What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for? - page 34

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   teeituptom
    Too much information for me
  2. by   leopold
    Quote from Ethel
    In my time in the OR I have seen a condom been removed from the bladder. Also had to remove an olive oil bottle from the rectum and a Coke litre bottle from the vagina (pt was told it was an effective method of contraception???????)



    I think having a liter bottle of coke stuffed up your vagina is a pretty effective birth control method!
  3. by   prmenrs
    Back in college, it was rumored that if you douched w/coke, it would kill those nasty sperm. You were supposed to shake the coke up, then....

    Sure wouldn't want to rely on this, but in an emergency, well panic might make you do some pretty silly things.
  4. by   psl2009
    Quote from JUSTYSMOM
    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
    Mom came in with toe pain and she brought her 5 children with her. Oh by the way it was in the eye of hurricaine Frances last year.
  5. by   Happy-ER-RN
    Yippie! After 3 days as an ER "nurse" I finally have something to add to this forum! :chuckle
    So the most ridiculous thing I have seen in all my 3 days of nursing: a 20 yo male with complaints of feeling dizzy after smoking a cigarrette--dizziness no longer present.
  6. by   dogsrbarking
    Quote from JUSTYSMOM
    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
    Hey this is my first time on line so bare with me. I have worked as an RN for 15 years in many ER's. My understanding is that all patients are entitled to a medical screening exam regardless of their complaint or ability to pay. However I believe it is the University of Denver Med Center that is actually the only hospital in the country to actually ask for a partial payment for NON-Emergent problems. I believe they ask for a deposit of $200.00. Which apparently is reducing alot of non-emergent visits. This is not to say they can't be seen if they have no $$ Funny how things change when you actually have to pay for them. Anyways, I am not aware of the particulars but it might be worth looking into. Seems to work for Denver.
    Last edit by dogsrbarking on Jun 22, '05
  7. by   z's playa
    Quote from dogsrbarking
    Hey this is my first time on line so bare with me. I have worked as an RN for 15 years in many ER's. My understanding is that all patients are entitled to a medical screening exam regardless of their complaint. However I believe it is the University of Denver Med Center that is actually the only hospital in the country to actually ask for payment for NON-Emergent problems. Which apparently is reducing alot of non-emergent visits. Funny how things change when you actually have to pay for them. Anyways, I am not aware of the particulars but it might be worth looking into. Seems to work for Denver.

    What's considered non-emergent?

    Z
  8. by   dogsrbarking
    Great question as usual each ER has their own policy. You might start with life/limb....ie., it can wait without harming the patient.
    Quote from z's playa
    What's considered non-emergent?

    Z
  9. by   elizabells
    Quote from dogsrbarking
    Great question as usual each ER has their own policy. You might start with life/limb....ie., it can wait without harming the patient.
    My insurance company defines it as immediate threat to life or limb - basically, if you're not gonna die by the time your PCP can fit you in, don't go.

    eta: that doesn't really help folks who use the ER as their PCP, I guess. Sorry, brain=fried from clinicals.
  10. by   tags_LPN
    I think the funniest patient in the ER was a 400 lbs woman, who was in her mid-40's, came to the ER for abdominal pain that would come and go. She continued to complain, and when questioned about her menstral cycle she thought that we were crazy to ask. She had gone through "the change of life a few months back." She kept complaining about having to use the bathroom ( to have a bowel mov't). To make a long story short: she delivered a 8.5 lbs baby boy.

    The funny thing about this is we kept saying, "How did she not know she was pregnant?" Well, not long after that I found out I was 19 1/2 weeks pregnant, and I never realized it. I will never make fun or criticize a patient for not knowing something ever again!

    Almost 4 1/2 months later I delivered a healthy 8.1 lbs baby girl.

    Thought that this story would make someone smile.
    Tags,LPN
  11. by   dogsrbarking
    Quote from tags_LPN
    I think the funniest patient in the ER was a 400 lbs woman, who was in her mid-40's, came to the ER for abdominal pain that would come and go. She continued to complain, and when questioned about her menstral cycle she thought that we were crazy to ask. She had gone through "the change of life a few months back." She kept complaining about having to use the bathroom ( to have a bowel mov't). To make a long story short: she delivered a 8.5 lbs baby boy.

    The funny thing about this is we kept saying, "How did she not know she was pregnant?" Well, not long after that I found out I was 19 1/2 weeks pregnant, and I never realized it. I will never make fun or criticize a patient for not knowing something ever again!

    Almost 4 1/2 months later I delivered a healthy 8.1 lbs baby girl.

    Thought that this story would make someone
    Tags,LPN
    Tags,LPN
    What a great story/lesson. It reminds me of the evening a woman came into the ER c/o of severe intermittent abd. pain. She arrived with her husband who had JUST completed a year stay at the penatentary. She swore up and down that she had regular menstral cycles and had just completed one. Yup, she delivered a full term infant right there in the ER with her very unhappy husband standing by....hope he is not back in the pen. Gotta laugh when you can. Enjoy! Dogsrbarking.
  12. by   dogsrbarking
    Quote from hogan4736
    HIPAA??? Even if you tell us he drank Drano and ended up on Levophed and Dopamine w/ a pressure of only 80 and was transferred to toxicology, HIPAA couldn't touch you...Just don't use names

    (me shouting loudly) "Hey HIPAA, I treated a guy in 1996 w/ the above story"
    (anyone w/in the sound of my voice) "cool story, thanks"



    Had a young idiot come in to triage at 0100 for a paternity test, as he was due in court IN SIX HOURS!!!

    I told him to leave...
    Hah! My guy was going to be deported...he wanted a docs note stating he had to stay for medical care....did I mention we all paid for his visit? dogsrbarking
  13. by   matt033174
    I had one guy who told me in triage he had a bee sting on his arm and he had an allergie to them. When asked how long ago ut had happen thinking at the most a hour, he told me 3 days earlier. Needles to say you couldn't find the sting on his arm


    I also had our local PD bring a DUI in one night not for an ETOH level but because she had eaten the cherry scented toliet cleaner brick in the PD bathroom. That was nice. But at least for a drunk she had pleasent breath.

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