What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for? - page 111

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   Jamesdotter
    Quote from Kooky Korky
    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.
    Like the one who, when hospitalized for back pain, was given a shot of (I think it was) trilafon. It was very painful, and he never again ordered it for a patient, I'm happy to say.

    He was the same one who wanted me to give his delivering patient chloroform. I wasn't licensed for that!
  2. by   sharpeimom
    Quote from jamesdotter

    he was the same one who wanted me to give his delivering patient chloroform. i wasn't licensed for that!
    eeeeeeeeekkkkkkkkkkkkk!!!!
  3. by   rph3664
    Quote from Jamesdotter
    Like the one who, when hospitalized for back pain, was given a shot of (I think it was) trilafon. It was very painful, and he never again ordered it for a patient, I'm happy to say.

    He was the same one who wanted me to give his delivering patient chloroform. I wasn't licensed for that!
    How long ago was THAT? My parents were both born in 1933, and my grandmothers got chloroform and it was headed for obsolescence at that time!

    I've heard that doctors - male or female - make the worst patients, regardless of specialty, and it's something they fear enormously too.
  4. by   Jamesdotter
    How long ago was the chloroform incident? About 1968, I think. The doc might have been old enough to have been practicing in 1933. He was probably somewhere in his 50s.
  5. by   FranEMTnurse
    I had a young caregiver who went to the ER for everything from a runny nose to a tummy ache.
  6. by   Finally my Time
    These have probably been said before. I am not a nurse, but work in admissions.

    Baby's umbilical cord fell off.....

    Itchy bug bites.....

    Left methadone clinic and didn't "feel" well? (I would imagine not)

    Newborn won't stop crying? (again I imagine not)
  7. by   alesiarn
    So much retarded stuff on a daily basis - how's this... a teenaged girl brought in by EMS because her left foot stepped on top of her right foot and it hurt. Or - a family visiting their loved one in the nursing home was concerned and had them transported to the ER because their Alzheimer's was "getting worse" * duh.
  8. by   Fribblet
    I had a lady who came in by EMS on a particularly cold morning in the dead of winter because, after walking outside for a spell, her hands were cold.
  9. by   Pixie.RN
    Ooh, that reminds me of one! EMS brought in one of our local ETOH-ers because their hands were turning purple (it was cold outside) ... turns out this patient was wearing new jeans, and as the patient was walking with hands in pockets in the inclement weather, the jeans got wet and stained the hands. Good times!
  10. by   kxvc
    Pt came in for low grade fever. Otherwise felt great. Had not tried anything OTC. Recent death in family from cancer and first symptom had been fever.

    Doc humored the pt by doing a work up. Gave pt tylenol and thought are you kidding me right now. Imagine our surprise when the tests confirmed our pt's worst nightmare. Can you say impending doom?
  11. by   lpnstudentin2010
    poor pt. I guess its a good thing they came in. They were just freaked out and normally that wouldnt warent a visit to the ER. At least the doc humored the pt. wow.
  12. by   kxvc
    Quote from lpnstudentin2010
    poor pt. I guess its a good thing they came in. They were just freaked out and normally that wouldnt warent a visit to the ER. At least the doc humored the pt. wow.
    I have a good relationship with the doc so after initiating the orders I went up to the doc and asked why we were even working up the pt thinking perhaps there was something I missed. The actual response from the doc was "just to humor the pt." The doc was just as shocked as I was. VS could not be more normal except temp was exactly 100.4 F. Good learning experience for me.
  13. by   sharpeimom
    Quote from lpnstudentin2010
    poor pt. i guess its a good thing they came in. they were just freaked out and normally that wouldnt warent a visit to the er. at least the doc humored the pt. wow.

    when a relative's husband was in med school, she worked in a maximum security prison as a rn.

    one great big, mean, tough, scary, baaaad, prisoner was a ff in her infirmary. nothing was ever
    found to be wrong. not. ever. ever.

    come monday morning, there he was again. there they were. same inmate. same rn. same ol' md.
    same complaints. same tests. same tylenol ordered and taken.

    tests back wednesday. guess what?? lung ca with mets.

    where in the heck was it hiding the prior week?
    Last edit by sharpeimom on Jul 24, '10 : Reason: typo

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