What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for? - page 156

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   psu_213
    Quote from Pixie.RN
    Or a picture of it? Lol
    "I took a picture of it on my phone. Wanna see it?" But I'm sure the doctor does.
  2. by   psu_213
    Quote from allison91
    "I think I have spider bites on my vagina."
    Sorry, herpes.
    I'm not sure which would be more concerning.
  3. by   klone
    Don't work ED, but I scrub patients' charts to get psych and medical backgrounds when they enter OB care with us. I'm continually shocked/not shocked at how many young women call an ambulance to go to the ED for yeast infections and pregnancy confirmation.
  4. by   srahamim
    A lady came in with a splinter in her butt. A very generous butt to be sure. And had 5 family members with her.

    It it surprises me how many people think ER is primary care then complain about the wait for their clearly non-urgent issue.
    Last edit by srahamim on Aug 15, '15 : Reason: Typo
  5. by   heyyounurseypoo
    Quote from ixchel
    I had a retired ED nurse as a patient the other day. She was feeling chatty as the moderate sedation was wearing off and morphine was kicking in. She shared a few stories with me, but the one that stood out the most? She had a young lady come in with a pants zipper stuck to her lips. I asked if the boy was still attached. She said no.
    Wait, which lips?
  6. by   LadyFree28
    Quote from heyyounurseypoo
    Wait, which lips?
    Now I wonder as well...they both are around a cervical area...
  7. by   Rose_Queen
    Quote from heyyounurseypoo
    Wait, which lips?
    Quote from LadyFree28
    Now I wonder as well...they both are around a cervical area...
    Man, you guys are gonna have me getting complaints from my neighbors about the out loud laughter in the middle of the night!
  8. by   ReadyToListen
    I've only worked in the ER a very short time but I still think this one is funny. City behavioral health facility sends pt to ER for hypertension, refusing to eat, refusing meds, potential self harm, etc. After EMS gives radio report and we wait for pt to show (ER was basically empty at the time), nurses, Drs, NPs, everybody, gathers round talking about how stupid it is that a behavioral health facility is sending us a pt for possible self harm. Pt arrives, somewhat combative, is physically forced by EMTs and security off ambulance stretcher onto our bed. Basking in all this attention, pt requires a convincing committee of at least five staff+Dr to get vitals (never does end up w gown). After vitals reviewed and declared fine, Dr asks me (clerk) to just order the guy a lunch tray so he'll get outta our hair. While tray is coming, pt requests urinal. Fine, except when lunch is brought, pt becomes aggressive again and expresses desire to throw used urinal on nurse and Dr. while Dr stands there 5 mins or so trying to coax him to eat. Dr leaves lunch tray until pt starts yelling about how cruel we are and don't want to help him get well, etc. When Dr. comes back to room to tell pt that he's doing just dandy health-wise, pt now does not want to leave. Private EMS called for transport back to psych facility, dx asymptomatic hypertension, pt refuses to get on stretcher and strikes at EMTs and cusses out security. Pt restrained and local police called by me. Officer at least 6' 7", military haircut, black uniform, shades, the whole deal.....comes through ambulance doors and asks 5 relatively short females where the problem is and why our security is not taking care of it. Security tells officer that pt is discharged and won't leave our facility; pt frightened into silence just by officer walking past room door. Officer goes into room and asks pt to move over to stretcher; pt refuses and whines and cries. Officer nods, handcuffs pt, pulls him onto stretcher, restrains him appropriately, un-cuffs him, leaves. Pt starts pitiful wailing like a four year old w/o teddy bear and is wheeled out ambulance doors again. (5 said females probably each separately checked out officer's veins........)
  9. by   LilgirlRN
    Green poop
  10. by   TheGooch
    Quote from jessRN465
    A mosquito bite
    You laugh but some of us blow up like a balloon and the area turns all black and blue.

    I've never had problems with skeeter bites until this past summer(we had a rainy spring).
    I got bit by a mosquito and went to Target to ask the pharmacist what I could put on to stop the crazy itching because the hydrocortisone cream wasn't working. It was on my calf and by then it had swollen up, turned black,red and blue and was hard like a golf ball. She said it wasn't a skeeter bite but probably a spider bite and since it looked so nasty I should go to the ER so I went to Urgent Care instead. The doc said it probably was a skeeter bite and that he had seen some pretty nasty ones this year. He said it most likely wasn't infected but prescribed an antibiotic and said if it didn't get better in a couple of days to start it. Well it did get better but all the bites this summer that I have gotten on my calf have swelled up and turn colors.
    Last edit by TheGooch on Sep 27, '15
  11. by   Nurse Leigh
    Quote from TheGooch
    You laugh but some of us blow up like a balloon and the area turns all black and blue.

    I've never had problems with skeeter bites until this past summer(we had a rainy spring).
    I got bit by a mosquito and went to Target to ask the pharmacist what I could put on to stop the crazy itching because the hydrocortisone cream wasn't working. It was on my calf and by then it had swollen up, turned black,red and blue and was hard like a golf ball. She said it wasn't a skeeter bite but probably a spider bit and since it looked so nasty I should go to the ER so I went to Urgent Care instead. The doc said it probably was a skeeter bite and that he had seen some pretty nasty ones this year. He said it most likely wasn't infected but prescribed an antibiotic and said if it didn't get better in a couple of days to start it. Well it did get better but all the bites this summer that I have gotten on my calf have swelled up and turn colors.
    *sigh*

    I remember thinking the last couple winters that were so doggone COLD would at least kill off many of those nasty blood suckers, then I learned that wasn't the case. In fact I think they said the weathee could have made it worse!

    And all the rain this summer....

    That sounds like a nasty response to a creepy critter. Sorry you have to deal with that. :thumbdown:
  12. by   TheGooch
    Quote from Nurse Leigh
    *sigh*

    I remember thinking the last couple winters that were so doggone COLD would at least kill off many of those nasty blood suckers, then I learned that wasn't the case. In fact I think they said the weathee could have made it worse!

    And all the rain this summer....

    That sounds like a nasty response to a creepy critter. Sorry you have to deal with that. :thumbdown:
    Thanks, I actually felt stupid going to Urgent Care but not so much when I left. A person can be allergic to their bites from what I've read.
  13. by   ER(notso)n00b
    13 year old female BIBA for vaginal spotting x 1 hour. Diagnosis - onset of menses.

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