What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for? - page 179
and do you have to treat them? I am just curious. Your stories always seem to either crack me up or shake my head in amazement. Thanks for sharing :)... Read More
- 1Oct 18, '12 by PranqsterQuote from MrsWampthanghippa is for identifying patient information. you can say that patient x drank a cup of bleach without violating anything.Tampon "lost" for two days. One of the few times I almost blew chow from the smell. :chuckle
Worst weirdest was a person that drank a cup of abrasive substance that wasn't supposed to be drank. Can't tell ya any more than that without violating HIPPA. Needless to say it wasn't pretty and that person is really messed up for life.
Another weird injury I saw once upon a time, a kid came in with a fishing lure stuck to his head. When he first walked up I thought it was something coming out of his head! (I was a registrar in the ER then.)
- 0Oct 20, '12 by Beek74Most ridiculous thing I ever had to come to the ER for. I had surgery, and got a wound infection. I was d/ced on a Friday evening. I left the unit and went to the grocery store to grab a few things with my mom before heading home. Suddenly I notice my JP bulb is open. The little tab that closes it and provides the suction has come off. I tried everything. I tried taping it up, went to CVS and asked the pharmacist if they carried them, called the unit I'd left only an hour ago. They all said go to the ER. I felt so stupid, but with the open drain leading into my body, just over a wound infection, and thinking about 2 days of bloody drainage getting on my clothes and sheets, I didn't know what was the best choice. So back to the ER. I was hoping they could just get me a new bulb and I could leave in a decent amount of time. Instead I was there 6 hours, had to be seen by a resident and a surgeon and have a whole exam even though I felt fine. I could not believe there was no better way to get a new JP bulb. If the thing had broken 2 hours earlier, it would have been a 5 minute issue.
- 0Oct 22, '12 by Altra GuideQuote from Beek74There was a better way to get a new JP bulb ...I could not believe there was no better way to get a new JP bulb. If the thing had broken 2 hours earlier, it would have been a 5 minute issue.
And that would have been for your surgeon to have appropriately addressed it in the office/clinic setting.
- 12Sep 23, '13 by meanmaryjeanThe flip side of this thread:
YEARS ago, working in Chicago, middle-aged man comes in the ED doing the kidney stone dance. "I've had them before, and I'm allergic to the dye. Is it OK if I just walk around the exam room? - I feel a little better that way." Sure, I place his wide-open saline IV on a rolling pole, and he starts walking around.
Go out to the waiting room to get the wife. Tell her, "He's pretty miserable, as soon as the ultrasound guy gets here... blah, blah blah."
She says, "You know, ever since the doctor told him he had that A..... A.... Aortic something-or-other- he's been such a baby!"
"Aneurysm?" says I, warily.
"That's it! Aneurysm- I knew it was a 'Triple A' but I couldn't remember what the A's stood for!" she answers, cheerily.
You have never seen a fat nurse move so fast in your entire life! (He lived.)