What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for? - page 25

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   Anna57
    oh! I forgot the best part, when I went back in to discharge her, she had put her sweatshirt on..... I swear to goodness it said "DIRTY SOUTH" on it!!! I thought I was going to die trying not to laugh. Needless to say the doc got a big laugh out of that one along with everyone else working that day. :chuckle
  2. by   teeituptom
    I liked the 22 yo m who came in after Overdosing on cocaine and also took 20 tabs of Viagra

    Hes was stiff as a board
  3. by   germain
    Quote from canoehead
    Brilliant! I wonder if the government would be willing to make up some "how to masturbate" pamphlets to avoid spending $$ on extra ER visits. I betcha it would qualify as a disablility if enough people complained...

    Perhaps community health nurses could hold some teaching classes. But they would have to be trained by their administrators-oh the mind boggles..

    OhOHYEAH- I finally found my specialty- Where can I get certified as a Sex Education Nurse Practitioner? :hatparty:
  4. by   teeituptom
    Quote from germain
    OhOHYEAH- I finally found my specialty- Where can I get certified as a Sex Education Nurse Practitioner? :hatparty:

    I will stay out of this and leave this alone

    Yes Im chicken

    Yes I keep my balls in the short grass
  5. by   nickola
    Someone ought to get "some guy" off the streets!! In one ER I worked it was "some dude" -always punching/hitting/stabbing people for NO REASON!! (he really gets around apparently!!)

    Quote from imagin916
    A few weeks ago, we had a young guy walk into triage at 0300 stating that he just left another nearby hospital because he was waiting 4 hours, and that he was "severely injured" and needed to be seen right away. This guy proceedes to tell the triage nurse that he was walking down the street after leaving a restaraunt with his girlfriend and "some guy" just walked up to him and punched him in the face. He says "I fell down so, according to my girlfriend who is a med student, I must have a subdural hematoma". (Guy denies even hitting his head, but says "I must have a brain bleed if I got punched and lost my balance"!) This guy had absolutely NOTHING on his face or his head, nor had any scratches on him at all. Not even a hair out of place. This guy just kept rambling on and on about "the bleed in his brain" ect, when the triage nurse went to our "No BS" attending and told him to quickly see this guy so we dont have to fully triage and treat him. This guy then starts to tell the attending the story, when the attending cuts him off and asks his only question he needs to know: "why did you get punched out?". The guy becomes insulted and then starts to yell, when the attending then says "now I see why you got punched out". Takes a quick look at the back of the guys head, sees that there is nothing there and tells him to get the hell out of his ER.

    When I heard all of this happen, I swear, I almost peed my pants!!!
  6. by   nursetim
    Quote from 911fltrn
    Arrived via ambulance, Mild Headache 3 hour duration, hadnt tried any otc drugs. Bet he had a real headache when he got the er and ambulance bill :chuckle

    Same scenario only headache pain 4/10. After fiddle farting around and treating only the pain, come to find out homey had a sub-dural bleed, transfered PDQ after that. You just never know for sure.
  7. by   HisAlone
    Loss of feeling in LLE s/t salami strapped to inner thigh and pants too tight to get off.

    Tx: cut pants off and unstrapped salami.
  8. by   Reborn
    Quote from HisAlone
    Loss of feeling in LLE s/t salami strapped to inner thigh and pants too tight to get off.

    Tx: cut pants off and unstrapped salami.
    NNUUHHH-UUHHHH!!!!!!!!!
  9. by   Gerilynn
    My own personal story..

    Last night took my son to the local "after hours doc in the box" with a temp of 105.4 rectal "he is 2". Temp has been going on for a couple days but couldn't get it down last night.
    Well at the minor emergency clinic we look him over for 2 hours can't find anything wrong with him. No UTI, red throat, cough, runny nose just really high fever. So Dr. tells me to have him to the local ER "just in case". I take him in and the nurse is rolling her eyes at me and seems bothered that I even was in the ER. I told her everything that the other Doc had done and said and she said "I guess he didn't think of a viral infection" and rolled her eyes again. So after 5 1/2 hours half a bag of fluids "he wouldn't eat or drink", blood culture, CBC, chest X-ray, the Dx is Pneumonia. Shot of Rocephin and a Rx for more antibiotics and we were on our way.
    So in your opinion was this a ridiculous thing to bring him in for? I didn't get a chance to talk to the first nurse again to see if her attitude changed any.
    I am still going my pre-nursing classes, so I don't know if pneumonia is a serious enough thing for ER. :imbar

    Thanks you all!! :imbar
  10. by   LPN1974
    Quote from Gerilynn
    My own personal story..

