What was the WORST thing a patient has been brought to ER for? - page 7

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

  1. by   hjwdancer
    I understand that philosophy, BSNtobe 2009. I also do not understand these mothers who choose the boyfriend over their children.

    If you'll forgive me for a short diversion:

    My Mom used to work as a social worker for child protective services (CPS). One family had two girls and one boy all under 10 with the mom's boyfriend sexually abusing them. The kids were removed from the home but mom was allowed to have the kids back by pressing charges against the creep and having him removed from the home. So mom gets the kids back and decides she really loves the creep and drops the charges. My Mom stopped in for a follow up, sees the bf there and takes the kids into custody. Only CPS tells her to take them back because paperwork, etc. My Mom refused and took them home with her. CPS retrieved them a few days later and my Mom quit social work completely.

    (At times, my Mom and I have our differences but she will always be my hero for at least trying to fix a huge injustice.)

    Now back on topic,
    My cousin worked ER- she had a case with a holiday-traveling family come in because an older kid (6 or 7) sleeping in the back had put their legs over the carseat of an infant and had smothered him. There was nothing they could do.

    Her advice to me was to try to remember that we are there to make the situation better by taking immediately. We can only do our best in each situation.
  2. by   NurseEllis
    How bout a man cutting of his own penis, becuase he was told by his mother it was "evil" .......and well how can you have a evil thing on your body?

    BAD!!???!!! NOT QUITE

    NOT ONCE BUT TWICE

    YES YES after successful re-implantation he cut it off AGAIN, because the "voices in his head" told him to do it.

    after he was life flighted for the second time.....funniest line from that whole situation

    ER doc "yes they are sure they can re-attach but we are unsure of the functionality" ---> ER MD that cannot stop being a docter

    I couldnt stop laughing for well over 5 mins


    well I could go on for days but I like to keep feeling good today
  3. by   BSNtobe2009
    Quote from 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.
    Ok, I have to ask about the 4-year old. How can the parents refuse to have a child examined that was the victim of a sexual assault and refuse to press charges? Would the doctor not be required to report it to DSS or the police and do an examination anyway because it was technically a crime?

    Around here, they are required to report any and all cases of sexual assult on a minor and the parents can't refuse to have the child examined...once it's brought to the ER, it gets examined, and only the DA makes the decision if charges are filed or not, but at minimum, if that had happened here, DSS would have removed the brother from the home immediately until a full investigation could take place. The father would have been investigated too to make sure he wasn't blaming it on the older brother.
  4. by   mrsbigwood1
    Quote from 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.

    I am a SN in St Louis......early in my husband's career as a police officer (12 years ago) he almost lost his job and his freedom....3yr rape victim by her mom's new bf...that poor baby was ruined and would never have kids of her own...my DH got the house keys from the mom at the hospital and went to the house where the BF was drinking and watching tv...my DH left his gunbelt in his cruiser went in the house and beat the living crap out of that scum...his sgt got wind from the er doc what my DH was up to and ran code 1000 (hold all calls to the station/riot/officer need aid) to the scene....the sgt got a look at the scum and then at my DH who was covered from head to toe in scum blood and put my husband in the back of his own cruiser....they told him he would be put on immediate leave and faced firing and possible charges...my DH called me to the station to pick him up..by the time I got there about 30 of the mom's neighbors were there too demanding my DH be given a medal for protecting that baby even if it was after the fact. In the end he kept his job and got a 2wk paid leave and no discipline in his file.
  5. by   nursejohio
    Pfft... sgt must've been upset your hubby had the cojones to do what everyone else wished they could. he does deserve a medal for that!
  6. by   mgalloLPN
    Quote from 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.

    ~~~~~

    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.

    ~~~~~~

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

    ~~~~~



    And that's just to start...

    I can't believe about the 2 mth old. That's the most horrible thing I have ever heard. I am glad I wasn't there that night. I honestly think I would have gone to jail.
  7. by   ILoveMyBeanie
    I have to thank all nurses, docs and EMTs in all hospitals all over the world! You all do amazing jobs!
    I wonder though and would like some advice:
    I am a very emotional person and would like to know how you cope with all the horrible things you see done to children. As the mother of a 2 yo little boy for whom I live for I think I would see him in every child that came in. I am in nursing school and will graduate in 2007 and wonder how you manage? PLEASE HELP...
  8. by   andhow5
    Quote from ILoveMyBeanie
    I am a very emotional person and would like to know how you cope with all the horrible things you see done to children. As the mother of a 2 yo little boy for whom I live for I think I would see him in every child that came in. I am in nursing school and will graduate in 2007 and wonder how you manage? PLEASE HELP...
    Personally, I can usually maintain myself (usually) while at work, but I will go home, cry, and hug my boys even closer...

    However, one night I did get severely pissed off at a drunk mother and the drunk boyfriend... The dad had custody, picked the son up from him being at mom's - and came straight in for suspected abuse.

    The drunk couple showed up and had a hissy demanding to see the boy. Someone had let them slip back (and the room was ALL the way in the back).

    I was walking around the corner, heard the child screaming bloody murder; I dropped the armful of stuff I had all over the floor and ran to the room in time to see the mother drawing up her fist and starting to swing at the child.

    I literally kicked down the door to that room, scared the boyfriend - he ran out. The mom was surprised, turned and told me to mind my own business. (The boy wasn't even my own patient...) I told her she had 5 seconds to get out of the room.

