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    To my ER colleagues, I am very sorry. Sometimes you try and try and try to teach patients about what symptoms require ER visits vs PCP or urgent care clinic. You can only beat your head into a wall so long before throwing your hands up and telling them to do whatever they want.Again, I'm sorry, I really did try.
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    Doesn't sound like anything you need to apologize for. You can't control other people's choices and actions.
    Ir15hd4nc3r_RN and bebbercorn like this.
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    Lol, I know, I just keep thinking if I teach and reinforce anytime I can it will eventually work.
    I mean, how useful are we if we can't get something that simple across?
    Ir15hd4nc3r_RN and bebbercorn like this.
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    I tell my family and friends, "ARE YOU GOING TO DIE?!" Then it can wait.
    itsmejuli, canoehead, Ir15hd4nc3r_RN, and 1 other like this.
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    Pretty much everyone who walks in gets bloodwork and an IV. I tell people "if it's not bad enough to need an IV, go to prompt are or make an appointment with your regular doctor."


    (Autocorrect decided "bloodwork" should be "bloodworm". Glad I caught THAT one before posting!).
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    I just love their blank state when you ask what the emergency is....
    bebbercorn likes this.
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    Yea, this patient just loves going to the ER. She has a headache unrelieved by OTC tylenol. Refuses to try ibuprofen or cold pack or rest. Because of pain, BP is borderline high. Insists her pulmonologist told her to go to the ER if she isnt feeling well. I try to explain that I'm sure this doctor was referring to resp distress. Still insists she wants to go. Fine, do wtv you want while I go bang my head against the wall a few times...
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    You can lead a horse to a PCP....
    C-lion, DawnJ, CloudySue, and 8 others like this.
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    I think people go to the ER because it's less hassle than to call their primary, schedule an appointment, and actually wait for that date...even if it is only a day or 2 away.

    I've never worked in ER, but I've been there as a patient or with family. I'm appalled by what some people consider emergency. I worked urgent care for 5 years freaking ridiculous. Hangnail, yeast infection, cold sx for 2 hours...seriously???
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    Quote from Jeweles26
    Yea, this patient just loves going to the ER. She has a headache unrelieved by OTC tylenol. Refuses to try ibuprofen or cold pack or rest. Because of pain, BP is borderline high. Insists her pulmonologist told her to go to the ER if she isnt feeling well. I try to explain that I'm sure this doctor was referring to resp distress. Still insists she wants to go. Fine, do wtv you want while I go bang my head against the wall a few times...
    Can I just say that although it may not seem like an emergency to you, a headache can be a symptom of something more sinister!! Instead of assuming how about asking 'when is the pain worse?' Or 'do you have any visual issues/disturbances?' If the answers are in the morning and yes then get a neuro-ophthalmologist to look for papiloedma which is indicative of IIH!!!
    Ir15hd4nc3r_RN and tewdles like this.


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