What was the MOST BIZARRE thing a pt has been brought to ER for (and lived to tell)? - page 3

You know...impaled by a fence, or swallowed 50 screws, or that sort of thing! Thought we'd try again - that last thread (the WORST thing) was too sad to read. I'd love to hear about those... Read More

  1. by   SammyBSN
    I don't work in ER, but I have access to the ER computer system as I used to float. One day in observation, we were scanning the ER pt's for our possible admits, and the best pt c/o I have ever seen was there:

    dx: Licked by dog

    Pt complaint: "Pt states she was licked on the back of the head by a big dog. Pt also states the bottle from the freezer was in the dog bowl."

    Further investigation revealed that the lady had a psych hx. Go figure.
  2. by   emsboss
    Fish hooks!!!!!!!!!!!!!...OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...Our ED took out 84 fish hooks out from June 1st thru August 31st. We are located in one of the most famous salmon fisheries in the U.S. and we have been keeping track for years. I think our record (so far) has been around 150 in one summer. We call it "combat fishing" and HIGHLY recommend ballistic lenses in glasses and a cap at a minimum for protection. We have two cut-outs, a male and a female figure, and we put the hooks on the as we remove them. Lots of comments on them.
  3. by   Altra
    Quote from emsboss
    Fish hooks!!!!!!!!!!!!!...OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...Our ED took out 84 fish hooks out from June 1st thru August 31st. We are located in one of the most famous salmon fisheries in the U.S. and we have been keeping track for years. I think our record (so far) has been around 150 in one summer. We call it "combat fishing" and HIGHLY recommend ballistic lenses in glasses and a cap at a minimum for protection. We have two cut-outs, a male and a female figure, and we put the hooks on the as we remove them. Lots of comments on them.
    :chuckle Great stuff ...
  4. by   mgalloLPN
    Quote from TazziRN
    I heard about this one: a couple had decided to get frisky with some toys...in the literal sense.......he stuck a tonka toy figure where it shouldn't have gone and neither one could get it out. Went to the ER, doc did a speculum exam. When he opened the bill and looked in he saw the toy's smiley face looking right at him. He wrote up a fake delivery report, complete with Apgars. Mean? Maybe, but it gave the staff a laugh.
    ooohhh boy, that's a great one *sigh*
  5. by   lozza81
    Christmas day 2005, had a guy come with a ring stuck around his penis (apparently for increased pleasure), took the docs about an hour to cut it off, coz his penis was so swollen, it was getting blacker, as each minute went by, pt self discharged himself once it was taken off and he regained full colour, not sure about full use, though!
  6. by   JessicRN
    We had a guy who came to the triage desk with a complaint of chest pain. He had a butcher knife sticking out of his chest and it was pulsating. The guy went to the OR and they found the knife was lying right beside the and touching the heart. Apparently he got in a fight with his wife and she stabbed him
  7. by   LizViz
    I was lucky enough to be working Recovery Room and drew the short straw to recover a lady who had been in an MVA. She was the passenger - the driver walked away.....they had hit a wooden fence and one of the supports - a 20cm round wooden pole had gone through the windscreen and impaled her through the chest onto her seat. First round surgery removed the bulk of the poles length and stabilised her, but she still arrived in recovery with a big chunk sticking out front and back, propped up in a "Comfortable" position with pillows. Uneventful recovery on my watch and then went back the next day after massive doses of antibiotics to have the whole thing taken out. Apparently only liver damage as the rest seemed to "move out of the way"!!!

    Also had a guy who tried the suicide thing. Jumped from a 3 storey building, clipping a balcony and breaking pretty well every bone on the left side only to be impailed on the steel fence below spearing his right side.......yes he survived and turned over a new leaf and is still hanging around the pysch wards.
  8. by   danissa
    Quote from LizViz
    Also had a guy who tried the suicide thing. Jumped from a 3 storey building, clipping a balcony and breaking pretty well every bone on the left side only to be impailed on the steel fence below spearing his right side.......yes he survived and turned over a new leaf and is still hanging around the pysch wards.
    sorry lizviz, not a funny thing,, BUT, isn't that like something from a Airplane movie or sick comedy like that! Feel a saddo for having a giggle, poor guy!!
  9. by   mgalloLPN
    These are great. Keep them coming
  10. by   LizViz
    Quote from danissa
    sorry lizviz, not a funny thing,, BUT, isn't that like something from a Airplane movie or sick comedy like that! Feel a saddo for having a giggle, poor guy!!
    Hey, we were all shocked by his injuries to start with until we got the whole history, and yes, unfortunately, we couldn't help but have a giggle about the whole thing to - obviously just wasn't his time to go!!!!!
  11. by   twotrees2
    Quote from ruby vee
    [font="comic sans ms"]i've told this story before, but it's a good one.

