Seriously?!?! - page 4

by emtb2rn 45,734 Views | 159 Comments

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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    Pt. holds arm out and states: "I want ativan right now, the other hospital gives it to me. You guys never do anything. You haven't even took my blood pressure yet"/
    Me: "
    Sir, I'm sorry but the doctor has not written an order for Ativan. However, I do need to get your blood pressure and other vital signs, this is what we do before people get discharged from the ED."
    Pt: Gives me the death stare and starts saying words I cannot repeat due to TOS.
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    Quote from nurse4sale
    Why complain for it's never going to end throughout your whole career in the ER. My guess, the man was a drug seeker. Instead of getting angry with him, someone should direct him to the closest rehab. We use to get "frequent fliers" up on the med/surg floor constantly. By this time, they were already admitted and the only thing we could do if feed them their addiction. I know, it's crazy, but I don't own the hospital, I just worked there.
    I don't know if this was in reference to my post but for the record neither if these pts was drug seeking, that is a whole 'nother issue.
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    Quote from crazy&cuteRN
    I don't get it. I'm a little slow... Sorry.
    When people come in with gnarly, nasty feet, it's called Walmart feet. I didn't make it up, I actually heard it first from a doctor. Maybe your Walmarts are nicer than ours, but it's common to see gnarly, nasty feet in Walmart (along with a host of other things that make me a Target shopper).
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    All great stories but you all are also describing the reason why our healthcare costs are soaring-because of wasteful, unnecessary, time-wasting, life-syphoning people who waste everyone's time, not to mention precious resources, on their frivilous and non-existent health emergencies. I don't work in the ER but I really feel for you all that do-I've only had the misfortune of sitting next to the "entourages" in the waiting room on a very few occasions-I can't imagine a steady diet of it!!
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    Quote from cienurse
    All great stories but you all are also describing the reason why our healthcare costs are soaring-because of wasteful, unnecessary, time-wasting, life-syphoning people who waste everyone's time, not to mention precious resources, on their frivilous and non-existent health emergencies. I don't work in the ER but I really feel for you all that do-I've only had the misfortune of sitting next to the "entourages" in the waiting room on a very few occasions-I can't imagine a steady diet of it!!
    Is a copay charged? There needs to be a way to give people incentives to go to the right level of care. I think my insurance has a $50 copay for emergency services if not admitted.
    squidbilly and redhead_NURSE98! like this.
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    Quote from Sassy5d

    Lol brick wall sometimes. Large volume of non-ER posters. What draws people in to this specific forum?
    Because we are very entertaining. I mean, in what other specialty will a co-worker say to you with a big smile, "i've got cpr in progress inbound, wanna come in and play?"
    ohiobobcat, barrymedic, nrsang97, and 14 others like this.
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    Quote from emtb2rn
    Because we are very entertaining. I mean, in what other specialty will a co-worker say to you with a big smile, "i've got cpr in progress inbound, wanna come in and play?"
    It the whole train wreck syndrome.....they are so horrified they can't look away.
    sharpeimom, DawnJ, nrsang97, and 1 other like this.
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    Quote from Psychcns

    Is a copay charged? There needs to be a way to give people incentives to go to the right level of care. I think my insurance has a $50 copay for emergency services if not admitted.
    There's no copay when you have no insurance or your 'insurance' is care source/Medicaid. Not trying to be an #*~ but I have yet to hear/see these type of requests for treatment from anyone with private insurance.
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    I like the....."I was camping and got poison ivy" you ask where and they show you their right ankle with...you guessed it poison ivy. Non draining, non infected....poison ivy.

    YOU ask when did this happen they answer..."last weekend".

    When you ask them "what changed" or "became worse" that made them need to come to the ED at 0300 on Friday a week later during a hurricane......

    They answer....."It isn't worse it just".....(wait for it) "still itches."

    Really Dude????
    nrsang97, That Guy, weemsp, and 8 others like this.
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    Yep -- what's been said above.

    The "it still hurts/itches/annoys me" chief complaint is, in my experience, 90% of the time from otherwise functional human beings. Calls that functionality into question, ya know??
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