Favorite and least favorite diagnoses? - page 3
What are your favorite and least favorite diagnoses to work with? My favorite is DKA. Not sure why, but I think it's because the s/s, pathophys, and treatment all dovetail so neatly together like... Read More
Feb 5, '12My least favorite is CONSTIPATION!!!!!! I worked in Geriatrics and GenSurg before I went to the ED....I thought I had escaped the dreaded bowel regime and "An enema a day keeps the belly pain away!"....and yet it still haunts me once a set!
Feb 8, '12My Favs: STEMI, Trauma, Code, Septic Shock....you know, the ACTUAL sick ones! I also enjoy a drunk from time to time, I love to laugh at them and have a good time! Real Mental Health Evals, not the attempted suicides or homeless people, but the ones who are have command hallucinations and think the CIA are actually after them or the ones who think they have been transformed into a robot (true story, lol)...always entertaining! Acute Appys!
Least Favs: Dialysis patients (i worked as a student the renal floor before graduating - i've had ENOUGH!), SICKLE CELL! one in particular we always get whose pain is never anything but 10/10 and asks for her pepsi, crackers and phone before we can even finish the 'assessment' and refuses to leave until her show is over! ugh! we routinely call security to escort her out, but she still comes back!! I also hate the septic work up on kiddos <30 days old, esp when the doc is only doing it to "prove a point" to a mother who swears her child is sick because he/she keeps crying. the old man who is constipated when he hasn't had a BM in 12 hrs! Abd pain X 3 yrs, chronic low back pain, fibromyalgia, "i'm broke out down there" male OR female version! Vaginal bleeding - LMP about 4 wks ago! (duh...)
The list goes on!