What was the WORST thing a patient has been brought to ER for? - page 5

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

  1. by   Spatialized
    65 y/o male, history of ETOH abuse w/esopahgeal varices. One had let go while he was on the phone with his wife, a traveling RN on shift at the very hospital where he was brought, when she heard gurgling, then nothing. Called 911, local PD took 30 minutes to clear the scene because they were worried there was someone else besides the guy in the apartment as they could see blood everywhere (they thought it was a murder scene...). Comes in, covered head to toe in blood. As we were doing compressions blood would come up out of the ET. Not a pretty sight. He didn't make it, but we cleaned him up as well as we could so his wife could say good bye.

    That shook we pretty hard...
    Tom
  2. by   shaazzaamm34
    Here you Go I got a Bad One...

    I was interning down in the ER when I got a 32 yr old man who came in with a prolapse rectum...

    The surgeons had to put a colostomy in...

    2 weeks later he came back in with a prolapse colon...

    Apparently after we got the scoop... The man was a homosexual... His partner Screwed him so much his rectum prolapsed

    then after the surgery... His partner decided to use the colostomy site for his plessures...
  3. by   MidnightTang
    It's official. I won't be working in the ER! Thank god there are so many ER nurses and techs to do that job instead of me. Give me the safety of med-surg any day.
  4. by   Princess74
    Quote from shaazzaamm34
    Here you Go I got a Bad One...

    I was interning down in the ER when I got a 32 yr old man who came in with a prolapse rectum...

    The surgeons had to put a colostomy in...

    2 weeks later he came back in with a prolapse colon...

    Apparently after we got the scoop... The man was a homosexual... His partner Screwed him so much his rectum prolapsed

    then after the surgery... His partner decided to use the colostomy site for his plessures...

    That is sooo messed up!
  5. by   patricelynne
    Several: A 400+ lb male who wouldn't bathe with gangrenous testes...that ER probably still smells like clostridium Welchi. A baby with a pulse less than 20 bpm due to getting 2cc instead of .02cc Digoxin. Yes, the pharmacy HAD labled it improperly and mother was beside herself. A man who shot off his privates when the gun in his belt went off...permanent damage. A 20-something who was on PCP and jumped off a 10 story bldg. after pulling his eyes out. A woman who was frequently abused by the boyfriend who came in after he'd shoved chopsticks into both ears as far as he could. And I'm just getting started! There's a reason after 30+ years I'm in case management nursing.
  6. by   lvs2nrs3535
    Why, Oh Why do I still want to be an ER nurse?
    (and I truly do.)
  7. by   scrmblr
    Quote from KristyBRN
    Why, Oh Why do I still want to be an ER nurse?
    (and I truly do.)
    Because for all the horror and man's "inhumanity to man" you will see-you will also see grateful parents, grateful children, and really sick people made well. You will get to be the "first line" of medicine. You will get to be the one who delivers the pain med to the kiddo with the broken arm. You will get to be the one that holds the precip delivery for the first time (not too often, God willing:chuckle ) You will get to be the one that gets the 45 yo from door to cath lab in less then 20 minutes, and you will get to be the one who gives the family of the dying guy enough courage to sit by his side for his last minutes.
  8. by   andhow5
    And and risk for being cheesy, to quote a line from the song, "Men In Black": Sometimes "We're the first, last, and only line of defense".

    For every gross, horrible, heart-wrenching moment you'll be subjected to, there can be just as many "miracle" moments, where you make a difference, save a life, and will impact a families life FOREVER.
  9. by   hjwdancer
    ++6 month old girl who was RAPED by her step dad.... ended up with a colostomy and cystectomy after incredible surgeries


    How do you deal with this and cases like this? Is this a high frequency happening? I feel rage and deep sorrow for this and other cases of abuse and maltreatment but how do you handle this?

    I have always wanted to be in the ER but I know I need to prepare for the horrors as well as the accidents and I would appreciate any advice you have for me.
  10. by   analee23
    I have to vent too...

    6 week old baby (one of triplets) that mom had bashed into something, baby came in as a CPR in progress. Brought the baby back (emergency surgery, but will have permanent brain damage), but mom kept running out of the room to throw up during the code... hopefully out of guilt. Makes me worry about the other kids!

    2 y.o. little girl drowned in grandma's pool... mom drove to the ER knowing her daughter was dead as uncle told her via phone... I will never forget that mother's cry. (My first pateint death)

    Luckily have only dealt with one or two rape cases.. One that sticks out

    4 y.o. little girl raped by older brother, dad didn't want to press charges and didn't want her examined! I wanted to smack him!

    OK, enough venting... at least I got to tell those stories... thank you for that.
  11. by   scrmblr
    Quote from andhow5
    And and risk for being cheesy, to quote a line from the song, "Men In Black": Sometimes "We're the first, last, and only line of defense".

    For every gross, horrible, heart-wrenching moment you'll be subjected to, there can be just as many "miracle" moments, where you make a difference, save a life, and will impact a families life FOREVER.
    I love that line:chuckle
  12. by   lozza81
    I'm so glad that I haven't had to deal with any paeds rape cases, we don't get very many in, we get a few teenagers who've had their drinks spiked and have been sexually assaulted, but thank god no real littlies!
  13. by   Victoriakem
    One I remember was a repeat offender, who drove drunk yet again & put a guy in Shock Trauma after T-boning him in an intersection. This guy's poor wife (how do you spell co-dependant) showed up with their 9 yr old daughter. She had just gotten back from Florida after her father's funeral to find her Loser on the backboard after the MVC. She said to me "I was worried he would do this while I was gone." The Loser was yelling & cursing & the CT & x-ray staff were unable to get any procedures done because of this. She managed to calm him down to get those finished so he could be taken safely off the backboard. For strictly therapeutic purposes, I put a 14 gauge IV in him & accidently spilled some NS on his head. This same Loser had been in our ED several times, drunk, etc & was loud, abusive & thoroughly obnoxious while waiting for dispo. I just hope he was finally put away for good & his wife & family could move on. And other drivers could be safer on the road & we in our ED would NEVER have to put up with him again.

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