    Last night took my son to the local "after hours doc in the box" with a temp of 105.4 rectal "he is 2". Temp has been going on for a couple days but couldn't get it down last night.
    Well at the minor emergency clinic we look him over for 2 hours can't find anything wrong with him. No UTI, red throat, cough, runny nose just really high fever. So Dr. tells me to have him to the local ER "just in case". I take him in and the nurse is rolling her eyes at me and seems bothered that I even was in the ER. I told her everything that the other Doc had done and said and she said "I guess he didn't think of a viral infection" and rolled her eyes again. So after 5 1/2 hours half a bag of fluids "he wouldn't eat or drink", blood culture, CBC, chest X-ray, the Dx is Pneumonia. Shot of Rocephin and a Rx for more antibiotics and we were on our way.
    So in your opinion was this a ridiculous thing to bring him in for? I didn't get a chance to talk to the first nurse again to see if her attitude changed any.
    I am still going my pre-nursing classes, so I don't know if pneumonia is a serious enough thing for ER. :imbar

    Thanks you all!! :imbar

    No, Maam, it was NOT a ridiculous thing to take your baby in for a temp over 105.
    And that ridiculous nurse with the eye rolling problem needs to be taken down about 3 notches. I would report her in a New York minute.
    How rude, for her to be rolling her eyes at you.

    That is a pet peeve of mine...people who their eyes. ESPECIALLY nurses who do it like in your situation or nurses who do it at other nurses.
    It is very childish and immature in my not so humble opinion.
    :angryfire

    {Calming down now.}
    Last edit by LPN1974 on Apr 3, '05
  11. by   CharlieRN
    Gerilynn

    If you want to scare yourself to death look up the signs and synptoms of spinal meningitis. A pediatric emergency medicine specialist I spoke to some years ago sited the incidence as 1:100 of cases of "fever of undetermined origen" in preschool age children. He may have been overstating the case. I never verified his claim, but he was an MD speaking in his area of specialty.

    I saw one of these first hand. The parents noted that their one to two year old was fussy and had a low grade temp. That evening as they put him to bed he had a few spots. When they checked him early in the morning he had purple blotches and a high temp. By 5:30am the child was in our ER. We transfered the child directly to pediatric intensive care. He was dead before noon.

    No you did not over react.
  12. by   ChristinaNcRN
    the most ridiculous thing was a married man from the age of 42 that walked into the Er and said he had a stomache after starting the normal questions he started to get a bit nervous and asked the MD if he could talk in privat with him so we left the room a few minutes later our MD came out of the examination room and had a smile on his face what was not normal the only thing he said was get this man an Xray from the abdomen. As the Pat. was getting his Xray made ,the MD told us the story:
    The Man was a non outed Homosexual he was playing aroud with his friend and tuck a cut of baseball bat from the lenght of my underarm an placed it in his .....
    from there they were unable to remove it. They have tried everything I mean really evering including to insert a hook into the bat to get it pull out
    He was so embarrassed the poor guy but he had to bring him into the OR under Anesthesia we tryed to pull it out no chance then we tryed a suction delivery but this wouldent work the poor Guy had to get Labratomie
    The team from the OR made picture of it it was 12 inches long
  13. by   PedsERRN
    We have to medically clear any juvenille arrested in DC if they have any kind of complaint before they can go to lock-up. MPD recently implemented this policy, and we've seen some really ill patients. My two favorites:
    1. My wrists hurt. Me-Can you show me where they hurt? Him-where the handcuffs are. Me-Officer, can you loosen those a notch? (Officer loosens cuffs) Him-That's much better.
    2. Me-Why are you here? Him-Back pain. Me-Can you rate your pain on a 1-10 scale? Him-It doesn't hurt now. Me-When did it hurt? Him-When the cop had his knee in my back. Me-Let me get this straight. Your back hurt when the officer had you pinned to the ground with his knee, but stopped as soon as he removed the knee? Him-Yeah.
    I also like it when you ask the officer what is wrong with the patient and get the response "nothing." Then why did you bring him here?
    I know they are only following their policies, but it is so annoying, especially when the ED is full. It's not like we can bring the handcuffed patients out into a pediatric waiting room!

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