What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for? - page 127

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   AlmostJesus
    When I was on my internship for my paramedic certification we were paged out code 3 (lights and sirens) for a guy who had cut his pinky finger (about the size of a paper cut) and he told the dispatchers it was still bleeding. The EMR system required it to be an automatic page out for the ambulance and fire department to drive across the city lights and sirens. When we got there the patient said it wouldnt stop bleeding while he was just dabbing off the blood not holding pressure. Needless to say we handed him a 4x4, told him to actually hold pressure on it, and ended up leaving.
    and people wonder why ambulance accidents happen?
  2. by   EDNurse74
    Most Ridiculous:
    Pt was about 600 lbs and hadn't left his house in about 3 years. Well that day he decided he might have HTN. He had no c/o symptoms. But why after not leaving your house for 3 years and you are 600 lbs, why today do you decide to go to the ED to check your blood pressure, why today??

    Cutest Story:
    5 year old male had an undescended testicle. He just knew it was not where it was supposed to he. So he gets a lump in his neck and presents to the ED saying "My ball is coming out of my neck." Mom and I had a good laugh on that one.

    Funniest Story:
    Grandma comes in stating "I just feel weird." VSS, A/Ox4, looked great. Ate dinner, was normal, and ate a brownie that grandson had made for desert. An hour later she is "feeling weird." Well grandson comes in and tells up the brownies had weed in them. Granny was high, grandpa was ******, and grandson was grounded.
  3. by   Gently.me
    I have been reading these off and on for a few weeks now. I saw this video and though you ladies and gents in the ER will have a kick! At some point or other, I am sure we have heard it all:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6sRyrB_UMA
  4. by   carolmaccas66
    I haven't got enough experience to have a ridiculous story, but a few weeks ago, it seemed everyone had dinner one particular night of the week and then they all came into the ED with chest pain. I wondered - what on earth are they putting in the food these days?!
    It's also amazing how well people become when they become hungry. Their chest pain - or any other aches and pains for that matter - simply disappear, then they're: Is there any way I can get some FOOD in this joint??!
    Felt like saying - McDonalds is just up the road - either d/c yourself and go get it if you have the energy to whine about being hungry, or get your partner to get it!
  5. by   jsallen
    The night of the midwest snowstorm of 2011, my ER had a patient call the ambulance for toe pain x3 weeks. The EMS crew had to drive to the middle of the country in snow 3 ft high to pick him up... then when he got here he said "I was just bored because my cable went out so I figured I'd come here and watch yours." Then, obviously, we couldn't get him a ride home so he got round the clock meals, warm blankets and free cable for the next 2 days until we could get him home.
  6. by   arabstarRN
    While in nursing school, we had rotations through the ER at a local hospital. One day, a girl came in because she was bleeding from the southern region and was freaked out. After thorough workups, girl saying she had cramps and everything, after running pregnancy test and finding nothing, the ER nurse was perplexed at what could possible be so abnormal and causing this, and the doctor wasn't offering much more in the way of answers. Finally, the ER nurse goes, "And you are sure you are not due to start your period?" the girl thinks for a minute, then says, "What is the date today?" so the nurse answered, and the girl goes, "Oh yeah, I am due to start my period! This is my period!" That mid-teenaged girl left and the nurse was not a happy camper that the patient took up so much time away from her other patients... she turned to the two of us around and said, "Unfortunately, stuff like that happens all the time here. We see the dumbest things in this ER."
  7. by   Trekfan
    Quote from jsallen
    The night of the midwest snowstorm of 2011, my ER had a patient call the ambulance for toe pain x3 weeks. The EMS crew had to drive to the middle of the country in snow 3 ft high to pick him up... then when he got here he said "I was just bored because my cable went out so I figured I'd come here and watch yours." Then, obviously, we couldn't get him a ride home so he got round the clock meals, warm blankets and free cable for the next 2 days until we could get him home.
    I am shocked that the er would let him stay for 2days ? why did they not just discharge him? that would not happen here last year I was in the er from vomiting and a low blood sugar I was told I had to stay but at 3:30AM I was still waiting for a room and the new shiftdoc. walks in and tells me to go home ??? I was given meds in my iv and then discharged and walked to a bench outside and left there It took me an 2 hour to wake my dad and have him pick me up by witch point I have fallen asleep on the bench thank god I had my dog with me to or I would have been scard to death
  8. by   Leda1st
    We get this one more often than you would think:
    -Patient comes in, diagnosed with a mild infection of some sort (usually mild UTI or sinusitis), is given Rx for antibiotics and sent home.
    -Next day (or 2) patient returns to ER, same exact symptoms, states they are "no better". When asked about antibiotics that were prescribed, patient states that they didn't get antibiotics. I'm still trying to figure out what these patients expect us to do: voodoo? a rain dance? magic wand?

