What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for? - page 72

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   babynurselsa
    onlyanrn. Eons of time is spent TRYING to educate people that EMERGENCY rooms are for emergencys not bent fingernails, chigger bites, "I vomited once....3 days ago", I want a pregnancy test....etc
    These people DO NOT CARE. These are the same ones standing at the desk screaming "I thought this was supposed to be an emergency room!!!" " I have been here for 5 hours (actually 25 min)"
    This is a forum for nurse to share and vent. Often you will see posts by nurses sharing those few and far between special encounters we have. You will also see posts that allow us to blow some steam that accumulates caring for rude, verbally abusive and out and out obnoxious patients. We do not do it in front of our patients. We come here where there are those who have encountered the same thing who can laugh with us, cry with us, and commiserate with us.
    Every so often some person with a soap box or a high horse will pop in to chastise those who share. My advice would be that if a thread upsets you hit the back key and look for something that YOU would find uplifting or inspirational. For some THIS is it.
    Have a good day.
  2. by   tencat
    Quote from babynurselsa
    onlyanrn. Eons of time is spent TRYING to educate people that EMERGENCY rooms are for emergencys not bent fingernails, chigger bites, "I vomited once....3 days ago", I want a pregnancy test....etc
    These people DO NOT CARE. These are the same ones standing at the desk screaming "I thought this was supposed to be an emergency room!!!" " I have been here for 5 hours (actually 25 min)"
    This is a forum for nurse to share and vent. Often you will see posts by nurses sharing those few and far between special encounters we have. You will also see posts that allow us to blow some steam that accumulates caring for rude, verbally abusive and out and out obnoxious patients. We do not do it in front of our patients. We come here where there are those who have encountered the same thing who can laugh with us, cry with us, and commiserate with us.
    Every so often some person with a soap box or a high horse will pop in to chastise those who share. My advice would be that if a thread upsets you hit the back key and look for something that YOU would find uplifting or inspirational. For some THIS is it.
    Have a good day.
    :yeahthat:

    Last rites for a tampon got me giggling. Boy, either you have that sense of humor or you don't, I guess.
  3. by   texas_lvn
    Quote from babynurselsa
    onlyanrn. Eons of time is spent TRYING to educate people that EMERGENCY rooms are for emergencys not bent fingernails, chigger bites, "I vomited once....3 days ago", I want a pregnancy test....etc
    These people DO NOT CARE. These are the same ones standing at the desk screaming "I thought this was supposed to be an emergency room!!!" " I have been here for 5 hours (actually 25 min)"
    This is a forum for nurse to share and vent. Often you will see posts by nurses sharing those few and far between special encounters we have. You will also see posts that allow us to blow some steam that accumulates caring for rude, verbally abusive and out and out obnoxious patients. We do not do it in front of our patients. We come here where there are those who have encountered the same thing who can laugh with us, cry with us, and commiserate with us.
    Every so often some person with a soap box or a high horse will pop in to chastise those who share. My advice would be that if a thread upsets you hit the back key and look for something that YOU would find uplifting or inspirational. For some THIS is it.
    Have a good day.

    Well said! Kudos and all that babynurselsa
  4. by   Jamesdotter
    Quote from onlyanrn
    Why not educate people who visit the ER for nonemergent things? How would you feel if your mechanic made fun of you for bringing your SUV in for something silly? It is just as mean to laugh at patients who don't have your knowledege and education!
    You don't know what the mechanic says after he goes in the office and closes the door. That's what the nurses are doing--as it was said, this is a place to vent.
  5. by   ERnursing4me
    amen!!!! if this is offensive to some then they just do not need to read it. if we didn't vent we would wind up in the psych ward.....:smackingf

