Quote from nrsecarolyn
One of my favorite things to witness in the e.r. is when I discharge someone and ask them where their ride is they say "im calling an ambulance to take me to another hospital" I used to argue and try to reason with these people but I finally gave up and stick them in the waiting room and say "good luck with that." You just can't fix stupid!
I was a paramedic and an ERtech in an urban setting before I went though nursing school. My personal best was a frequent flyer who managed to hit all 3 ERs in the county during the course of a 24 hour shift-and while he didn't call 911 from the parking lots he did walk out of one ER and flagged down my rig in the bay to take him to the "other hospital that has better turkey sammiches" LOL.
Too many stories to have a favorite, but I remember one where we got a call at 0430 for an 18 year old female with ABD pain-my mind starts churning about ectopics and/or miscarriage enrt. We had run all night, the roads were icy and listening to the radio chatter I knew the ER was backed up with a couple of shootings and some bad MVAs. We get there, and after I assessed her I called in this report: Me: BigCity ER, BigCity ER, this is Alpha123 inbound (Biiig dramatic pause) Priority 4.
Radio Triage Nurse: Go ahead Alpha 123
Me: Apha123 is inbound 18 year old female, CC of ABD pain x1 day. A/Ox4, BP 120/80 HR 70 Resp@20. Pt states she has lower quad pain approx every 21 days. LMP 21 days ago.
Before I can continue my priority radio traffic the ER radio cuts in...
Radio Triage Nurse: (SNARLS) TRIAGE HER Alpha123
(meaning drop her off at the front entrance to triage rather than bring here to the back)
Ayup, we got called for a female who had her monthlies and wanted something done about it. The radio triage nurse was laughing when we got there