searching for ER myths!!

  1. I am working on a presentation on myths and legend in the emergency. Any ideas of such or where I could find could documentation to back my saying??
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  2. 27 Comments

  3. by   TazziRN
    Not sure exactly what you mean.....about how ERs work? Or quack symptoms and cures?
  4. by   neneRN
    Are you talking about layman misbeliefs or something different? Like you'll get treated faster if you come by ambulance or never say the word QUIET in the ER (okay, that one really is true, though)?
  5. by   AnnieOaklyRN
    If you take an ambulance to the E.D. you will get seen quicker.

    Swtooth
  6. by   neneRN
    Quote from swtooth
    If you take an ambulance to the E.D. you will get seen quicker.

    Swtooth
    Are you kidding? Intermediate Care/Fastrac type patients who call an ambulance get sent out to triage to wait with everyone else in my ER. When we're backlogged, even the EMS pts who are truly ill have to sometimes wait several hours (while still on EMS stretcher, they're not even offloaded) as we juggle who's sickest..and its not rare that a pt coming in from the lobby is sicker than the EMS pt and bumps them.

    (Do you work in an ER?)
    Last edit by neneRN on Mar 19, '07 : Reason: spelling
  7. by   TazziRN
    Nene, I think Saw was listing one of the myths, not saying that's what happens.
  8. by   AnnieOaklyRN
    Nene,

    Umm, apparently you did not notice the title of the thread, as it is asking about E.D. MYTHS, which is exactly what I posted.

    Swtooth
  9. by   neneRN
    Quote from swtooth
    Nene,

    Umm, apparently you did not notice the title of the thread, as it is asking about E.D. MYTHS, which is exactly what I posted.

    Swtooth
    Sorry! I just saw your post under mine and thought you were saying they DO get seen faster!
  10. by   EricJRN
    If you have an organ donor card, they'll let you die to get your liver.
  11. by   Ginger35
    Don't say the word "quiet" - you will anger the "trauma gods"

    Sometimes, we lay out an amp of lido near the bedside and or wave it around to ward off "evil spirits".

    Any downtime is the "lull before the storm."
  12. by   schroeders_piano
    Always leave at least one patient name on the ER board or you will fill every room within an hour. (When you have on of those rare PFZs(Patient Free Zone) going on.

    Always keep a critical patient's feet warm so they won't die in the ER.
  13. by   kdmmomRN
    There are a lot of psych patients or patients with psych issues..."It must be a full moon"
  14. by   austin heart
    Quote from schroeders_piano
    Always leave at least one patient name on the ER board .....
    LOL, We actually do this.

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