Triage complaints- the good, the bad, and the shocking. - page 8
"I was raped by an octopus." "I have severe, severe, severe, SEVERE, SEVERE cold sores!" (five severes, I counted. And one cold sore visible.) Discuss.... Read More
3Feb 8, '13 by tootiesUnforgettable...
A 56 year old lady came on day, with a complaint of Difficulty of Breathing, known asthmatic for 10 years.
came in semi-conscious with a face mask on attached to hand pump used to pump air on tires.
suddenly, the relatives say she's dying! Duh! i wonder why, they've been pumping for 4 hours! I don't know if i should laugh or strangle the relative.
5Feb 8, '13 by canoeheadQuote from R!XTEROur newscasters were horrible last year emphasizing deaths from the flu, and then the government put out ads saying to go right into your PCP if you had flu symptoms, and start the Tamiflu early. So everyone with a sniffle and fever showed up. Can't blame them, since they were told they might die if they waited until they got really sick.Young healthy 30 yr old female "I have the flu"
"OK, so what made you come in tonight?"
Blank stare. "Because I have the flu. I don't feel well."
Grrr this flu season has been brutal. Don't know why ppl think the flu is a medical emergency.
6Mar 28, '13 by KentuckyNurseKimHad to share... Had a f/m ring the videophone in the ambulance bay last shift. Asked how I could help. States, "I think my Mother-In-Law might have passed away in the car." 0.0. Grab a couple pairs if hands and sprint out to find her a hair's breadth from death, no response to painful stimuli, shallow, agonal resps, hardly any palpable pulse, blue as a fish, bladder release. Family calm as can be. Don't know how, but we kept her going. Posturing while we worked. Grabbed all the newbies to come work her because they usually do not get to come in on a code when they are busy elsewhere. Vented her and sent to the ICU. Good teamwork in our little ER. Bell ring to bed with IVs x 3, vent, NG, F/c, labs, levophed, bolusing NS in 10 minutes or so.
9Mar 28, '13 by shoegalRNHad this one last summer:
A middle aged woman and man is standing in line to be triaged. Both are calm, quiet, and don't seem to be in any distress. The man has on a sweater which I found odd for summer time weather. Anyway...
Me: "what brings you in tonight"?
Woman: "WE need to see a doctor" (pointing at man), man is not speaking.
Me: (to the man) "what brings you in tonight?"
Woman: (before man can answer) "he came home and said somebody shot him in the chest".
Me: (rushing to get man back to a room) "come with me sir", I remove the man's shirt and there are two open wounds noted to chest. Minimal bleeding noted. There were no holes in the sweater the man was wearing, but there were holes in the shirt underneath.
Man: "I was shot"
Woman: "he drove himself here. We rode in separate cars".
Me: (puts man in wheelchair, calls out a trauma and pushes man to trauma bay)
Woman: leaves prior to police arriving
Man is tubed and placed in ICU. Woman was his wife. Story was he was caught cheating and wife followed him over to other woman's house, had altercation with both the other woman and husband and shoots the husband. Then he drives himself to the hospital and she followed him to make sure he made it. This is according to the detective who arrived later to "interview" the victim after mistress called police.Last edit by shoegalRN on Mar 28, '13 : Reason: spelling
1Mar 29, '13 by turnforthenurseRNPatient came in by EMS, told them he wasn't feeling well, but when I went to do his triage and asked what brought him to the ER today, patient stated, "they (EMS) just wanted me to get checked out and everything." Patient had NO complaints.
1Mar 30, '13 by Nursing_chickHad a pt come in for alcohol detox, while triaging him my charge nurse came out to get him.
Pt: "You didn't let finish my story, I can't go back yet"
Me: "what haven't you finished telling me?"
Pt: "I have my pet with me"
Me: pet? Where?
Pt: right here in my backpack
Both me & the charge rn look in the backpack - sure enough there is a plastic box w/holes in the bag - he had brought his pet rat. The charge RN spent 1/2 the night calling around to get offices to hold the rat for several days for the pt. then the ER volunteer had to sit outside until our hospital security could bring him to the vet
2Apr 3, '13 by SweetMelissaRNQuote from KentuckyNurseKimWow that's ultra impressive... 10 minutes?!? I'm in awe.Had to share... Had a f/m ring the videophone in the ambulance bay last shift. Asked how I could help. States, "I think my Mother-In-Law might have passed away in the car." 0.0. Grab a couple pairs if hands and sprint out to find her a hair's breadth from death, no response to painful stimuli, shallow, agonal resps, hardly any palpable pulse, blue as a fish, bladder release. Family calm as can be. Don't know how, but we kept her going. Posturing while we worked. Grabbed all the newbies to come work her because they usually do not get to come in on a code when they are busy elsewhere. Vented her and sent to the ICU. Good teamwork in our little ER. Bell ring to bed with IVs x 3, vent, NG, F/c, labs, levophed, bolusing NS in 10 minutes or so.
2Apr 3, '13 by KentuckyNurseKimQuote from SweetMelissaRNProbably shoulda clarified that she wasn't in ICU in that time... Sounded kinda silly when I reread that.., rephrase to say all the ER stabilizing done... And it was a REALLY slow day... We were a little bored, so enjoyed having something EMERGENT to do! . It was one of those ultra rare times when there were plenty of hands on deck, resp was handy, X-ray handy, pharmacy on the ball.. The stars were in alignment. Never happen again in a million...
Wow that's ultra impressive... 10 minutes?!? I'm in awe.
2Apr 7, '13 by ER_Love_79Pt tells registration girl (who is a complete dumb butt) she bleeding...the board says "vaginal bleeding after intercourse. We're all think ok sure...triage nurse come out of said pt's room with a funny look. We all said "what??" I look in pt's room and see 2 women...about that time the nurse says "they were using a damn cucumber..."! Pt had a lac and bleed a lot and ended up in the OR. It was a rather interesting night lol
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1Apr 7, '13 by fairyluvthose are funny.
now I did take my 8 yo daughter to the ER at 11pm after she told me she accidently swallowed a LEGO. ( I wanted to make sure she didn't aspirate it as she was goin in to hyseterics crying and asking if she was gonna die from swallowing a Lego). Peice of mind for me and reassurance for her. the triage nurse just chuckled.