    One of the saddest things was this: 17-year-old kid walks into the ER, says he walked there because his mom went to the family shelter with his younger siblings. Turns out, kid can't stay at family shelter because he is too old (age limit for kids at the shelter is 12). However, Child Protective Services can't provide a place for the kid because, the way things work in THIS state (I'm in The South), he is considered an adult at age 17. Can't go to "regular" homeless shelter, because you have to be 18 to go to that shelter. I guess the kid couldn't think of anywhere else to go except the ER. We let him hang in the lobby for the night while the charge nurse worked with hospital social work to get the kid a place.
  9. by   Cindy_A
    One of the saddest things was this: 17-year-old kid walks into the ER, says he walked there because his mom went to the family shelter with his younger siblings. Turns out, kid can't stay at family shelter because he is too old (age limit for kids at the shelter is 12). However, Child Protective Services can't provide a place for the kid because, the way things work in THIS state (I'm in The South), he is considered an adult at age 17. Can't go to "regular" homeless shelter, because you have to be 18 to go to that shelter. I guess the kid couldn't think of anywhere else to go except the ER. We let him hang in the lobby for the night while the charge nurse worked with hospital social work to get the kid a place.[/QUOTE]

    That IS sad! Poor kid! I guess they did find him a place?
  10. by   Trekfan
    Quote from Leda1st
    We get this one more often than you would think:
    -Patient comes in, diagnosed with a mild infection of some sort (usually mild UTI or sinusitis), is given Rx for antibiotics and sent home.
    -Next day (or 2) patient returns to ER, same exact symptoms, states they are "no better". When asked about antibiotics that were prescribed, patient states that they didn't get antibiotics. I'm still trying to figure out what these patients expect us to do: voodoo? a rain dance? magic wand?

    One of the saddest things was this: 17-year-old kid walks into the ER, says he walked there because his mom went to the family shelter with his younger siblings. Turns out, kid can't stay at family shelter because he is too old (age limit for kids at the shelter is 12). However, Child Protective Services can't provide a place for the kid because, the way things work in THIS state (I'm in The South), he is considered an adult at age 17. Can't go to "regular" homeless shelter, because you have to be 18 to go to that shelter. I guess the kid couldn't think of anywhere else to go except the ER. We let him hang in the lobby for the night while the charge nurse worked with hospital social work to get the kid a place.

    OMG that is so sad I hope they where able to find him a home .
  11. by   rph3664
    Quote from jsallen
    The night of the midwest snowstorm of 2011, my ER had a patient call the ambulance for toe pain x3 weeks. The EMS crew had to drive to the middle of the country in snow 3 ft high to pick him up... then when he got here he said "I was just bored because my cable went out so I figured I'd come here and watch yours." Then, obviously, we couldn't get him a ride home so he got round the clock meals, warm blankets and free cable for the next 2 days until we could get him home.
    What's your room charge, like, $500 a day or what? Awfully expensive cable. Hope he ended up in jail.

    At the time, I was living in the storm's path (my town got more snow in that storm than we usually got in a whole season) and there was a story on the news about parades of pregnant women checking into motels in case they went into labor during this time.
  12. by   EDRN75
    Quote from Purple_Demon_RN
    A woman came in because she stepped on a thumb tack. The 0.25 cm thumb tacks.
    Same here. However it was a man....who came in by EMS.
  13. by   skyb
    Nursing is my second career. My first was as a flight attendant for a big airline. One night over the bond, we hit some air, and I came off the floor, and the middle of my foot landed on a bottle top from a liter water. I heard a pop, and it was decided to take me to the local hospital in Brighton, England upon arrival. My foot was fine, but what really got me was the decor of the ER. It seems that in an effort to raise funds, the walls in the ER waiting room are up for advertising rent.

    Care to guess who advertises on those walls???

    Malpractice attorneys.....sheesh.

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