What was the WORST thing a patient has been brought to ER for? - page 4

Let's have some stories about those traumas that you talk about for days in you ER's!... Read More

  1. by   traumaRUs
    Ya know though I will always remember the horrid things that happened, I do remember the good things too - the time that we had a repeat drunk guy who had to go to CT since he had an altered mental status. I was his nurse but a tech took him upstairs to CT and when he came back, he had a sticker on his forehead that said, "be nice to me, I've been in the ER!" Too funny! (Maybe only an ER nurse would appreciate the humor - lol).
  2. by   cari rn
    Okay, these are just getting worse and worse!! Maybe we should change this thread to the WIERDEST things a patient has been brought to the ER for? Slightly less depressing!
  3. by   tencat
    Wow. (((((ER folks)))). I think I'd have to kill or maim some of these parents of those kids.........that would be my undoing, I fear.
  4. by   andhow5
    I had a 14-year old male that was spending the summer with dad (a semi driver). The teen male and his friend were sleeping in the back bed of the semi. Dad had been doing drugs, and decided to drive.

    Semi goes off-road, teen thrown out of back, through window (while cab bursts into flames), and rolled over. (Friend and dad alright). Doing CPR on nothing but mush. Blood all over the walls, floor, and ceiling.

    Then called Oklahoma to tell mom there had been an accident.

    ~~~~~

    Two month old rape victim.

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    Three children found out in cold, dirty (so filthy clothes were rigid), and dressed inappropriately for weather - covered in bruises head to toe, unknown when they last ate.

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    Semi VS pedestrian. Known psych history. Pt jumped in front of semi that was going 55-60 mph.

    ~~~~~

    Drunk driver that ran his vehicle up under the rear end of a semi, knocking the semi wheels of, causing pt's truck to be dragged. Passenger smashed into dashboard and not immediately identifiable as male or female. Pt telling us he's just fine to leave him the "F" alone.

    ~~~~~

    And that's just to start...
  5. by   texaschick
    4Y/O little girl with a boggy skull, bruises from head to toe, and soaking wet. Dad said he was trying to cool her off because she was running a fever and she started to have a seizure. I didn't believe that from the start but the thing that irritated my the most is that he was able to go back and forth from the trauma room to the family room ALL day while they investigated. He wasn't charged till the next day for the murder of his own daughter. He got to go home with his pregnant wife and two year old child.
  6. by   phoenix72
    I cried reading these posts but wanted to say "Thank You" to all the wonderful, caring men and women who take care of us in the ER. I could never do it and I thank God for putting you all on Earth. You are true heroes.
    Shaun
  7. by   Altra
    Pedestrian vs. train, multiple amputations.

    Pediatric sexual assault victim.
  8. by   bill4745
    Not my experience, but at a hospital where I worked: ER RN on way to work, hit broadside at intersection right at hospital entrance (level 1 trauma center) by red-light-runner. Brought in to own ER by own medics, coded by collegues/friends, and died. Bad enough that this happened, but what made it worse for the staff was seeing her in her scrubs, steth. around her neck, with her ID proudly proclaiming "RN". They almost had to close the ER that day.
  9. by   UtErRnEmt
    3 yr female shot in the head by mom's friend. mom also shot and doa at scene. i took care of child for 3 hrs in the er waiting for dad to arrive. she went into pea while dad was being brought back. we didn't code her due to her injury (failed apnea test on arrival but she was cold and by this time her core temp was 97). it took me a while to be able to take another peds trauma and i have since left trauma er
  10. by   ChocoholicRN
    Quote from bill4745
    Not my experience, but at a hospital where I worked: ER RN on way to work, hit broadside at intersection right at hospital entrance (level 1 trauma center) by red-light-runner. Brought in to own ER by own medics, coded by collegues/friends, and died. Bad enough that this happened, but what made it worse for the staff was seeing her in her scrubs, steth. around her neck, with her ID proudly proclaiming "RN". They almost had to close the ER that day.


    this just gave me the chills, i had to read it a few times cause i didn't believe it at first. my best friend is an ER RN in manhattan and i give a lot of credit to her and all the other ER nurses out there.
  11. by   bopps
    love all of you ED nurses. you are the best and you are incredible heroes God bless you all
  12. by   santhony44
    I wasn't in the ER but took care of one of these babies in the Pedi ICU.

    Twin babies, about 2-3 months old, with rat bites all over. Not mouse, but rat, from the size and teeth marks. Fortunately the eyes were not bitten. One baby was in the PICU for a blood transfusion, needed because of the blood loss.

    Mom claimed she was asleep in the same room. We didn't believe her; there were multiple bites on both babies. Mom took the babies over to her aunt's house. The aunt had her daughter drive mom and babies to the hospital immediately. The aunt was outraged and believed the mom had left the babies alone. She was going to try for custody.

    That was a number of years ago, I never did hear the outcome.

    Those bites all over that beautiful baby- that was one of the most nauseating things I ever saw.
  13. by   raekaylvn
    Wow... these stories are just the tip of the iceburg I bet. You ER nurses never cease to amaze me. I know I could never work in an ER setting. Keep it up!!

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