What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for? - page 114

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
    Word came from security that they had a woman outside who couldn't walk to triage because her arm hurt too bad. She wanted a stretcher to carside, LOL.
  2. by   Chixie
    We had a 3 hour wait to be seen in a+e last night and i was in triage doing the simple cases that my mentor assigned to me when the bleeper goes off (this is reserved for those who have chest pain/breathing difficulties/ie those who need to be seen now) so i go round and pick up the info 'wasp sting, anaphlaxis' so i see this guy and the following conversation takes place.

    me: ok, when did you get stung and where abouts on you?
    patient: on the back of my neck
    me:did you use your epi pen? have you been stung before?
    patient: oh no i dont have an epi pen, yes ive been stung before, about 3 times.
    me:what happened when you were stung before?
    patient:i came to a+e (at this point i checked his previous visits and allergy information ( there is no evidence/record of any allergies)
    me: erm ok (all of his observations are fine,no breathing diffculties,no swelling, in fact i cannot even see the frikking sting)erm...when did you get stung? and has your gp referred you for allergy testing?
    patient: at 1pm today and no i havent seen my gp about this.
    me: (looking at my watch) well it is now 7pm, if you had a true anaphlaxis you would been exhibiting symptoms immediately.This is not an allergic reaction.If you were truely allergic then your gp would have given you an epi pen.

    (I went to speak to my mentor and a doctor who laughed and sent the guy round to the out of hours gp where the patient had at least 2 hours to wait)

    A woman rang an ambulance for an ear infection, paramedics arrived to find three family members who were going to drive to a+e anyway 'to keep her company'-The worst thing of all, the patient lived less than a 5 minute walk away, she lived just over the road from the a+e department.

    But the best has to be ear wax. Guy came in at 4am thursday morning complaining of excessive ear wax. Doc told him to use olive oil and see his gp. Patient says oh im seeing him at 4pm friday anyways.


    Grrr!!
  3. by   shortstuff5
    Pt came to the ED because she wanted to be tested for H1N1.. because she flew over Mexico. No symptoms/complaints. No Joke
  4. by   MikeyMul
    Not a nurse or anything like that but my friend's father once had her put on a psych ward when she was 16 because he and his wife read her diary and found out she had sex with her boyfriend.
  5. by   julianne.00
    Several Weeks ago---
    A gentleman, in his mid 60's...

    -Constipated for several days
    -decided to attempt to disimpact himself....... wait for it......
    WITH A VIBRATOR.
    -the vibrator got stuck.

    bwahahahaha.

    another good one from a couple weeks back--- (i didn't have this patient, but i just saw the general complaint come up on the waiting screen)

    "13 F
    Possible worm in vagina"

    what the...
  6. by   ICU_RN_BSN
    This is rediculous because it is so shocking...not because it's dumb to come in if this happened but...

    and I'm not a nurse yet but my aunt who is a nurse in the ER shared..

    A man came in with a cell phone stuck in his anus...he and his signifigant other were putting phone on vibrate and um..calling eachother. And now he couldn't get cell phone out.
  7. by   rph3664
    Quote from MikeyMul
    Not a nurse or anything like that but my friend's father once had her put on a psych ward when she was 16 because he and his wife read her diary and found out she had sex with her boyfriend.
    How long ago was this? There was once a time when you could just drive up to some psych wards, say, "I want this person admitted" and walk away even if the person had nothing wrong with them.

    If it was more recent, there may have been more to the story, suicidal behavior being the most likely.
  8. by   TheEmmyRN
    I had a gentleman come in because he didn't have a bowel movement the day before and he felt like he had to have a bowel movement. I asked him how often he usually had BMs had he said every other day. . . the doctor ordered an enema. I came in to give the enema and the Pt said he didn't need it because he had a BM already. He had it BEFORE the doctor came in. I asked if he told the MD that when he came in examine him. . . . he said "no because he didn't ask me"
    YOU ARE HERE FOR CONSTIPATION WHY WOULD THE DOCTOR ASK YOU IF YOU HAD A BM WHILE YOU WERE HERE!

    Really!?
  9. by   roses1130j
    Just last night I had a pt brought in by the police for SI via Facebook. An acquaintance of the pt was surfing his Facebook and saw a suicide note post. The pt said it was his girlfriend whom made the posts and he was not at all suicidal. Not only was is the most bizarre CC I've ever seen, it was also the fastest D/C. The doc was in the room all of 1 minute and wrote him up for discharge, the guy was very embarrased and made us call the cop who brought him in for a ride home...next thing you know they will be putting Facebook in the textbooks. LOL
  10. by   Christy1019
    Quote from julianne.00
    Several Weeks ago---
    A gentleman, in his mid 60's...

    -Constipated for several days
    -decided to attempt to disimpact himself....... wait for it......
    WITH A VIBRATOR.
    -the vibrator got stuck.

    bwahahahaha.

    another good one from a couple weeks back--- (i didn't have this patient, but i just saw the general complaint come up on the waiting screen)

    "13 F
    Possible worm in vagina"

    what the...


    just had a man last night that c/o constipation x 2 days so he attempted to disempact himself with a HANGER! ***** luckily did not perf his bowel, however would not follow instructions to keep the fluid in after a fleets enema and 1min after giving it i see his butt naked self running down the hallway to the bathroom, with a trail of enema dripping out behind him lol. maybe we should add fleets enema to the list of crap we should hand out at the door along w/preg tests, birth control, condoms, and tylenol lol
  11. by   FranEMTnurse
    Good idea.
  12. by   mkblakley07
    I haven't spent a whole lot of time in the ER, but the one that stands out the as the most ridiculous was the man who brought his child in because (s)he was dirty and wanted it documented that (s)he was dirty. But he had already bathed and groomed said child, so the child wasn't dirty. Not that there was anything we could've done about it anyway...
  13. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from TexanSN
    I haven't spent a whole lot of time in the ER, but the one that stands out the as the most ridiculous was the man who brought his child in because (s)he was dirty and wanted it documented that (s)he was dirty. But he had already bathed and groomed said child, so the child wasn't dirty. Not that there was anything we could've done about it anyway...

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