What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for? - page 82

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   rph3664
    Quote from hollysunshine
    I recently had an 18 y.o. female come in via EMS. She had been seen several days before and given a script for Cipro for a UTI. She got it filled at the pharmacy and when she got home, realized the cap had a crack in it. She didn't think she should take it, so came back to the ED for a new script.
    She should have taken it back to the pharmacy. We would have replaced the cap, and maybe even the drug itself (nobody takes Cipro for fun) if there was any question about its safety.

    What are some people thinking?
  2. by   TerpGal02
    I went to the ER in March, felt pretty stupid once I left. I'd been experiencing a drug reaction to Trileptal. Had a macular rash that was raised pretty much over my entire body. Came down with in on a Sat and took diphenhydramine OTC and diphenhydramine cream with no improvement. Even started getting a little itchy in my mouth by Monday. By Tues I couldnt stand it anymore and went to my PCP. She dx'd actue drug reaction dermatitis and wrote me an rx for a prednisone taper. Well I took the first pred and SWORE to god that my mouth was becoming much itchier than it had been and it felt like my lips might be swelling. No problems breathing. I made DH take me to ER and was pretty much seen right away. They looked me over, basically said I was fine and to d/c the pred. I had already taken a diphenhydramine 2 hrs earlier so they gave me some Zantac too. I was in and out in an hour and a nice bill to show for it. I felt REALLY silly even going in there. It took another 2 weeks for the rash to subside comepletely.
  3. by   santhony44
    Quote from TerpGal02
    I went to the ER in March, felt pretty stupid once I left. I'd been experiencing a drug reaction to Trileptal. Had a macular rash that was raised pretty much over my entire body. Came down with in on a Sat and took diphenhydramine OTC and diphenhydramine cream with no improvement. Even started getting a little itchy in my mouth by Monday. By Tues I couldnt stand it anymore and went to my PCP. She dx'd actue drug reaction dermatitis and wrote me an rx for a prednisone taper. Well I took the first pred and SWORE to god that my mouth was becoming much itchier than it had been and it felt like my lips might be swelling. No problems breathing. I made DH take me to ER and was pretty much seen right away. They looked me over, basically said I was fine and to d/c the pred. I had already taken a diphenhydramine 2 hrs earlier so they gave me some Zantac too. I was in and out in an hour and a nice bill to show for it. I felt REALLY silly even going in there. It took another 2 weeks for the rash to subside comepletely.
    An allergic reaction that might be getting worse is worth being concerned about; stop beating yourself up for going to the ER. That's not anywhere near the same thing as taking in a baby for a mild diaper rash, believe me!! People die of allergic reactions so they really should be taken seriously.
  4. by   KaroSnowQueen
    Every January, we would get at least two, sometimes six or eight of these.
    Male, between 35 and 50. Previously heavy smoker. Out of shape.
    New Year's Resolution? To quit smoking and get in shape.
    So, out go the smokes, he goes to the store, buys jogging gear and takes off jogging full tilt when the high temperature for the DAY is only going to be 15 or 20.
    Comes into the ER, "My chest is hurting, I can't breathe, I can't quit coughing!!!!"
    I would just roll my eyes when I got report on these guys. Let's see, jogging a mile on the first day, in 15 degree weather, when your last cigarette was midnight, its now 6am, hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. What COULD be the cause of this????????? Do you suppose just maybe your lungs are quite perturbed at this sudden dose of "good health practices?" Do you think just MAYBE you should start out GRADUALLY and INDOORS til you get used to the activity level?????
  5. by   coffeelover73
    ....way back 5 years ago in the kingdom of saudi arabia...newly wed couple came inside the E.R., the husband is in late 50's & the wife is just 14 y.o. complaining of hyperventilation & severe pain at the vulva...that was their honeymoon night!!!:icon_roll OMG! the family of the girl is hysterical...
  6. by   BlueRidgeHomeRN
    Quote from coffeelover73
    ....way back 5 years ago in the kingdom of saudi arabia...newly wed couple came inside the e.r., the husband is in late 50's & the wife is just 14 y.o. complaining of hyperventilation & severe pain at the vulva...that was their honeymoon night!!!:icon_roll omg! the family of the girl is hysterical...
    the whole culture of child marriage in the middle east makes me ill. a fifty year old having sex with a 14 year old child is illegal in most civilized countries for a reason...:angryfire
    that poor little girl, and all the others like her..
  7. by   coffeelover73
    Quote from blueridgehomern
    the whole culture of child marriage in the middle east makes me ill. a fifty year old having sex with a 14 year old child is illegal in most civilized countries for a reason...:angryfire
    that poor little girl, and all the others like her..
    yeah this is ridiculous but it's true:angryfire...they've been brought up to this kind of culture...poor little girl
  8. by   grace90
    Quote from TerpGal02
    I went to the ER in March, felt pretty stupid once I left. I'd been experiencing a drug reaction to Trileptal. Had a macular rash that was raised pretty much over my entire body. Came down with in on a Sat and took diphenhydramine OTC and diphenhydramine cream with no improvement. Even started getting a little itchy in my mouth by Monday. By Tues I couldnt stand it anymore and went to my PCP. She dx'd actue drug reaction dermatitis and wrote me an rx for a prednisone taper. Well I took the first pred and SWORE to god that my mouth was becoming much itchier than it had been and it felt like my lips might be swelling. No problems breathing. I made DH take me to ER and was pretty much seen right away. They looked me over, basically said I was fine and to d/c the pred. I had already taken a diphenhydramine 2 hrs earlier so they gave me some Zantac too. I was in and out in an hour and a nice bill to show for it. I felt REALLY silly even going in there. It took another 2 weeks for the rash to subside comepletely.
    Hey, don't feel stupid, that sounds like the beginnings of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, which is nothing to play with, and neither is a drug reaction that causes facial swelling.
  9. by   Vito Andolini
    Quote from flightofpassion
    Imagine this... during a Level 3 ( level 3 is the most severe) snow storm/blizzard a patient with 3 small children drove to the ED at 3 am with a complaint of a rash on her buttocks that had been present for 3months. This patient c/o pain 10/10 and nausea with vomiting ( at no time was an emesis noted). This patient requested Dilaudid, Phenergan, (and stated that she usually gets 2mg of Dilaudid) and that Benadryl was also needed because she itches with Dilaudid. upon exam the patient was noted to have a small area from an ingrown hair. The doc gave her the dilaudid, phenergan and benadryl along with a prescription for percocet for, good measure I suppose. Finally, a week later my manager informed me that this nauseated patient was unhappy with her care because I didn't offer to feed her. I was asked to write a response.
    You should be ashamed of yourself. No steak. Tsk, tsk. I guess you should have fed the kids, too, and given them blankets, gowns, cab vouchers, etc. I get sooo very tired of poverty, drug abuse, and the effects these have on children and their families. My wife was watching Platinum Weddings. I think it is sinful to spend so much on a wedding but, on the other hand, I enjoyed looking at the beautiful dresses, flowers, and jewelry. It was nice to see beauty, not poverty and poor neighborhoods, poor people for a while. I feel for them but I think they sometimes add to their own problems. I guess we all do.
  10. by   LMPhilbric
    OK, I have a new one. I had a pt come to triage with 2 brownish, reddish streaks on the lateral aspect of her R foot. She said "My mom told me it's blood poisoning and I think's it because I had this infection on my toe [of her left foot] last year." I told her it was impossible to have blood poisoning on her R foot from an infection on her left foot, but anyway. I wanted to tell her to get a new pair of shoes, but I didn't. I triaged her as reason for visit "Blood poisoning" which, of course, is code for "Crazy". She waited 7 1/2 hours to be seen. When the PA finally saw her, he noticed the sparkly glitter on said brownish, reddish streaks. He took an alcohol swab and wiped the nail polish off her foot. We told him he should have given her discharge instructions to get a new pedicurist because the last one's aim sucked.
  11. by   NYCRN16
    Quote from LMPhilbric
    OK, I have a new one. I had a pt come to triage with 2 brownish, reddish streaks on the lateral aspect of her R foot. She said "My mom told me it's blood poisoning and I think's it because I had this infection on my toe [of her left foot] last year." I told her it was impossible to have blood poisoning on her R foot from an infection on her left foot, but anyway. I wanted to tell her to get a new pair of shoes, but I didn't. I triaged her as reason for visit "Blood poisoning" which, of course, is code for "Crazy". She waited 7 1/2 hours to be seen. When the PA finally saw her, he noticed the sparkly glitter on said brownish, reddish streaks. He took an alcohol swab and wiped the nail polish off her foot. We told him he should have given her discharge instructions to get a new pedicurist because the last one's aim sucked.

