What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for? - page 149

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   duskyjewel
    Quote from PAjama_Mama
    Wow - 10 years and this post still thrives!
    That's gotta be a record.....admin?
  2. by   KnitWitch
    I just love when I see 'PAIN OTHER' as the CC, because it's either going to be really good ("I have a ben-wa ball in my vagina and it's pinching but I can't get it out," "I think I broke my penis," etc.) or a complete waste of my time ("I just don't feel right," "It hurts a lot when I bend my fingers all the way back.").
  3. by   ChristineN
    Quote from KnitWitch
    I just love when I see 'PAIN OTHER' as the CC, because it's either going to be really good ("I have a ben-wa ball in my vagina and it's pinching but I can't get it out," "I think I broke my penis," etc.) or a complete waste of my time ("I just don't feel right," "It hurts a lot when I bend my fingers all the way back.").
    I love the cc of "sick" and then it is like pulling teeth to get them to elaborate.
  4. by   Cohiba
    Quote from ChristineN
    I love the cc of "sick" and then it is like pulling teeth to get them to elaborate.

    It's hard to get a good history on those pt's since that phrase is usually triage-speak for "there's something in the pt's rectum that came in through the "out" door...
  5. by   ChristineN
    Quote from Cohiba
    It's hard to get a good history on those pt's since that phrase is usually triage-speak for "there's something in the pt's rectum that came in through the "out" door...
    Or in my ER, "I am homeless and just need a place to sleep"
  6. by   Christy1019
    Quote from KnitWitch
    I just love when I see 'PAIN OTHER' as the CC, because it's either going to be really good ("I have a ben-wa ball in my vagina and it's pinching but I can't get it out," "I think I broke my penis," etc.) or a complete waste of my time ("I just don't feel right," "It hurts a lot when I bend my fingers all the way back.").
    In my ER registration usually goes one of two ways: they put CC "Other" when the pt has a mile long list of symptoms, or some of them type what the pt says word for word as the complaint I.e. "feels like peeing razor blades and head is about to explode". Makes me want to scream lol
  7. by   psu_213
    Quote from ChristineN
    I love the cc of "sick" and then it is like pulling teeth to get them to elaborate.
    Patients will write something lengthy for their CC on the sign in form. Our registration clerks will now list their CC on the computerized board as "multiple complaints" or "generalized issues." Drives me nuts.
  8. by   TrevyRN
    Quote from ICUman
    Triaged as "DOES NOT WANT TO GO TO JAIL"
    We got a kick out of that.
    Apparently, arrestee's make up bogus excuses all the time to try to get out of jail-time.
    LoL ... awesome.
  9. by   TrevyRN
    Quote from psu_213
    Patients will write something lengthy for their CC on the sign in form. Our registration clerks will now list their CC on the computerized board as "multiple complaints" or "generalized issues." Drives me nuts.
    I think they should just shorten it to "Issues" :-)
  10. by   TrevyRN
    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.
    Kidney stone patients are legit. I would never get mad at a patient for showing up in horrible pain with blood in their urine and uncontrolled nausea and vomiting. If they didn't follow up then I would be disappointed. But geez... kidney stones suck! And N and V suck and severe pee pee pain really sucks!

    Hope it doesn't happen again to you !
  11. by   Emergent
    We got a recent pt who came in by ambulance. She was an older woman, lived with her adult son, apparently quite the control freak. He didn't come home at night, he was likely on a hot date. Mom was mad, so to teach him a lesson, she called the ambulance so that she wouldn't be there when he finally arrived home.
  12. by   megan_9043
    Just recently we had a patient come into our ED with complaints of toe pain.... the toe had been hurting for 2 years!!
  13. by   valzRN
    Oh my goodness!!! I just thought that working in corrections in a mental health dorm was bad! I don't work the ER but I didn't see a comment regarding anyone shoving anything up in their penis hole... we have inmates do that so they can come to the hospital and have pretty nurses give them good drugs. They get mad when they don't get anything but an outpatient surgery and expedited back to the prison infirmary when "Big Buck, RN" gives you some Ibuprofen for your discomfort.

    I really enjoy reading this thread though.. I felt the need to say something beings I have read over 100 pages of rip roaring laughs! Your poor ER nurses... much respect to you. (BTW, when I do go to the ER, I am the patient one that understands that you have so many idiots to deal with, I ask for nothing, and leave you to do your job and I thank you on the way out and smile at you. Because I know that's a rarity in the ER.)
    Last edit by valzRN on Aug 26, '14 : Reason: grammer natzi

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