What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for? - page 12

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. Visit  teeituptom profile page
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    Quote from lisamc1
    Sometimes I really feel like one of those stupid people. We now have a $700 ER bill because I didn't know how serious my son's injury was. Just last month we were at a picnic. My son and another boy got into an argument and the other boy decided to settle it by cracking my son on the head with a metal broomstick. Ben (my son) came running to me, blood dripping down him. It was a head wound and there was just so much blood! We went to the ER where he ended up with 5 stitches! I didn't know it wasn't severe. If I had, I would have taken him to the pediatrician's office. They would most certainly have seen Ben and taken care of him with the same care that he was given in the ER (they were awesome, btw), and I would have been given a $70 bill instead of a $700 . We have no insurance, so we are working out a payment arrangement with the hospital. I just feel so stupid, though. I can't wait to get to the part in my nursing training where I can rationally decide what is and isn't an emergency. I saw the blood and freaked. I know you all are talking about some pretty silly reasons to end up in the ER, but I feel just awful about my own decision that landed us in this situation. Do a lot of people who just need a few stitches end up in the ER, or is just me? Ugh!
    your not stupid, most docs would have sent him in for a CT anyway
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  2. Visit  lisamc1RN profile page
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    Thank you all! Your info does make me feel better! Great site, too!


    Btw, the other kids parents insisted on paying for the bill, but we refused, since the father just lost his job the month before. He has insisted on coming over and doing little odd jobs around the house for us, though. He is coming over this week to fix our kitchen plumbing, and he has already spread a load of gravel in our drive with his tractor. They have all been wonderful about this.
  3. Visit  kyutnurse profile page
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    A mother brought her 7 yr old son to the ER to get a "certification tha she did not abuse her son" she said it is needed by the social worker. She asked me how she can get certified of not abusing her own son....anyways, the ER doc didnt give her nothing. But referred her to a her son's pediatrician, come to find out her son has never seen a pediatrician, so we had to find a pediatrician for him. I dont know what the mother was thinking.
  4. Visit  kyutnurse profile page
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    A couple of teenage boys was playing with jungle knives and one got wounded in his ***. LOL
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  5. Visit  Rena RN 2003 profile page
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    we would have sent him for a head ct if there were any loc, nausea, vomiting, or on gut feeling of any of the staff that thought he needed ct. anyway, i don't begrudge parents for bringing head lacs to the ER.

    i begrudge the parent of the 12 y.o. that stepped on a nail last week and now she thinks he needs to be seen emergently by the doc. btw, can we have an excuse for the school that we where here today?
  6. Visit  DMoon profile page
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    Quote from lisamc1
    Thank you all! Your info does make me feel better! Great site, too!


    Btw, the other kids parents insisted on paying for the bill, but we refused, since the father just lost his job the month before. He has insisted on coming over and doing little odd jobs around the house for us, though. He is coming over this week to fix our kitchen plumbing, and he has already spread a load of gravel in our drive with his tractor. They have all been wonderful about this.
    That is so cool! If only the whole world operated like this...sigh! I'm glad everything's turning out okay for you!
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  7. Visit  RNin92 profile page
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    Quote from teeituptom
    We were so busy the other night 3 people in the wairing room eloped all at the same time with their very minor maladies, went across the street and called 9-1-1.

    They were all taken off stretchers and sent out to the triage desk to sign in, and were followed by a police officer who gave them all citations for abusing EMS

    Nice to know that people do the same type of crap...nationwide!!!

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  8. Visit  ayndim profile page
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    Quote from lisamc1
    Thank you all! Your info does make me feel better! Great site, too!


    Btw, the other kids parents insisted on paying for the bill, but we refused, since the father just lost his job the month before. He has insisted on coming over and doing little odd jobs around the house for us, though. He is coming over this week to fix our kitchen plumbing, and he has already spread a load of gravel in our drive with his tractor. They have all been wonderful about this.
    It is always nice when someone takes responsibility. I find that so many people out there say well s/he is just a kid. The parents are teaching their child a great lesson. Payment doesn't always have to equal money. Don't forget to ask the hospital about a cash pay discount. I know some do (although they don't advertise it).

    Good luck.
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  9. Visit  KarafromPhilly profile page
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    This is a bit off-topic, but what about family members who come and hang out with Mom or whoever is being tx'd, then ask the dr. for a work excuse for themselves ? Duh.
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  10. Visit  teeituptom profile page
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    Had a 16 yo girl brought to ER by her mother c/o Itchy Genitalia

    I took the history without chuckling

    mother then asked " Can you tell her she shouldnt shave down there"

    I very carefully thought before answering

    " I think I will let the Doctor handle this, Maam"
  11. Visit  NurseJacqui profile page
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    Quote from cyberkat
    Someone who called and tried to make an appointment for the next day. We explained "This is the emergency room."

    Person replied "I know. I don't want to wait, I want an appointment for tomorrow." We said, "Call the clinic."
    We had a guy call and ask, " What time do you close?" The nurse replied, " We close at 11 but we will reopen at midnight," Hey, you ask a stupid question....
  12. Visit  NurseJacqui profile page
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    Quote from jyoung1950
    As a matter of fact, in the wee hours of Monday morning, I woke up with severe pain on my left side front and back and radiating down my groin. I also had alot of pressure to urinate but when I tried could only void a very small amount. Also had vomiting and nausea.

    Well, the pain would not subside. Any Tylenol I tried to take for it was vomited up.

    Finally after 3 hours of this, I dragged my aching body to the car and drove down to the ER at 4:30 in the morning. I could not understand what could be causing the pain and was, understandably, afraid.

    There was blood in my urine and they did a catscan, but the nurses had already figured out I had a kidney stone ("doing the kidney stone dance").

    They put an IV in me for fluid and pain medicine and when I was awake enough let me go home with vicodin and suppositories for nausea and vomiting. Doc instructed me to see a urologist in the next couple days.

    I hope the ER staff didn't think me coming down with a KS was silly. I live alone and just have myself to depend on. They sure did help me out - the pain was unbearable.

    Just a little anecdotal story.
    Are you serious? A kidney stone is a valid reason to go to the ER...no one would think you silly. A hangnail, or pregnancy test is bulls@#*
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  13. Visit  BucklandRN profile page
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    lmao :chuckle

    Quote from RainbowSkye
    Gee, let's see:
    -broken acrylic nail
    -child vomited once, now sitting on mom's lap eating chips and drinking coke
    -laceration too tiny to be seen by the naked eye ("it was bleeding just a minute ago" as patient squeezes the alleged laceration trying to make it bleed again)
    -totally well, but needing a work excuse for a sick day sometime last week
    -child sleeping all day (up all night crying the night before)
    -prescription refill (could be anything from bp meds to oxycontin)
    -viagra request
    -mosquito bite (yup, just a plain old mosquito bite with no allergic reaction or infection)
    -child "lethargic" (mom's words) as kid is running up and down the hall and, you guessed it, eating chips and drinking coke
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