What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for? - page 110

and do you have to treat them? I am just curious. Your stories always seem to either crack me up or shake my head in amazement. Thanks for sharing :)... Read More

  1. by   canoehead
    I triaged a guy that wanted a vasectomy once. He stayed even after being told it wouldn't happen, he said it was a real emergency because his wife just had her tenth child. Left after an hour because the wait was too long.
  2. by   flashpoint
    Quote from rwright15
    Also, I had a woman come in on Christmas night for a "gassy" like pain. When asked how long she's been experiencing this, she says "for a while". I say "how long is a while", she then tells me "like a year or longer". When asked if she'd been treated for this year long condition prior to coming to the ER on Christmas night, the answer of course is no. I mean COME ON.... Why come to the ER by EMS on Christmas day for pain that is the same pain you've been having for over a year? Why is it all of the sudden an emergency? Like I said, a total waste of resources. I try hard not to develop prejudices, but it's hard when you repeatedly see situations such as this.
    I know this post is ancient, but I can't sleep...and I just started working at a hospital again, so I'm reading this!

    I think some of it is that when families get together, they discuss their health. Someone always knows someone who "DEID" because of untreated gas or heartburn or hangnails or a rash under the breasts. So...they start discussing their horror stories and eventually someone is convinced that they have to call 911. Or the oldest son who lives clear across the country and never calls or vists suddenly hears about mom's abdominal pain (which the daughter who lives with mom is correct in thinking is only gas and the fact that mom eats chocolate and sunflower seeds all day), so the son does his duty and calls 911...he HAS to show mom that he loves her!
  3. by   SGT>Moody68w
    no you cant refuse to see them, but you CAN so a medical screen on them and refer them to a clinic or their primary care physician
  4. by   LucidResq
    An EMT friend recently ran on a lady clearly faking a seizure. He called her on it, and she became belligerent. "I'm in ****ing status dammit! Give me valium!" She argued with him for over 30 min, maintaining she was currently in status epilepticus and my friend was an idiot for thinking otherwise. LE had to be called and fortunately she did NOT get transported as she had been several times prior in the same week for the same BS.
  5. by   sharpeimom
    Quote from lucidresq
    an emt friend recently ran on a lady clearly faking a seizure. he called her on it, and she became belligerent. "i'm in ****ing status dammit! give me valium!" she argued with him for over 30 min, maintaining she was currently in status epilepticus and my friend was an idiot for thinking otherwise. le had to be called and fortunately she did not get transported as she had been several times prior in the same week for the same bs.
    not arguing that your patient was not faking her seizure, but with some types of seizure, the person can remain fully conscious, alert, able to converse without missing a beat etc.

    those of us who have partial complex or simple complex seizures may have no more than a muscle contraction that lasts varying amounts of time, or other vague symptoms, so please don't automatically
    assume complicit behavoir.
  6. by   LucidResq
    My dad is epileptic and I understand quite a bit about seizure disorders. However, someone faking full-body convulsions for the fourth time in a week to seek drugs is not in status and nonconvulsive variants of status are extremely, extremely rare (and I'm willing to bet do not tend to present as someone fully conscious and with it screaming "I'm in status!")
  7. by   sharpeimom
    Quote from lucidresq
    my dad is epileptic and i understand quite a bit about seizure disorders. however, someone faking full-body convulsions for the fourth time in a week to seek drugs is not in status and nonconvulsive variants of status are extremely, extremely rare (and i'm willing to bet do not tend to present as someone fully conscious and with it screaming "i'm in status!")
    i wasn't arguing that point and those types of patients are swift pains in the azz to everyone. i posted what i did because i get fed up arguing with a certain neighbor who is a surgeon and should know better, that some types seizures do not induce unconsiousness, or take away one's ability to realize one is having a seizure, or converse.

    i'm really not trying to be difficult. never worked er, but i have worked psych and in drug and etoh detox, which did give me insight. i just get so &*^% sick of the public's and certain health professional's knee jerk reaction to some types of seizures.:d
  8. by   Hacker
    I had one lady who waited to finally told us that she needed to know what time it was, since she needed to adjust her clock. I'm not kidding. It was in a small ER, and I had to do the triage and care for my pts, but still....

    I also had people coming to update their prescriptions, or a small cut on a finger with a band-aid, claiming it was bleeding profusely..had a diabetic type 1 pt with high BS who thought insulin was just a fancy thing..
  9. by   katieusa
    chapped lips...no joke!
  10. by   kam.i.am
    hunger pains, no not abdominal pains(no n/v, d or c), he actually said he was hungry and wanted something to eat...and he came by ems because he didn't have a ride
  11. by   onigiri05
    patient came to ER because water went into her ears while taking a bath.... honestly!
  12. by   hherrn
    Last night. Bug bites. Not especially bad ones. Got drunk, slept on a friends couch.
    I advised her not to do that again
  13. by   Kooky Korky
    Quote from sharpeimom
    i wasn't arguing that point and those types of patients are swift pains in the azz to everyone. i posted what i did because i get fed up arguing with a certain neighbor who is a surgeon and should know better, that some types seizures do not induce unconsiousness, or take away one's ability to realize one is having a seizure, or converse.

    i'm really not trying to be difficult. never worked er, but i have worked psych and in drug and etoh detox, which did give me insight. i just get so &*^% sick of the public's and certain health professional's knee jerk reaction to some types of seizures.:d
    some docs are really jerks. surgeons are among the worst, of course, but there are plenty of non-surgeons who are also jerks.

    if a pt doesn't fit the textbook picture, they think the pt is lying, faking, or just plain stupid. how often do we actually see a textbook picture? i just pray for the day when they will have to be patients and can't get a doctor to believe them. perhaps then they will know, experience, and mourn for the unnecessary sorrow, frustration, aggravation, humiliation, and downright physical suffering they have caused their patients.

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