Triage complaints- the good, the bad, and the shocking.

  1. 21 "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.
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    About canoehead

    canoehead has '23' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'ER for right now'. From 'home again'; 45 Years Old; Joined Oct '00; Posts: 8,042; Likes: 5,917. You can follow canoehead at My Website

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  4. Visit  Altra} profile page
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    The good: "I have sunburn on my shoulders and chest and it's painful." Pain x 4 days. No OTC meds attempted. Mild redness noted, no blistering.

    "I am 7 weeks pregnant and my breasts hurt." Um hum. Congratulations on your pregnancy!

    The bad: "My son has just come to live with me. Until he can get a new PCP, we need to see a doctor to get refills on these 17 medications." (no, I am not exaggerating the number) Son is a young adult s/p multi-system trauma with now life-altering disability.

    The shocking: Several come to mind ... focal weakness & facial droop that have me about to organize a CVA alert ... until family tells me the symptoms have been present for 5 days. And those presentations which I have a sinking feeling will result in a dx of some malignancy before the ED visit has concluded.
    Last edit by Altra on Jan 5, '13
  5. Visit  hiddencatRN} profile page
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    Swallowed 3 jingle bells

    Bit on the lip by a duck (turns out it was a DOG bite and the secretary had misheard; EVERYONE was disappointed because it sounded like it would be such an awesome story)
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  6. Visit  al7139} profile page
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    Pt brought in by EMS CC "I've been walking all day and my legs hurt, and I'm hungry" I kid you not. Pt went straight to triage.
  7. Visit  Anna Flaxis} profile page
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    "Midgets are fighting in my crotch."
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  8. Visit  eatmysoxRN} profile page
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    My child's fever is 99.1 and I didn't want to give him anything because I wanted you to know he was feverish. On Medicaid. Ugh.

    ~ No One Can Make You Feel Inferior Without Your Consent -Eleanor Roosevelt ~
  9. Visit  kimmy818} profile page
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    I have always said I'm going to make a list of the top 10 things I hate to hear at triage and that's 1 of them. I hate when you ask a patient "what's going on with you tonight?" and they say "well...." omg I'm in for a long story. Or "when did your symptoms start?" and they say "after church". Well which service are we talking about at 1 am in the morning? People are so funny
  10. Visit  kimmy818} profile page
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    Quote from canoehead
    "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.
    I've had the cold sore complaint once but not as "severe" as yours was LOL with a pain of 10 they had 2 little ones and at the time my bottom lip was covered up in them. I was shocked it was my first week in the Er on night shift LOL
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    "I haven't been able to get an erection for 6 months." (the pt, not me )
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  12. Visit  BostonTerrierLoverRN} profile page
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    "I worked 6 hours trying to get this splinter out!"

    A man that let his wife lay on a couch for 3 weeks with a sore leg (broken hip), and developed fatal pneumonia.

    A Hemmorhagic CVA who drove herself to the ER, and laid on the horn with Hemiparalysis, 1/2 blind, lost vocal ability, and survived after a clot buster restored her to 90% Motor Function with full vocal ability returning- just some residual R eye sight loss, and walks with a cane now because of slight R sided weakness after heavy ambulation.

    An 18 year old who trached a Dalmation following him swallowing a rubber bouncing ball. We plugged site, removed ball he had pushed down deep into the throat- trying to free it(although he did save the dogs life)- and EMS triaged him with an ambulance to the State Universities Veterinarian Hospital. He was our city's Firehouse dog

    A boy whom secretly let a firework pop in his closed hand, wrapped it up with gauze, told his family he had burned it. 5 days later, when they saw the hand, they brought him. He lost it. He would have only lost 1.5 fingers had he came immediately.

    Three lawn workers after a grass cutter ran over a yoohoo glass bottle as a joke(mayhem)!!

    A near salt water pool drowning that developed pulmonary edema, and visible X-ray Fluid around lungs and heart leave AMA after being told seriousness of condition(a Doctor), because he was swimming at his girlfriend's home, and wife, an RN would be coming on shift in 30 minutes who thought him at work. (Convinced him to go by personal vehicle with friend to next Province's Hospital after begging him to stay- died en-route). (This was overseas).

    One Halloween night, Beetlejuice, Santa Clause, Marilyn Monroe, and a Courtroom Jester went on a hayride. Marilyn developed a severe allergic reaction, and Beetlejuice decided to drive her to the hospital- acutely intoxicated where they hit Raggety Anne and Andy head on- No fatalities or serious injuries, even though the car was just going 15-20mph (the others came on their hayride and tractor!!)
    Last edit by BostonTerrierLoverRN on Jan 6, '13
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  13. Visit  Esme12} profile page
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    Well.....(in a whisper) I have this ball in my......

    I need to know if I'm pregnant....there's this party tonight..... you can't call my parents right?

    Presents to triage with a stick/branch stuck in their nose....."I tripped while hiking and I can't pull it out" .....they went into town for it was in his brain....thank goodness he didn't pull it out!
  14. Visit  OnlybyHisgraceRN} profile page
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    These are so halirious, I start in the ED this week, can't wait to add my own stories. I do have one story though, from my share day.
    A homeless alcholic comes to the ED because he had a seizure. I asked if anyone witnessed it he said no. Then he says" I'm going to have one right now". He holds his arms out and start moving them up and down and while slowly raising his shoulders up and down as well. I looked at him and said cut it out. He then stopped, and continued with his story.
  15. Visit  FlorenceNtheMachine} profile page
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    Boston:
    A Hemmorhagic CVA who drove herself to the ER, and laid on the horn with Hemiparalysis, 1/2 blind, lost vocal ability, and survived after a clot buster restored her to 90% Motor Function with full vocal ability returning- just some residual R eye sight loss, and walks with a cane now because of slight R sided weakness after heavy ambulation.

    Did they treat a hemorrhagic stroke with clot busters? Would that make it worse?

    Just curious, didn't know if there were some real world reasons I didn't think of.
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