What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for? - pg.139 | allnurses

What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for? - page 139

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  emtb2rn profile page
    Had c/o "boogers in nose" yesterday.
    sharpeimom, MECO28, JeanettePNP, and 2 others like this.
  2. Visit  meanmaryjean profile page
    Rather plump young lady comes into ED with abd pain. Looks genuinely distressed. Over to ultrasound. Tech call back and says to me "9 cm and about 37 weeks. And it's a boy."


    Ack!!!!! Racing down the hall with this girl who is wailing "But I don't even have a boyfriend!!!" Get her up to OB (longest elevator ride of my LIFE!) just in the nick of time- healthy baby boy.

    Went back to check on her a couple hours later at change of shift. She thanks me profusely and then utters the greatest "I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant" line ever: "Wow, do I ever need to make a trip to Walmart!"
    ohiobobcat, BabyRN2Be, silverbat, and 7 others like this.
  3. Visit  juniperpearl profile page
    I'm former EMS but can I chime in too?

    -I've been dizzy for 3 years
    -There's a boil on my butt
    -I got diabetes ma'am, I can't help it (ETOH requested by PD)
    -I want to give my mom this gift & she'll only come see me if I'm in the hospital
    -Itchy vag. (Pt brought a large jar of vasoline to apply as needed. It was needed in the ED hallway)
  4. Visit  lindarn profile page
    This of course, happened in NYC. We had a man come into the ER, C/O hemmerhoids (sp?), and they itched. He had shoved a salami up his but because he said that they itched.

    He had shoved it so far up, they had to take him to the OR to surgically remove it.
    When they got it out, it still had the Hormel sticker on it!

    When I was in the military, I was with a bunch of reservists from other parts of the country. This one ER nurse, from PA, told us about a 15 year old girl, who came in with c/o vaginal issues.

    Of course, they asked her if she was sexually active, thinking of ?STDs. He said that she just sat there, looking like the wood was burning in her head, as she pondered the question. After a couple of minutes, she stated, "no, just lay there!"
    You really can't make this stuff up!

    Does this sound like a girl who really knows what she is doing? And we wonder why the US has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the world!

    JMHO and my NY $0.02
    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN (ret)
    Somewhere in the PACNW
    Last edit by lindarn on Sep 24, '13
  5. Visit  Sassy5d profile page
    It's a half giggle/half face palm at the amount of girls that come in thinking we're dumb. They just can't be pregnant cuz they don't have sex.
    Ill never forget the female that came in, said she was a 'stud'. Lumbar xr ordered. There was her full term baby in her xr. Spent an hour trying to 'convince' her she was preg, and her gf, and her mother.
  6. Visit  turnforthenurseRN profile page
    A patient who "thought" she was pregnant and swore she could feel the baby move. And of course, N/V.

    Her LMP was a little over a month ago at that time. HCG urine and serum were negative. HCG quant was neglible.

    Someone came in in the wee hours of the morning for constipation.
  7. Visit  theatredork profile page
    I groan every time I see a patient in one of my rooms with "multiple complaints".
    turnforthenurseRN, Novo, psu_213, and 3 others like this.
  8. Visit  melissa8321 profile page
    patient took an ambulance to the ER for chapped lips.....GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!
    mama.RN, RNFiona, and jena786 like this.
  9. Visit  Sassy5d profile page
    Isn't there some sort of guideline where EMS can refuse transport? Chapped lips? But I guess in the same instance, everybody would have chest pains then lol
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  10. Visit  JBudd profile page
    Quote from Sassy5d
    Isn't there some sort of guideline where EMS can refuse transport? Chapped lips? But I guess in the same instance, everybody would have chest pains then lol
    Nope. You'd think so, but (ours anyway) is required to transport anyone who calls 911. Did a paper on it one time, there have been trials in the UK and in the US. In the UK, the time it took to call in and get permission not to transport was too great of a delay in come cases or they were arriving before the phone triage could be done. In the US, the study just asked afterwards which pts EMS would have refused, and they missed significant stuff in about 10% of the cases looked at. (I thought that number was too high, but that is what the conclusion was).

    I had a guy come in because his mother was in the hospital and he wanted to be near her; so wanted the ER to admit him too.
  11. Visit  jena786 profile page
    I could have given all kinds of resources to pts like this but the BIG thing is they just dont want to pay. Most people are aware thay we can not refuse care, so they come to the ER for silly things. EX: missed period for 3 mon. ... you ask them why they are coming in.. they say i need a pregnancy test..silly
  12. Visit  nursehaley91 profile page
    I don't work in the ER, but I have one of those silly things that I have came into the ER for. It was about 4 in the morning and I had went outside because my SO who was in Afghanistan called me so I went to talk. I was mid conversation and felt something by my ear. I smacked it and thought I killed it but a few minutes later I felt it in my ear and then heard it buzzing. I FREAKED out. So I went to the ER, after 2 nurses and a doctor looked into my ear and "could maybe see something moving." They flushed my ear out. A few seconds later, out comes a tiny little fly. Man, did I feel stupid. Haha
  13. Visit  Carrie_MTC profile page
    Yesterday had a pt. come in with a chief complaint of hiccups...which stopped 1 hour PTA, denies all other complaints. What are we supposed to do exactly???

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