    these people we need to educate are the same ones that come in for the 4th pregnancy test after they have been told to go to the health department. they dont want to be educated.
  6. by   charebec65
    I think some of them do it because they ARE educated. I lived near a woman one time with something like 6 kids in 8 years.....all on welfare and the works. One of them had very minor sniffles one time and she said something to me about taking it to the ER. I asked her why should wouldn't just to go the pediatrician to which she replied that she would have to make an appointment and she didn't want to wait. I asked that that since it was only a little cold and doctors really couldn't do much anyway, why didn't she just go to the store and buy some otc cold medicine. The reply.... "Well, if I get a prescription, I can get it for free." I guess it was better to wait for hours on end in an ER to get that $1.25 bottle of generic robitussin.
  7. by   grace90
    Quote from charebec65
    I think some of them do it because they ARE educated. I lived near a woman one time with something like 6 kids in 8 years.....all on welfare and the works. One of them had very minor sniffles one time and she said something to me about taking it to the ER. I asked her why should wouldn't just to go the pediatrician to which she replied that she would have to make an appointment and she didn't want to wait. I asked that that since it was only a little cold and doctors really couldn't do much anyway, why didn't she just go to the store and buy some otc cold medicine. The reply.... "Well, if I get a prescription, I can get it for free." I guess it was better to wait for hours on end in an ER to get that $1.25 bottle of generic robitussin.
    Our tax dollars at work...
  8. by   traumagirll99
    I once had a 18 year old girl check in at 2330 on a Sat night with the c/o tumor on her neck. I triaged the girl and asked her how long the tumor had been there "3years" and she wanted it checked out. Mind you, my urgent care(fast track closes at midnight) the wait at this point for the main er was 3-4 hours. I should know by now that no good deed goes unpunished but I thought I would "Educate". I looked at the tumor and told her that it was simply a fatty cyst that would more than likely go away, and that is was normal to have. Well, she replied to me "I want a doctor's opinion you are just a nurse." Okay, have a seat and get comfortable. Well I must have really been having a off night because when my NP asked me what her problem was I told him and he offered to see her in the fast track before he left. So I call the little ray of sunshine back to fast track and tell her that the NP would see her so that she wouldn't have to wait 3-4 hours. It was not 5 minutes later that she was out at the nursing station with her cell phone in hand telling me that her "momma" wanted to talk to me about my attitude. So I get on the phone and precede to hear a 10 minute lecture from "momma" about how I had accused her baby of seeking drugs and that her baby wasn't going to wait 3 hours when there were only 2 cars in my parking lot and furthermore she was very familiar with er procedures and I didn't want her to come down there. well after I counted to ten I replied to "momma" that 1)the # of cars in my parking lot had nothing to do with the # of pts in my ER 2)her baby was 18 years old and I would not be discussing her care or problems over the phone and finally that if she was so familiar with er procedures she surely knew that pain was the 5th vital sign and every pt was asked about it. Well momma hung up on me. The NP had been standing there the whole time walked over to the pt looked at her neck and said, fatty tumor- go home.
  9. by   babynurselsa
    LOL just another day in paradise.
    I NEVER get on the cell phone to talk to anybody's relative in these situations. That is why.
  10. by   JessicRN
    I can't think how many times I would try to educate patients and was reported for being mean. The other day a woman came up sreaming her child needed to be seen there were 3 people ahead of her. I told her to fill out the paper work and have a seat I will be with her in a few minutes. She refused she said "this is an ER isn't it well my baby is sick and needs to be seen" She then proceeded to tell me her child has had a fever and a rash and his lips are swollen" I figured I should at least look at the kid so I go to the waiting room. She then tells me the child (he was 10) has a fever for 6 days and this is the 4th time he has been to the doctor and they don't do anything. I said the child looks ok (temp 98.6 no rash no swelling of lips) for now and if she waits until I triage the others, I will take her in she starts screaming what do you know you are only a nurse. The charge nurse hears the screaming and instead of telling the mother to have a seat or you will call security I was told to take the child in (we have a separate pedi area that had an empty bed) the kid went home on claritin in less then 15 minutes. I should have held my ground and told her to take a seat but the other patients were very sweet. All this taught her was if you scream loud enough you will get seen faster. The chest pain and vaginal bleeding got passed over for a child with allergies that was already diagnosed 3 other times with the same thing. :angryfire
  11. by   jojotoo
    Shame on your charge RN for not backing you!
  12. by   auto5man
    Someone has already mentioned it but its happened to me to on more than one occasion. Patients who use the ambulance service for a taxicab. They call 911 with a made up complaint and get transported to the ER, then leave AMA. The pickup location was of course miles away and they simply wanted a ride. The boldest bolt out of the back of the ambulance without even checking in.

    Most selfish and ridiculous....As the charge nurse I had been called to the triage area to explain to an irate young lady why a particular patient was going back before her (she had checked in first with her chief complaint of hang-nail); it was an older man with known brain cancer and a mental status change/neurological deficit who had checked in after her but gone back for treatment first. She was escalating and accepting none of my explanation of acuity. I got frustrated and said...."look, he's got brain cancer, okay?". She came back with..."well, he's already dead then and you should have seen me FIRST!". I was speechless....That was eleven years ago and I still havn't forgotten it.

    This poster hit the nail on the head...

    "These trivial complaints are generally not covered by any form of insurance and even medicaid is cracking down on non emergent visits. The patients are usually very angry when they receive a bill for $600.00 in the mail. More and more hospitals are becomming more and more aggressive at collecting on these bills also. The way to treat under educated consumers who utilize a resource for the wrong reasons is to hit them in the pocket book. Paying a huge bill will get them to think about visiting their primary care physician first or trying home treatments. People just dont want to think any more. They'd rather go crying to "Mommy" aka the "ER" than to try to take care of it themselves. We've created a very dependent society."

    I for one will be happy when the undereducated and unemployed/receiveing tax-dollar paid for insurance and benefits are penalized in a real way for the ER abuses. Like coming to the ER for tylenol and saying they can't afford it, but they have a pack of cigarettes in their pocket plainly visible. I've said it for years,,,,if the average citizen new what went on in the ER on a DAILY basis, i.e. saw how their tax dollars were being spent, there would be a popular revolt!

    Stupid people do = job security in the ER to a point, stupid people with private insurance that they work for to earn. Stupid people without insurance or with tax dollar paid for insurance, on the other hand, are bankrupting the healthcare system. Hospitals end up closing from losing money and this is happening all over the country.

    Regards,

    David
  13. by   godsend213
    [quote=kat911]17 yo came to ED with "blue legs". Had been worked up at another ED and they couldn't find out what was wrong. She felt so bad she had her dad bring her to us. I looked at her legs and swiped them with an alcohol wipe, the blue came off. She swore she hadn't worn any new jeans or pants. She still felt bad, poor baby, so we had a doc see her and street her.

    Man called 911 for stubbed toe at 0300. Poor medics climbed out of bed to bring him into us, he had to find his own way home. [/quote

    Hey NO LIE that actually happened to me...I bought brand new dark blue jeans and didnt wash them 1st. Only my fingers were blue not my legs. I was in about 8th grade when this happened. lol and i didnt care they were blue but when my parents saw it they FREAKED OUT!!! and insisted on taking me to the docs. The doc couldnt figure it out and sent me home...Later that night I took a shower and realized what it was...I never told my parents, but I sure felt dumb!!

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