What not to say / do while you are in the ER... - page 4

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  1. by   Medic946RN
    During this winters flu season seige. (Thank you mainstream media for telling everyone who has cough that they may die should go immediately to the nearest ER!) I'm working out at triage and I call this pt's name. No answer. I shrug and move onto the next pt as we are having an over the top census day. There are people standing in the ED cause we're out of chairs. After triaging that pt I again call the first pt's name, a woman comes up to me who leads me over to where this young man is lying on several chairs, she had brought him a quilt and a pillow and made a bed for him. He is in no apparent distress, doesn't even look febrile or pasty colored like the rest of folks in my waiting room. She says "I'm his mother, he won't be getting up right now because he's ill." I look right back at her and reply. "Wanna bet."

    DX: hyperventilation syndrome resolved.
  2. by   edib1
    Quote from Medic946RN
    During this winters flu season seige. (Thank you mainstream media for telling everyone who has cough that they may die should go immediately to the nearest ER!) I'm working out at triage and I call this pt's name. No answer. I shrug and move onto the next pt as we are having an over the top census day. There are people standing in the ED cause we're out of chairs. After triaging that pt I again call the first pt's name, a woman comes up to me who leads me over to where this young man is lying on several chairs, she had brought him a quilt and a pillow and made a bed for him. He is in no apparent distress, doesn't even look febrile or pasty colored like the rest of folks in my waiting room. She says "I'm his mother, he won't be getting up right now because he's ill." I look right back at her and reply. "Wanna bet."

    DX: hyperventilation syndrome resolved.
    :chuckle
    I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. by   edib1
    Quote from teeituptom
    22 yo male sob 100% sats
    I cant breathe I cant breathe I cant breathe

    well dummy if you couldnt breath you wouldnt even be talking to me right now.

    problem turned out his BF broke up with him

    decidedly a lack of sympathy from me :angryfire :angryfire
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!
    WHO THE HELL TOLD EVERYONE THAT SOB AND CHEST PAIN IS OUR TOP PROIORITY. EVERYONES CHEST HURTS. EVERYONES SHORT OF BREATH. HELLOOOOO IF YOU DIDNT WEIGH 500 POUNDS YOUR CHEST WOULDNT HURT, IF YOU WOULDNT SMOKE LIKE A FREAKING TRAIN WITH YOUR ASTHMA, EMPHYSEMA, COPD HAVING ASS YOU WOULD BE ABLE TO BREATHE JUST FINE!!!
  4. by   teeituptom
    A while back on one of those really terrible triage nights

    one pt

    Offered me 20 dollars to get him back right away

    No thank you sir, please have a seat in the WR

    next pt

    Showed me a letter from her doctor

    Stating that she always needs to go back immediately

    Yes maam. please have a seat in the WR

    3rd pt

    21 yo with N/V/D for 30 minutes

    His gf goes I heard you with the other 2 pts

    If I show these to you can he go back right away

    she pulls up her halter top

    No Maam. please have a seat in the WR

    BTW though, you certainly brightened my evening


    Triage is always so much fun
  5. by   RNin92
    Quote from teeituptom
    A while back on one of those really terrible triage nights

    one pt

    Offered me 20 dollars to get him back right away

    No thank you sir, please have a seat in the WR

    next pt

    Showed me a letter from her doctor

    Stating that she always needs to go back immediately

    Yes maam. please have a seat in the WR

    3rd pt

    21 yo with N/V/D for 30 minutes

    His gf goes I heard you with the other 2 pts

    If I show these to you can he go back right away

    she pulls up her halter top

    No Maam. please have a seat in the WR

    BTW though, you certainly brightened my evening


    Triage is always so much fun
    Your triage area sounds just SOOOOO interesting!

    We just get the stupid and belligerent ones...

    "If you don't take me back right away I'm gonna go myself!!"
    I don't THINK so...says me...and my security guard!

    "I NEED TO SEE A DOCTOR RIGHT NOW!!!!!"
    OK...which psych would you like to see?
    They'll be here in 24 hours to release you from your restraints and have a nice chat!
    Now...SIT BACK DOWN

    "Why do all those sick people go first...we've been here longest!"
    (Waiting with sore throat)
    You gotta be kidding lady!

    And my personal favorite...
    "Why are those old people going back?
    Don't you take the young and healthy ones first?"
    ??????????

