It's amazing the little things that I can learn from my patients in the ER. Just this week for example I've learned...
1. When your patient states "Nurse, I feel like I'm going to throw up", don't ever EVER, no matter how far away this nearest emesis basin is, lean down beside the bed to grab the garbage can for your patient. You will most likely end up with vomit on your head.
2. When at a New Years Eve party, beware of standing beside juke boxes and talking to "a pretty gal". It is possible to have a spontaneous compound tib/fib fracture to occur. And no, it doen't have anything to do with the fact that you were hitting on someone's girlfriend, and that it might have pissed her big boyfriend off.
3. Don't ever roll over in bed in the middle of the night, especially if you have an erection. I've learned that a penis fracture really can happen.
So what have your patients taught you?