answer, "No I 'm not calling ahead to the ER, and No, they will not be waiting outside for you to arrive. This only happens on TV."
  6. by   Heather1
    I agree with all of them. I'm glad I am not the only one who thinks these people are abnormal.
  7. by   kea6783
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    Last edit by kea6783 on Nov 7, '05 : Reason: dont care to defend innappropriate ER behavior just because they are fellow nurses and doctors..
  8. by   canoehead
    They have to do a pregnancy test on anyone of chidbearing age for quality control reasons. Also because an untold number of people will lie about having sex and actually be pregnant (some of them deliver and deny sex).

    You went to the ER for a lump on your labia??? You got in quickly by most hospital standards. Hope all was OK.
  9. by   anothermadhatter
    Wow...this could go on and on and on.

    As for kids with fevers...could you put another blanket on them?

    A personal favorite is the 2AM head injury (kid fell down from a standing position 3 hours earlier) and he's sleepy. Of course he is...it's 2AM.

    The stumped toe with...oh yeah...chest pain!

    Hope to add more to this thread later, but I'm actually in triage at the moment and have another scholar to triage.

    As for the rebuttals...work here a while...then we'll see!
  10. by   kea6783
    Quote from canoehead
    They have to do a pregnancy test on anyone of chidbearing age for quality control reasons. Also because an untold number of people will lie about having sex and actually be pregnant (some of them deliver and deny sex).

    You went to the ER for a lump on your labia??? You got in quickly by most hospital standards. Hope all was OK.
    I know policies regarding pregnancy tests. I was saying that they were unprofessional and didn't acknowledge any of my concerns. Their remarks were innappropriate and do not warrant any sort of defense.

    I didn't go into detail on the other issue but I assure you it justified an ER trip... and there were three patients in the waiting room and staff just sitting around.. for every negative ER experience, (I HOPE) there are ten good ones.
  11. by   errn7
    About 75% of the public that enter the doors on any given day would fall into the category of "pet peeves".
    One of the biggest that seems to be growing larger is Doctor's offices telling their own pts that they wont be able to see them until two weeks from this coming Thursday..."if its an emergency, please hang up and call 911" thus planting the seeds of going on to the ER for whatever the need.
    This just happened last Tues. night....LCF sent in a pt at 11pm who the night med tech said..." he wont stay awake"...Pt was sitting in the day room asleep when transport arrived...Pt aroused to verbal command and got up and got onto cot...Pt was transported to ER with the above C/O from the LCF's astute med tech.....upon arrival Pt moved from stretcher to ER bed. After triage and going through his med list it was noted he had been given Ambien 10mg at 9:30pm also Seroquel 100mg at 8:00pm..wonder why he wouldnt "stay awake".......The biggest waste of tax payer $$ of the day, and the most ridiculous reason to have a resident of a LCF sent to the ER.
  12. by   Bipley
    Quote from kea6783
    I know policies regarding pregnancy tests. I was saying that they were unprofessional and didn't acknowledge any of my concerns. Their remarks were innappropriate and do not warrant any sort of defense.

    I didn't go into detail on the other issue but I assure you it justified an ER trip... and there were three patients in the waiting room and staff just sitting around.. for every negative ER experience, (I HOPE) there are ten good ones.
    Even though you deleted your post I am going to respond anyway.

    You asked if we felt better since you were billed for services you never paid for and it ruined your credit. No, that doesn't make me feel better at all. I hate to see anyone's credit ruined but there are a couple of things you really need to realize before you assume we are all jumping on you.

    Just because you didn't pay for your medical care doesn't mean nobody else did. Lots of people that really can't afford it still pay anyway, they make monthly payments or something they can manage. So THOSE people are paying for your medical care while they have a hard time affording their own.

    You explained in the post that you deleted that you went there BECAUSE you couldn't afford to go to a private doctor. NOW you claim it really was an emergency. ????

    If there were only three patients in the ER waiting to be seen it's likely you didn't go to a county facility but a private facility instead. County is for folks that can't afford their own medical care. Sorry, I don't mean to sound blunt but it's true.

    When you use a private facility just please remember, just because you aren't paying for your medical care, that doesn't mean others who can't afford to pay for your medical care aren't paying for it anyway.

    The main hospital chain here in Phoenix has adopted a new policy to deal with issues like this. They won't refuse anyone a diagnosis, but they will refuse them treatment. They will be triaged, seen in order of severity, seen by a medical provider and if it is not life threatening they are sent to county for treatment. Even if that just means an Rx for abx, the docs will not give it to them. They are referred to county to get their Rx. So they really didn't save any time at all in going to a private facility. Instead they are having to wait in two ERs.

    This practice has saved the private facility from bankruptcy.
  13. by   kea6783
    Quote from Bipley
    Even though you deleted your post I am going to respond anyway.

    You asked if we felt better since you were billed for services you never paid for and it ruined your credit. No, that doesn't make me feel better at all. I hate to see anyone's credit ruined but there are a couple of things you really need to realize before you assume we are all jumping on you.

    Just because you didn't pay for your medical care doesn't mean nobody else did. Lots of people that really can't afford it still pay anyway, they make monthly payments or something they can manage. So THOSE people are paying for your medical care while they have a hard time affording their own.

    You explained in the post that you deleted that you went there BECAUSE you couldn't afford to go to a private doctor. NOW you claim it really was an emergency. ????

    If there were only three patients in the ER waiting to be seen it's likely you didn't go to a county facility but a private facility instead. County is for folks that can't afford their own medical care. Sorry, I don't mean to sound blunt but it's true.

    When you use a private facility just please remember, just because you aren't paying for your medical care, that doesn't mean others who can't afford to pay for your medical care aren't paying for it anyway.

    The main hospital chain here in Phoenix has adopted a new policy to deal with issues like this. They won't refuse anyone a diagnosis, but they will refuse them treatment. They will be triaged, seen in order of severity, seen by a medical provider and if it is not life threatening they are sent to county for treatment. Even if that just means an Rx for abx, the docs will not give it to them. They are referred to county to get their Rx. So they really didn't save any time at all in going to a private facility. Instead they are having to wait in two ERs.

    This practice has saved the private facility from bankruptcy.
    I didn't say either of those things.. that I didn't pay my bill nor that I went because I couldn't afford the regular doctor. I was making a point that there should be a little empathy for uninsured pts because there are a million different circumstances for why they are uninsured, and also- if they were on government assistance, they would recieve criticism for that.

    Can't please everyone.

    Ok, return the the pet peeves, some of these are really good.

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