  6. by   newgrad2004
    hahahah



    Quote from teeituptom
    A while back on one of those really terrible triage nights

    one pt

    Offered me 20 dollars to get him back right away

    No thank you sir, please have a seat in the WR

    next pt

    Showed me a letter from her doctor

    Stating that she always needs to go back immediately

    Yes maam. please have a seat in the WR

    3rd pt

    21 yo with N/V/D for 30 minutes

    His gf goes I heard you with the other 2 pts

    If I show these to you can he go back right away

    she pulls up her halter top

    No Maam. please have a seat in the WR

    BTW though, you certainly brightened my evening


    Triage is always so much fun
  7. by   RNin92
    Hey,
    Do you ever get those calls from well intentioned faily members?

    You know...
    "My daughter is bring in her husband with back pain..."
    Yea...
    "I just wanted you to be ready."
    Great...thanks
    (Ready for...?!!?)

    Or the family practice docs...
    "I'm sending in my patient with N/V."
    Ok.
    "I know that it is really busy down there today..."
    Ok.
    "So, do you think you could put my patient in first?"
    You're kidding right?
    "Is there a problem, I am giving you an order to treat my patient first"
    Are you for real?
    Here...you can "give your order" to the ED doc...I'm SURE he'll want to hear it.
  8. by   edib1
    I LOVE ER I SWEAR. LIKE I SAY TRIAGE IS ALWAYS THE BEST I HATE IT SO MUCH SOMETIMES CAUSE I JUST CANNOT FATHOM PEOPLES THINKING PROCESSES. WE HAD A PSYCH EVAL CAME IN VIA AMBULANCE SHE WAS TRYING TO KILL HERSELF AND HER FAMILY MEMBERS CALLED 911. SHE GOES TO THE BATHROOM ACROSS THE HALL FROM THE TRIAGE ROOM. OKAY ABOUT 5 MINUTES PASSED, I KNOCK ON THE DOOR MAAM ARE YOU ALRIGHT? NO ANSWER. MAAM YOU NEED TO COME OUT OF THERE. ALL OF A SUDDEN THERE IS A FREAKING PUDDLE OF WATER COMING FROM UNDERNEATH THE DOOR. MAAM PLEASE COME OUT OF THE BATHROOM. SHE FINALLY COMES OUT AND THERE IS FREAKING WATER ALL OVER THE BATHROOM, AND SHE IS SOAKING WET. WE HAVE HER SIT DOWN I PUT THE BP CUFF ON HER AND HELL NO THIS CRAZY BI*@# KICKS ME IN THE STOMACH AND SHE A BIG OL BLACK GIRL. SHE GRABS THE OTHER TRIAGE NURSE AND TRIES TO BITE HER WEDDING RING OFF. HAHAHAHAHAHA I AM LAUGHING BECAUSE I HATED THIS NURSE SO MUCH, SHE WAS JUST ONE OF THOSE I KNOW EVERYTHING AND I KISS THE DIRECTORS ASS ALL THE TIME KINDA NURSE. JUST TO SEE HOW SHE WAS ABOUT TO S@#* HER PANTS MADE ME LAUGH. THOSE EVAL PTS DRIVE ME NUTS BUT SOMETIMES WHEN YOU IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME THINGS JUST SEEM TO HAPPEN FOR A REASON.
  9. by   susi_q
    edib1

    You let an active suicidal patient into the bathroom alone???? That just shouldn't even be an option. Same sex attending...always. Also, please don't type in all-caps. Hard to read, and in computer speak means that you are yelling.

    I do know what you mean though about the difficulty keeping a straight face when difficult colleague gets theirs. I try not to let on too much though ... I know some day it will be my turn again, too.
  10. by   edib1
    Quote from susi_q
    edib1

    You let an active suicidal patient into the bathroom alone???? That just shouldn't even be an option. Same sex attending...always. Also, please don't type in all-caps. Hard to read, and in computer speak means that you are yelling.

    I do know what you mean though about the difficulty keeping a straight face when difficult colleague gets theirs. I try not to let on too much though ... I know some day it will be my turn again, too.

    Sorry about the caps I talk loud anyways. We kinda had no choice she ran into the bathroom and locked the door before we could help it. Believe me there was no stopping this big woman if we could help oit anyways. She was alot bigger than some of the guys we had working. HAHAHAHA
  11. by   teeituptom
    I love good times in the ER
  12. by   BabyRN2Be
    Quote from RNin92
    And my personal favorite...
    "Why are those old people going back?
    Don't you take the young and healthy ones first?"
    ??????????

    What??! However, I can just imagine someone saying that.
  13. by   Katnip
    If they're young and healthy why are they in the ER?

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