What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for? - page 56

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   LoriAlabamaRN
    Quote from Pedi-ER-RN
    We had a lady(approx 45 yrs old) come in with this complaint: " I have a bump down there".... we figured she had an abcess or cyst. NOPE.. the NP examined her and couldn't find the "bump" so asked the lady to show her where it was, we it was the "bump" she was born with!!! Everyone got a good laugh off of that one. The NP said She doesn't know what she's been missing all these years!!! We all said she would be back the next week for an irritated bump!!! It's bad when people don't even know their own bodies
    :roll HILARIOUS!!!
  2. by   epiphany
    Quote from schoona
    The best one I've had recently was a guy (approx 35 yrs) who when asked what the problem was informed me that "he had been looking in the mirror and noticed the black part of his eye getting large then small, more so when he moved his face backwards and forwards and now he had a headache".
    At which point I had to excuse myself, so I could walk away and not laugh in his face!!
    Now THAT's funny.
  3. by   andhow5
    Quote from ChayaN
    Shoes and earrings? Huh?
    Yes - I stood there for a moment with my mouth hanging open. So somehow I managed to respond with, "Sorry, fresh out..."

    She got mad, stomped out the door, and left.
  4. by   nursejennie76
    Had a NH patient yeterday come by paramedic ambulance. The nurse said he had some green drainage from his nose and the end of his nose was red, she was very concerned about a infection going to his brain!!!! Diagnosis??? COLD!!! She seemed very annoyed that he was returning to the NH only after being gone for 30 min.
  5. by   googlyeyes
    Where do I start.
    I broke my glasses
    I slipped in the shower and my 3 y.o grabbed the shower rod and the end is stuck in my rectum. ( yeah that's how it happened, that's the ticket)
    I was scratching my "roids" with a cresent wrench and slipped on the bathroom rug.. ("I now have a colostomy )
    I'm having guppies. ( and a psych consult)
    I have a sunburn ( not even that bad)
    There are so many to mention, I'm just to tired to sit here for hours.
  6. by   JBudd
    As far as EMS refusing transport, all the studies I've seen have too high of rates of missing a critical diagnosis. The consensus is that EMS are very well trained to deal with acute and urgent situations, but not trained enough in differential diagnosis (and the subtleties involved). (The UNM study).

    England had a large study done on nurses and EMS (at different times) doing a telephone triage to see if dispatching an ambulance was really needed, but it took as long to the history as it would for the rig to get there most of the time. And again, too many undertriages.

    Seems like a hangnail complaint would be a no brainer though! [BANANA]its a crazy world out there![/BANANA]
  7. by   reanda
    I am an ob nurse so I had a patient come to the ob triage with a complaint of her water broke. Her husband was with her and he asked me if the swelling in her ankles could be because her water was leaking and was running down into her ankles !!!!!!!
  8. by   missionnurse
    At 3:30am the other night, I triaged a beautiful, smiling, chunky baby girl. Parents complaint? The baby got upset about something. She cried really really hard--until her face got bright red, and her eyelids even got red. So they rushed her right to the ER!
  9. by   smkiya
    Quote from reanda
    I am an ob nurse so I had a patient come to the ob triage with a complaint of her water broke. Her husband was with her and he asked me if the swelling in her ankles could be because her water was leaking and was running down into her ankles !!!!!!!
    HUH???? I can't even laugh at that one.... in fact, I'm speechless.
  10. by   LPN1974
    Quote from reanda
    I am an ob nurse so I had a patient come to the ob triage with a complaint of her water broke. Her husband was with her and he asked me if the swelling in her ankles could be because her water was leaking and was running down into her ankles !!!!!!!

    I swear......sometimes people just amaze me at how dumb they are.
    I mean, I know I say dumb things sometimes, that make me wanna go :smackingf , but there are people in this world that just do not have a clue.
  11. by   prmenrs
    Quote from reanda
    I am an ob nurse so I had a patient come to the ob triage with a complaint of her water broke. Her husband was with her and he asked me if the swelling in her ankles could be because her water was leaking and was running down into her ankles !!!!!!!

    I've had some not so dumb people ask me questions like this; as I'm trying to figure out how to educate them, I'll just be standing there.... Finally, I just come up with, "Umm, no".

    There's no way you can capsulate all the health education they shoulda got in school into 25 words or less.
  12. by   Fran_Nurse
    In A&E (UK) 2am, a young lad comes in with foreign body in the anus, he had put his mobile phone on vibrate, when we eventually pulled it out there was only one missed call,:Melody:
  13. by   CrunchRN
    Fran,

    That "only one missed call" really made me laugh!

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