What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for? - page 28

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   er_hollyrn
    One of our many frequent fliers came in one day (via EMS of course), hopped off the stretcher, and said, "I'm okay. I just needed a ride to the hospital for my doctor's appointment."
  2. by   er_hollyrn
    Quote from stevierae
    I'm tellin' ya, I worked ER as a corpsman 30 years ago, and it's like deja vu all over again hearing these stories--people using the ER as a convenience clinic, that is, because to call during the daytime and get an appointment in the appropriate clinic would disrupt their day.

    But, hearing how you have to feed people nowadays--nope, I would never, ever do that. Ever. I don't care if they are homeless and hungry--there are other resources available. Especially when they manage to be able to afford cigarettes to go out in the ambulance bay area and smoke while hollering for their meal and snack trays and sodas. Hell with 'em, I'd say.

    I feel like I am a burnt-out ER nurse just from READING these posts! I don't know how you folks put up with the nonsense! I'd go postal!
    The first words out of half of patients with abdominal pain have to be, "Can I have something to eat?" And of course the hospital is all about patient satisfaction, so now we have a variety of meal trays delivered 3 times a day. Some of these patients even have the nerve to call dietary and order a special tray if they don't like what we have. We moved into a new ER about 2 years ago. All the rooms have TVs and phones. It's hard as hell to get some of these people to leave.
  3. by   er_hollyrn
    Quote from KarafromPhilly
    This is a bit off-topic, but what about family members who come and hang out with Mom or whoever is being tx'd, then ask the dr. for a work excuse for themselves ? Duh.
    I'm so glad you said that. That drives me absolutely crazy. Forunately, our computer discharge system will only allow notes for the patient.
  4. by   prmenrs
    I used to date a herpetologist--putting a snake in the freezer is the way you humanely euthanize a snake, according to him. (can't check w/him now, he's deceased) The snake thinks it's winter, starts to hibernate, eventually dies. When he would set up an exhibit for a museum, he'd take the snake out of the freezer, vacuum-dry it (like freeze-dried coffee?); then he could put in a life-like position.

    Anyway---WAY off-topic. I do enjoy these anecdotes, even tho I'm sure you all are ready to tear your hair out @ times.
  5. by   palesarah
    Quote from prmenrs
    I used to date a herpetologist--putting a snake in the freezer is the way you humanely euthanize a snake, according to him. (can't check w/him now, he's deceased) The snake thinks it's winter, starts to hibernate, eventually dies. When he would set up an exhibit for a museum, he'd take the snake out of the freezer, vacuum-dry it (like freeze-dried coffee?); then he could put in a life-like position.

    Anyway---WAY off-topic. I do enjoy these anecdotes, even tho I'm sure you all are ready to tear your hair out @ times.
    straying even further off topic but I had to chime in- while many herpetologists still think it's a humane way to euthanize, there has been some research in recent years suggesting that it's actually quite painful. Apparently the freezing process causes crystals to form in the brain before the animal dies, while it is still capable of feeling sensation. Ouch.
    (Hubby & I used to have several reptiles- long story short, they got sick & had to be euthanized- we chose to have the vet do it in a more humane manner).

    (Sorry to go OT even more, just didn't want anyone thinking the nicest known way to kill a snake was still to stick it in the freezer...)
  6. by   patj2810
    Quote from 2ndCareerRN
    Normally I would not have anything to add to one of these threads, but, just the other night a 20 something female came in because she cut a fingernail to short and it hurt.
    She waited over 2 hours to be told to go home, there was nothing we would do for her.

    bob
    Only 2 hrs in some of the er's I've worked at that would have been a 12-18 hr wait....
  7. by   vikvik1978
    Well that is a nice and amazing question!!!
    I recall an incident that happened with me...it was not rediculous but shocking...
    A "women" presenting to ER because she want to take out 3 preservatives stuck in her vagina since 4 days prior to her presentation.

    Ha! & you talk about nails??? :angryfire
  8. by   LPN1974
    Quote from vikvik1978
    Well that is a nice and amazing question!!!
    I recall an incident that happened with me...it was not rediculous but shocking...
    A "women" presenting to ER because she want to take out 3 preservatives stuck in her vagina since 4 days prior to her presentation.

    Ha! & you talk about nails??? :angryfire

    What was she trying to preserve?
  9. by   vikvik1978
    Quote from LPN1974
    What was she trying to preserve?
    Well in our country preservatives=condoms.....
  10. by   mysticalwaters1
    My one health teacher told me of people using perservatives thinking it could be used as birth control jeeze!

    I know when I was an infant my mom couldn't get a peice of hair that some how wrapped around my big toe. It actually turneed blue and she could not get it off so she took me to the ER and they got the hair out!

    Also my dad a copeder i'm discovering is a HUGE freaking out can't breath person!!! Can't blame him but he was allways hyper and now that he's having resp problems he's NUTS! Ok not over the top but anyway every now and then but more frequent he'll get bronchitis or i think it's more an exacberation of copd that he needs antibitics. Anyway he was sent home with zithromax and took the one pill that day and at home our power went out. We only have electical administered O2 because he only needs it occasionally not that much at all although he probably should wear it at night anyway. He was CRAZED because he had levaquin before and that worked faster. No matter what i told him that all these are pills and takes some time to work he was a nervous wreck and was insistant he needed levaquin. Then his lips were blue and no o2 from no power so he ended up in the ER. I work on med surg at the hospital and yeah I was concern he was blue but there probably wasn't much to do but he wouldn't listen. So the ER doctor came and me dad is freakin out i need levaquin this isn't working so they gave him levaquin and then a prescription with sm and sent him home. I was a little embaressed but you know they admit people with less severe symptoms so i don't know. I know one time his doctor for the same condition wanted him admitted and he did not want too. Probably didn't want to face up he's really sick. Yes he still smokes. I'm telling you all he has tried so many times. His pulmonoligist even tells me at work he's never met a pt so guity about it and trying so hard but won't kick it.

    Anyway these stories are interesting! Although agravating at least it makes you smile! I had a psych pt faking seizures on med surg and it just drove me bonkers because the md didn't know WHAT to do with her every test was neg then sugesst to go to psych and she freaks "I"m NOT crazy!" Oh boy but I have to smile! She was screaming at me then the next day writing notes to me and apolagizing for the way she acted! It was so fustrating but I find myself smiling right now and just shaking my head!

    I allways love to hear about funky ways people got cellulitis although i mean not that crazy but like if some one's cat bit them, dog bite, and once a poor guy vacationing in like the bahahmas and stepped on a conch chell and got a NASTY infection had come home early ew!

  11. by   LPN1974
    Quote from vikvik1978
    Well in our country preservatives=condoms.....

    ROFLMAO..............
    That sure isn't what we call em here.......we have another word {besides condoms, that is} but I won't mention it.
    I never would have connected "preservatives" with "condoms", tho.
  12. by   vikvik1978
    The word preservative is a french word (from preserver).In our country we speak 3 languages: french, english & arabic.....Ya lebaneese people did you hear about these days????
  13. by   kmrmom42
    Quote from vikvik1978
    The word preservative is a french word (from preserver).In our country we speak 3 languages: french, english & arabic.....Ya lebaneese people did you hear about these days????
    You learn something new every day!!!

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