    She came at me with her balled up fist swinging. I simply grabbed her arm, spun her around, and hoisted her arm up behind her back. My other hand grabbed a big bunch of her long ratty hair at the scalp, and I frog-marched her hateful @$$ through the ER to the lobby.

    It had to be an interesting sight, because I'm 5'7", and she had to be at least 6"2 (and had on some high heels).

    Of course she screamed, swore, and yelled the entire way, tried to get herself free, and was causing a HUGE scene. ESPECIALLY when we got to the lobby which was standing room only.

    As she screamed and threatened, I told her in a LOUD voice (I was so pissed I couldn't control myself much more) that if she set foot in the child's room again that I would kick her @$$ up one side and down the other, and hurt her as badly as she and drunk lover had hurt that child.

    Of course she screamed and said she'd get me fired and wanted my name so she could press assault charges.

    I just smiled, wrote my name on a scrap of paper, handed it to her, and then asked her to please file charges when she was sober so she would spell my name right.

    The lobby crowd applauded and the off duty officer (laughing so hard he could barely breathe) escorted precious and her lover off the property.
  9. by   Noahm
    Andhow5 you are my hero. Well done. I hope that miserable cow got jailtime.

    I have learned 2 things from this thread. ER nurses are worth their weight in gold and should be paid millions. I do not have it in me to work in the ER.

    Is counselling provided to ER staff who regularly deal with situations that are discussed on this thread?
  10. by   neygray
    Not sure of the worst, but two of the most unusual:
    A gentelmen's penis engorged in a vaccum cleaner hose and a Bic ink pen removed from a male's urethra.
  11. by   Nurseboy1
    Quote from andhow5
    Personally, I can usually maintain myself (usually) while at work, but I will go home, cry, and hug my boys even closer...

    However, one night I did get severely pissed off at a drunk mother and the drunk boyfriend... The dad had custody, picked the son up from him being at mom's - and came straight in for suspected abuse.

    The drunk couple showed up and had a hissy demanding to see the boy. Someone had let them slip back (and the room was ALL the way in the back).

    I was walking around the corner, heard the child screaming bloody murder; I dropped the armful of stuff I had all over the floor and ran to the room in time to see the mother drawing up her fist and starting to swing at the child.

    I literally kicked down the door to that room, scared the boyfriend - he ran out. The mom was surprised, turned and told me to mind my own business. (The boy wasn't even my own patient...) I told her she had 5 seconds to get out of the room.

    She came at me with her balled up fist swinging. I simply grabbed her arm, spun her around, and hoisted her arm up behind her back. My other hand grabbed a big bunch of her long ratty hair at the scalp, and I frog-marched her hateful @$$ through the ER to the lobby.

    It had to be an interesting sight, because I'm 5'7", and she had to be at least 6"2 (and had on some high heels).

    Of course she screamed, swore, and yelled the entire way, tried to get herself free, and was causing a HUGE scene. ESPECIALLY when we got to the lobby which was standing room only.

    As she screamed and threatened, I told her in a LOUD voice (I was so pissed I couldn't control myself much more) that if she set foot in the child's room again that I would kick her @$$ up one side and down the other, and hurt her as badly as she and drunk lover had hurt that child.

    Of course she screamed and said she'd get me fired and wanted my name so she could press assault charges.

    I just smiled, wrote my name on a scrap of paper, handed it to her, and then asked her to please file charges when she was sober so she would spell my name right.

    The lobby crowd applauded and the off duty officer (laughing so hard he could barely breathe) escorted precious and her lover off the property.
    OMG I laughed so hard at the image of that scene. Way to go.
  12. by   ILoveMyBeanie
    Drumroll please...."Bad A** Nurse of the Year" goes to....andhow5! That was awsome! I hope that so called mother gets all she deserves even if not down here she will have to answer to the big man upstairs! WOW! I can picture that in my mind. Did you make front page news or anything? haha WOW! That is all that comes to mind-just WOW!
    I can see myself doing similar though-you just don't mess with kids.:angryfire I just don't understand how some people do the things they do and live with themselves?! Though I want to ring my son's neck sometimes I could NEVER really do it-ya know?! YOU GO GIRL!
  13. by   andhow5
    LOL @ you all! And the comment about bad a** nurse, LOL! (I have a t-shirt I wear as a night shirt that says, "I'm an emergency room nurse, here to save your a$$, not kiss it!")

    Seriously, I can USUALLY maintain, but when I saw that woman raising a balled fist to that child, I saw RED. I was SO furious. What I did wasn't planned, it was purely instinct.

    Normally I'm very laid back and easy going, but OMG! I swear, if only I could paint a decent verbal picture of the looks on the faces of my co-workers as I marched her out. It was priceless. No one said a word to me at all. The charge nurse just asked me (very cautiously, I might add), "What happened?". When I said, "She was about to hit a child", she just nodded and walked off. I wasn't in trouble for anything.

    The people in the lobby were priceless too! Normally the lobby-dwellers are hostile, but their response to the live entertainment was something else! Later the triage nurse told me the lobby patients were a lot nicer to her after seeing me tangle with the drunk chick.

    So who knows?

    Hopefully I made a difference to that child seeing me stand up to his mother, and reinforcing the message that her behavior is NOT acceptable. I never saw him back in the ER for any injuries of that nature, so here's hoping!

    (And I have to admit, now as I look back on it, I get a gleeful sense of satisfaction about how I escorted her out of the ER.)

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