What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for? - page 122

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   AngelicDarkness
    I love the stories on here but have to insert a random one that ended up at a real emergency...

    92 year old lady with severe pain for 3 days. Refused to go to hospital. Took prn tylenol but it wasn't helping. Severe pain was in her lower back and hips. Paramedics told her not to bring anything because there was "no point since you'll be back tonight" having the pain 3 days and not doing anything about it when it was new.

    She had a massive MI in the emerg that evening. Roughly 2 hours after waiting.

    Freaky how that worked out eh?:O
  2. by   newtinmpls
    Quote from brooks3
    A mother brought her 3 day old infant in because she found her 9 year old nephew sucking on the infant's umbilical cord. My thought was, I'd be more concerned about the 9 year old.
    Me too. that is an odd, and rather personal sort of behavior for a 9yo to just pick up. I'd wonder if there was abuse going on.
  3. by   FranEMTnurse
    Ditto!!
  4. by   trooperwifey
    These are hilarious but I am not suprised in the least! I have two that I would like to share.

    1.) Triage is slamming to the point where all ambulance patients are lined up in the hallway. I finally get to a lady who came in via ambulance. Complaint? Itching from Poison Ivy... from which she was DXd and discharged EARLIER that day.

    2.) An older lady who came in with a complaint of vag bleeding.

    Me: 'How long has this been going on ma'am?"
    Lady: 'Oh, about 20 years'
    Me: '20 years? What made you come in tonight?'
    Lady: 'I finally found a ride'
    Me: thinking... IT TOOK 20 YEARS TO FIND A RIDE!!!?? LOL
  5. by   SpEdtacular
    Quote from AngelicDarkness
    I love the stories on here but have to insert a random one that ended up at a real emergency...

    92 year old lady with severe pain for 3 days. Refused to go to hospital. Took prn tylenol but it wasn't helping. Severe pain was in her lower back and hips. Paramedics told her not to bring anything because there was "no point since you'll be back tonight" having the pain 3 days and not doing anything about it when it was new.

    She had a massive MI in the emerg that evening. Roughly 2 hours after waiting.

    Freaky how that worked out eh?:O
    Old ladies are sneaky like that
  6. by   SpEdtacular
    Whilst EMSing I picked up an "unresponsive" gentleman that was seen lying in the street by passersby. I said sir what's the matter today and he said I'm cold and I drink like fish.

    I said sir I appreciate your honesty, and I respect you for that.

    If only everyone were so honest...
  7. by   AngelfireRN
    Quote from allstudentnurses
    Okay, I think I have the best one yet. Two days ago, a man came in via ambulance, chief complaint was he ran out of his prescription medications. Seriously, he wasted a 911 call on THAT. Why he didn't call his physician is beyond me.
    I may have an answer for you. My general practice has an emphasis on pain management (thie doc I work for is phenomenal at treating pain, we have a wait list that boggles the mind), but all our pts sign a contract at the time they become our pt. The contract states that they will only receive controlled substanced from this doc, that they will not see other docs for the purpose of obtaining controls, that they agree to submit to random drug screens, and that any violation will result in dismissal from the practice. If they are dismissed, they get no more meds (we do supply a limited amount of maintenance meds until they can get another doc).

    We have had pts go to ER in an attempt to get pain meds, and one lovely individual (who was dismissed because he showed up for his appointment staggering drunk) called the local PD and claimed his meds were stolen. He was jailed for filing a false report once the cops (who we work very closely with) found out what had transpired.

    Just a for-instance.
  8. by   Christy1019
    Yesterday.. c/o Being startled while asleep

    Per EMS they arrived to find a woman sitting in a lawn chair in the middle of the street crying, w/a car that ran into the streetlight nearby. They asked if she's hurt she says no, "why are u crying?" Pt: "B/c the car hit the pole", "were u the driver/passenger?" Pt: "I wasn't in the car". "Did the car hit you?" Pt: "no I was in my house asleep & the crash woke me up and scared me so I started drinking and called 911"

    And they wonder why detroit has the country's slowest response time.. they get multiple calls like this daily!
  9. by   EMcGrady
    Fake morphoene OD, nothing in his system he just wanted his girlfriend to feel bad and make him dinner.
  10. by   ERnurse8
    Wanted me to sign paperwork on his apartment application certifying that he was in need of his dog as a companion animal so he could move in with a dog into an apartment that wouldn't otherwise allow dogs

    I kindly replied that if he could get his GP to sign off for him more power to him but our ER attending would not see him for that purpose

    he responded.."really? are you sure?"

    Could you imagine!!!....."hey Dr such and such....this will only take a sec.... HAHA YEAH RIGHT!!!"
  11. by   canoehead
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    Last edit by canoehead on Jun 6, '11
  12. by   SneakySnake
    The dumbest visit to the ER.....well lets see....Once a mom brought her 4 year old boy in because a stick was sticking out of his leg and she couldn't pull it out...she had tried at home but the darn thing wouldn't budge. Well the ER doc walked in and pluck out it came with one teeny tiny pull. The boy was diagnosed with a splinter and the mortified mother had to sit and listen to discharge instructions about how to care for a minor abrasion. Yes...I am the mother and yes I am a RN. I was SO unbelievably embarrassed.
  13. by   Irishpsychintern
    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.
    I worked in "GrangeGorman" psych hospital for a while while I was a 3rd year student. Its one of the last psych institutions left in Ireland and is soon to be closed down (thank god). For the weeks I was there, I'd often see an old women walking around the grounds alone. This place is huge and so so old (1815) and really eerie. Anyhow, I asked my preceptor about the old women and it turns out she was involuntarily admitted when she was 16 ( she was 76 when I saw her) for having a baby out of wedlock. Shes been there for 60 years....... It's the saddest thing Ive ever seen. For years she was on all sorts of psych meds for absolutely nothing and developed all the EPSE's associated with older psych drugs. She's still there as she's so helplessly institutionalised. This is certainly not an isolated case over here. With the "special relationship" (those were actual words in our constitution until recent years) between the Irish government and the catholic church this kind of thing was rampant, Magdaline laundries etc..... Isnt it absolutely disgusting? The sooner the better religions are done away with the better. Its all but died over here now thank god. We still have the nuts (you'll get them everywhere but they have no power anymore). They certainly dont have the power the christian right in USA or theocratic governments eg Iran posess. Anyhow, I guess I rambled a bit, but its certainly "a ridiculous thing" to be admitted for.

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