    my friend was a brand new er intern. the desk faced the sliding glass doors to the parking lot, and he was sitting there chatting with the nurses. it was a dark, stormy night -- no really! thunder and lightning, raining sideways 'cause of the wind. as he looked out the door, a stroke of lightning lit up the parking lot, and he saw the most bizarre sight -- a man approaching the er carrying a limp woman in his arms, and with what looked like an axe blade sticking out of his head.

    it was an axe.

    seems that it was a poor, rural area, and many of the locals still heated with wood. the guy had been splitting wood before the storm started, hoping to have enough wood in the house to last through the night. as he was splitting wood, the axe head flew off the handle and struck him in the head. (that's one explanation -- the other is that he was practicing throwing an axe and it hit something hard, flew back and hit him in the head. i was never sure which one was the truth.) anyway, the poor guy now has an axe blade embedded in his head.

    he went into the kitchen where his wife was, hoping to ask her to drive him to the er. she took one look at him, complete with axe blade and blood, shrieked and fainted. he couldn't leave her there like that, so he picked her up, carried her out to the car, and drove them both to the er.

    turns out the blade was embedded right between to two lobes of the brain, and miraculously didn't hit anything vital. the blade was surgically removed, and the guy went home, reasonably intact. his wife was fine, too.

    so al told me, anyway, and he's not known for making stuff up!
    i hate to laugh but cant help it - man that is one wonderful hubby worrying about wifey when he is that seriously injured - where can i find me one lol. kinda one of those sweet tell the grandkids stories " i remeber when grandpa near killed himself but worried about me cause i fainted ..................." lol.
  12. by   twotrees2
    Quote from emsboss
    Fish hooks!!!!!!!!!!!!!...OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...Our ED took out 84 fish hooks out from June 1st thru August 31st. We are located in one of the most famous salmon fisheries in the U.S. and we have been keeping track for years. I think our record (so far) has been around 150 in one summer. We call it "combat fishing" and HIGHLY recommend ballistic lenses in glasses and a cap at a minimum for protection. We have two cut-outs, a male and a female figure, and we put the hooks on the as we remove them. Lots of comments on them.
    oh my lol - had my share of these on the patient end lol - ex boyfriends twin nephews - one hooked his brothers ear! rolfmao - and i myself got 2 in my feet - the second one was in my cousins kiddie pool - i guess my cousin had been fishing before we arrived for our swim date hahaha.

    he also stuck a hoe in my brothers head ( thank god missed his brain - not to deep lol) while we were digging for water -

    digging snow tunnels my cousin stuck a shovel through my upper lip all the way through to the gums - still have a nasty scar there ( so when someone asks is the tunnel coming through i tell my kids do NOT look down to see hahaha )- roflmao - man did we give our folks some tough times. we really do love our cousin lol.

    also had a bike pedal go through my leg calf down to bone - was fine till we got to hospital and freaked out, as told my dad i could not go in cause the sign say no shoes no service, and of course i had no shoes on - lol dad said he thought theyd make an exception as i was being carried -

    head ran over with a runner sled- all was fine ( babysitter knew i was cut open but it did not bleed so she did not figure it warranted calling mom and dad home yet ( young too lol) well my wonderful brother decided he had to "go to the bathroom" and be-lined to my head to tell me i had a HUGE hole in my head whereby i panicked and of course it started bleeding profusely -

    and finally, but not all that has ever been, of our crazy er visits - nasty bully's picking on my brother ( how dare they, only i could do THAT) well - i turned on them and protected my brother - they decided theyd cont the fight with me - threw rocks and my head - hit by my eye - enough blood you'd have thought my eye was gone -i walked slowly home yelling to them id get their asses and they ran like heck to thier mom who showed up a few min later to guide me home - it was getting hard to see with all the blood lol - matter fact my mother did think it was gone and the bad boys mom was kissing butt to not have a lawsuit ( we will pay any bill blah blah) - couldn't get it stopped - got to ER it was not such a big deal only small scar with that one lol. ok so i was quite the tomboy lol. and a tad on accident prone - never a broken bone ( unless you count toes which i dont cause ya cant do anything about em anyhow lol)

    i will say being a nurse has kept ER visits to a minimum for my boys - rare visit due to i keep steristrips etc around and fix up myself. even fixed up thier friends - one who was thrilled as i di such a good job it left no scar ( she was gonna be a model when she grew up and was quite vane about her looks) lol - love to tell my dad who wonders why i wasted my education to work only casual call and not make lots of money- Hey its saved me from a lot of ER and doc visits lolol.
  13. by   twotrees2
    Quote from danissa
    sorry lizviz, not a funny thing,, BUT, isn't that like something from a Airplane movie or sick comedy like that! Feel a saddo for having a giggle, poor guy!!
    in my opinion its ok to have a giggle - my hubby doesnt get it - thinks im cold hearted - but if we dont giggle we would do nothing but cry and fret - the humour needed in the medical field is quite strange so I'm told but honestly we aren't laughing at the people so much ( well maybe some lol that are truly idiots haha) as the situation and the amazement of how someone can lack so much common sense for some of these things

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