Seriously?!?! - page 15

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Time for another vent thread. Today's topic is: "You're here for what? Seriously!?!?!" 32y/o m, hx htn, vs wnl, cc is "chest pain for about 1 second 4 hours ago", no current complaints. Crossed my mind to give him a... Read More


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    Why do patients come in with these complaints and when they find out nothing is wrong with them, they get all upset?

    Most (if not all!) of my patients from the other night came in c/o abdominal pain. They are flabbergasted when they learn they truly don't need anything for pain ("but oh my gosh, I'm in SO much pain I need Dilaudid NOW!") and the doc only prescribes some simethicone, colace and a nice bottle of mag citrate (ours has a pleasant lemony flavor!). It's like they WANT something to be wrong with them. You should be happy that the abdominal CT showed nothing serious, you just need to pass some gas and poop a little!

    And I love how patients show their "true colors" when they don't get what they want. Another one of my abdominal pain patients was all nice and sweet until they learned that the provider wouldn't give them the Dilaudid or morphine that they wanted; instead, all they were getting was a Lortab. Ugh.
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    Quote from turnforthenurseRN
    Why do patients come in with these complaints and when they find out nothing is wrong with them, they get all upset?

    Most (if not all!) of my patients from the other night came in c/o abdominal pain. They are flabbergasted when they learn they truly don't need anything for pain ("but oh my gosh, I'm in SO much pain I need Dilaudid NOW!") and the doc only prescribes some simethicone, colace and a nice bottle of mag citrate (ours has a pleasant lemony flavor!). It's like they WANT something to be wrong with them. You should be happy that the abdominal CT showed nothing serious, you just need to pass some gas and poop a little!

    And I love how patients show their "true colors" when they don't get what they want. Another one of my abdominal pain patients was all nice and sweet until they learned that the provider wouldn't give them the Dilaudid or morphine that they wanted; instead, all they were getting was a Lortab. Ugh.
    It's amazing how sweet they are until you tell them they 'don't' actually have an 'emergency'. I have a sweet, scripted line for many of my patients.
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    Quote from Sassy5d

    It's amazing how sweet they are until you tell them they 'don't' actually have an 'emergency'. I have a sweet, scripted line for many of my patients.
    Oh do tell!
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    Fortunately I wasn't the triage nurse on this particular day.... My mother had presented to her local ER because she was experiencing severe vertigo, something she hadn't experienced before and in a panic her friend had driven her there. In front of Mum in the line at triage, she overheard the gentleman explain that he had done an excessive number of situps at the gym and now his belly was sore. Mum phoned me to tell me that, she couldn't believe that someone would go to an Emergency department with such a complaint......
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    Quote from SweetMelissaRN

    Oh do tell!
    The good news is, from our testing today, what your experiencing is not a life threatening issue. There's no blockages, growths or swelling that is causing your pain. Your blood levels are normal, which indicates you are not experiencing any active bleeding or issues of concerns with your organs. Your d/c plan is xyz, and I encourage you to follow up with your doctor, where more in depth testing than is available in the ER can be performed. Of course, I encourage you to return to the ER if you feel your condition is becoming worse or new symptoms develop.
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    Quote from Sassy5d

    The good news is, from our testing today, what your experiencing is not a life threatening issue. There's no blockages, growths or swelling that is causing your pain. Your blood levels are normal, which indicates you are not experiencing any active bleeding or issues of concerns with your organs. Your d/c plan is xyz, and I encourage you to follow up with your doctor, where more in depth testing than is available in the ER can be performed. Of course, I encourage you to return to the ER if you feel your condition is becoming worse or new symptoms develop.
    I'm stealing that! Literally that's perfect.
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    Quote from Sassy5d
    The good news is, from our testing today, what your experiencing is not a life threatening issue. There's no blockages, growths or swelling that is causing your pain. Your blood levels are normal, which indicates you are not experiencing any active bleeding or issues of concerns with your organs. Your d/c plan is xyz, and I encourage you to follow up with your doctor, where more in depth testing than is available in the ER can be performed. Of course, I encourage you to return to the ER if you feel your condition is becoming worse or new symptoms develop.
    Definitely stealing this!
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    I work in ICU, and one night while waiting to see what my next admission was, I looked up the patients waiting to be admitted. "Shut penis in car door." That was someone's cc.

    I just... can't... quite imagine how that happened...
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    Quote from vera4130
    I work in ICU, and one night while waiting to see what my next admission was, I looked up the patients waiting to be admitted. "Shut penis in car door." That was someone's cc.

    I just... can't... quite imagine how that happened...
    Sounds like a case for dr vinnie boombatz or possibly dr nick riviera....
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    Pt and family came to ED in a panic, arm wrapped in dirty towel, cc of knife lac and "blood everywhere at home." When we finally got the "Deliverance family" to show us the arm, I had to look around for a hidden camera! Never have I seen such a stupid waste of time in my life!!! I mean, there was a couple 2mm drops of blood on the arm!!!!!! I had a bandaid on my arm that shift from an abrasion on my arm that I didn't even know was there, and was larger than this "arm lac,." What a waste of resources, and oxygen...
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