    :chuckle:chuckle:chuckle:chuckle
  12. by   Dragonnurse1
    Oh boy That is a good one and reminded me of this one.

    Medics call about 5AM with a single car crash, female "trapped in drivers seat with partial submersion" (lower legs). The medics reported that both her feet were blue. It is September in Alabama even the shallow parts of the river are fairly tepid.:uhoh21:

    Patient arrives and we have warm blankets, the baer hugger, and warm saline. As soon as she was transfered to the bed I pulled off her shoes and her navy blue knee high hose Guess what! Her feet were not blue anymoreShe was healed. The ER Doc gave the medics down the road about the "blue feet" and they weere very embaressed.

    What can I say..........proves just when you think you have seen it all...wham.:trout: something that you just cannot believe.:smackingf

    Later......
  13. by   BlueRidgeHomeRN
    Quote from dragonnurse1
    oh boy that is a good one and reminded me of this one.

    medics call about 5am with a single car crash, female "trapped in drivers seat with partial submersion" (lower legs). the medics reported that both her feet were blue. it is september in alabama even the shallow parts of the river are fairly tepid.:uhoh21:

    patient arrives and we have warm blankets, the baer hugger, and warm saline. as soon as she was transfered to the bed i pulled off her shoes and her navy blue knee high hose guess what! her feet were not blue anymore:dshe was healed. the er doc gave the medics down the road about the "blue feet" and they weere very embaressed.

    what can i say..........proves just when you think you have seen it all...wham.:trout: something that you just cannot believe.:smackingf

    later......
    rotflmao:chuckle:chuckle:chuckle:chuckle:chuckle

    guess you should be glad the kneee-highs weren't red or you would have had the burn unit on stand-by!!

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