What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for? - page 138

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   Melela
    Rofl awesome
  2. by   Pranqster
    Quote from MrsWampthang
    Tampon "lost" for two days. One of the few times I almost blew chow from the smell. :chuckle


    Worst weirdest was a person that drank a cup of abrasive substance that wasn't supposed to be drank. Can't tell ya any more than that without violating HIPPA. Needless to say it wasn't pretty and that person is really messed up for life.

    Another weird injury I saw once upon a time, a kid came in with a fishing lure stuck to his head. When he first walked up I thought it was something coming out of his head! (I was a registrar in the ER then.)

    Pam
    hippa is for identifying patient information. you can say that patient x drank a cup of bleach without violating anything.
  3. by   Beek74
    Most ridiculous thing I ever had to come to the ER for. I had surgery, and got a wound infection. I was d/ced on a Friday evening. I left the unit and went to the grocery store to grab a few things with my mom before heading home. Suddenly I notice my JP bulb is open. The little tab that closes it and provides the suction has come off. I tried everything. I tried taping it up, went to CVS and asked the pharmacist if they carried them, called the unit I'd left only an hour ago. They all said go to the ER. I felt so stupid, but with the open drain leading into my body, just over a wound infection, and thinking about 2 days of bloody drainage getting on my clothes and sheets, I didn't know what was the best choice. So back to the ER. I was hoping they could just get me a new bulb and I could leave in a decent amount of time. Instead I was there 6 hours, had to be seen by a resident and a surgeon and have a whole exam even though I felt fine. I could not believe there was no better way to get a new JP bulb. If the thing had broken 2 hours earlier, it would have been a 5 minute issue.
  4. by   sissiesmama
    Quote from ecerrn
    How about a brain freeze after slurping up a slushie at a convienence store...yes he got a cat scan.
    Bahahahahahaha!! Hilarious!!

    Anne, RNC
  5. by   Altra
    Quote from Beek74
    I could not believe there was no better way to get a new JP bulb. If the thing had broken 2 hours earlier, it would have been a 5 minute issue.
    There was a better way to get a new JP bulb ...

    And that would have been for your surgeon to have appropriately addressed it in the office/clinic setting.
  6. by   morte
    did you miss the part that it was friday evening??
    Quote from Altra
    There was a better way to get a new JP bulb ...

    And that would have been for your surgeon to have appropriately addressed it in the office/clinic setting.
  7. by   PeggyKish
    Young mom brought eight month old daughter for uri sx, wanted to ask the doc about her child's hair and why it got snarly after she layed down on her back....what should she do to stop the tangles!?
  8. by   meanmaryjean
    The flip side of this thread:

    YEARS ago, working in Chicago, middle-aged man comes in the ED doing the kidney stone dance. "I've had them before, and I'm allergic to the dye. Is it OK if I just walk around the exam room? - I feel a little better that way." Sure, I place his wide-open saline IV on a rolling pole, and he starts walking around.

    Go out to the waiting room to get the wife. Tell her, "He's pretty miserable, as soon as the ultrasound guy gets here... blah, blah blah."

    She says, "You know, ever since the doctor told him he had that A..... A.... Aortic something-or-other- he's been such a baby!"

    "Aneurysm?" says I, warily.

    "That's it! Aneurysm- I knew it was a 'Triple A' but I couldn't remember what the A's stood for!" she answers, cheerily.

    You have never seen a fat nurse move so fast in your entire life! (He lived.)
  9. by   msjellybean
    Had a college age girl come through the fast track part of our ED yesterday for jaw pain. R/t ahem, sexual activities from the night before.
  10. by   mamanurse86
    We had a patient come in once with a gerbil in his rectum.... he tried to convince us it just "ran right up there".... yeaaaaaa I totally believed that!
  11. by   mamanurse86
    It is never silly to go in for a kidney stone. My husband had one and kept putting it off and it wound up to totally block his ureter and he almost lost his kidney!
  12. by   mamanurse86
    I have a few as well:

    Once had a man come in saying he was in pain, but could not/would not say where or why. We released him after he finally said he was fine. I assumed he was probably an addict after pills, but was totally shocked when he came back in not 10 minutes later with a broken hand and actually said "can you give me meds now?".... yep, he went out to the parking lot and slammed his hand in his truck door just to get pills.

    A mother who insisted we give her pain pills to help her sleep since her son had a stomach virus and she "didnt want to deal with it".

    A woman who was not even pregnant claiming to be in labor.

    A DOA from a man "pleasuring himself" with a toilet plunger in the bathtub (I am told this is actually seen quiet a bit now).

    A girl who swore a condom had came off and was "missing"... there was none.

    A woman who had period cramps and bleeding, but swore she was having a kidney stone and would not take no for an answer, despite ultrasounds and such showing her we were right.

    A woman whose baby "didn't smell right"

    I'm sure I could go on and on if i really thought about it! lol
  13. by   Sassy5d
    A sunburn. Not a bad sunburn. Not a blistered sunburn.. Just a little pink on the cheeks.

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