What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for? - page 85

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 orangeblossom941
    Some of these stories are definitely hysterical (hang nails, gum in hair, things that don't belong in orifices, etc.) but I have to say one time I was treated like I had come to the ER for a ridiculous reason. I fell on an uneven spot on the sidewalk and put my hand out to catch myself (anyone's normal reaction.) I thought I was okay and was going to go on to work but then I tried to make a fist with my hand and I literally COULD NOT do it. Some of my fingers also wouldn't spread apart. So, the people at the store I had fallen in front of called an ambulance. When I got to the ER, my blood pressure was 140/97 and mine usually runs 90/60. I was in extreme pain and the triage nurse gave me a hard time about using an ambulance when someone who was having a heart attack could have used it. It turned out to be just a contusion on the back of my hand but it was in the place where a bunch of nerves gather. My hand ended up swelling up to twice its normal size and it hurt to even pick up a glass of water with that hand for about a month and a half. I'm just a nursing student but I will do my best to never make a patient feel like that nurse made me feel.
    Don't feel bad. What if you had fallen because you had a stroke? Those can happen in people of any age.
  2. by   rph3664
    Quote from ZyGoMeDiC RN
    I did not have time to read all the post but most were impressive. I do have one that should at least break the top 10.

    A lady comes in and tells the traige nurse she cannot get her baby to eats peas. She keeps spitting them out.

    The triage nurse tells the lady, "Maybe she does not like peas."

    The woman replies, "Thats is not it!" and says she will wait to see the doctor.

    After 6 hrs in the er waiting room (being a true medical emergency and all) she spends 2 minutes with the ER doc and he tells her, "You daughter does not like peas.."

    The woman thamks the doc for helping her and leaves....

    I guess it is all in the delivery of the news, not the news itself.
    Wouldn't you love to have that much free time?

  3. by   Treat et Street
    60 y/o gentleman comes in with CC of L arm blue and numb. I took the tourniquet off that the phlebotomist at the health fair left on. He LWBS.
  4. by   Cindy_A
    Quote from Treat et Street
    60 y/o gentleman comes in with CC of L arm blue and numb. I took the tourniquet off that the phlebotomist at the health fair left on. He LWBS.


    What is LWBS?
  5. by   AndyLyn
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  6. by   mwboswell
    Quote from orangeblossom941
    Some of these stories are definitely hysterical (hang nails, gum in hair, things that don't belong in orifices, etc.) but I have to say one time I was treated like I had come to the ER for a ridiculous reason. I fell on an uneven spot on the sidewalk and put my hand out to catch myself (anyone's normal reaction.) I thought I was okay and was going to go on to work but then I tried to make a fist with my hand and I literally COULD NOT do it. Some of my fingers also wouldn't spread apart. So, the people at the store I had fallen in front of called an ambulance. When I got to the ER, my blood pressure was 140/97 and mine usually runs 90/60. I was in extreme pain and the triage nurse gave me a hard time about using an ambulance when someone who was having a heart attack could have used it. It turned out to be just a contusion on the back of my hand but it was in the place where a bunch of nerves gather. My hand ended up swelling up to twice its normal size and it hurt to even pick up a glass of water with that hand for about a month and a half. I'm just a nursing student but I will do my best to never make a patient feel like that nurse made me feel.

    Why did you take an ambulance?
    Why not take yourself? Or call a friend?
    Obviously it was not life or death right?

    I don't know, I wasn't there - but I am most interested in the ambulance thing...
    -MB
  7. by   morte
    Quote from mwboswell
    Why did you take an ambulance?
    Why not take yourself? Or call a friend?
    Obviously it was not life or death right?
    it would appear, on close reading, that it was called for by someone else....and not at her direction
    I don't know, I wasn't there - but I am most interested in the ambulance thing...
    -MB
    it would appear, on close reading, that it was called for by someone else......not the op
  8. by   mwboswell
    Quote from morte
    it would appear, on close reading, that it was called for by someone else......not the op
    I know that.
    I didn't ask how/why the ambulance came...
    I asked why she took it.

    (Just b/c an ambulance is called and arrives, does not mandate that you have to ride with them)
  9. by   morte
    Quote from mwboswell
    I know that.
    I didn't ask how/why the ambulance came...
    I asked why she took it.
    since it was already there, what would have been the point? we are talking about someone in more than a little pain...with an unknown degree of injury.......not everyone in this world has someone they can call at the drop of a hat to come and take them to the doc/ed.....
    this comes from someone who has been on that side walk with an ankle injury.....unknown degree, a WHOLE lot of pain (and i do well with pain)....when the store persons asked if they should call, i said yes.....i couldnt have driven, and there are no taxis, and i wasnt walking the mile either.....
    on the other hand i have driven myself to the ED, in this case 25 miles....with a lac. on my dominate hand driving a stick shift.....again, no one else was going to be doing it for me......

    (Just b/c an ambulance is called and arrives, does not mandate that you have to ride with them)
    since it was already there, what would have been the point? we are talking about someone in more than a little pain...with an unknown degree of injury.......not everyone in this world has someone they can call at the drop of a hat to come and take them to the doc/ed.....
    this comes from someone who has been on that side walk with an ankle injury.....unknown degree, a WHOLE lot of pain (and i do well with pain)....when the store persons asked if they should call, i said yes.....i couldnt have driven, and there are no taxis, and i wasnt walking the mile either.....
    on the other hand i have driven myself to the ED, in this case 25 miles....with a lac. on my dominate hand driving a stick shift.....again, no one else was going to be doing it for me......
  10. by   orangeblossom941
    I thought there was a good possibility that my wrist was broken. At the time, I didn't have a vehicle and I wasn't exactly going to take a possibly broken wrist on a bus. As far as friends go, I did call one later to pick me up but I was honestly in a little too much pain to think of it at the time and I have a high pain tolerance level. I once went to the doctor and was diagnosed with a kidney infection but by the time I got home, I was in so much pain I was throwing up (I called the doctor's office and they prescribed a narcotic pain medication.) I was still (even after the narcotic) sick enough the entire weekend that I was delirious (at one point I was watching a Broncos/Raiders game because I'm a major Broncos fan and my husband was sitting on the couch with me rubbing my legs and trying to make me feel better only I wasn't sure if John Elway was on the couch with me and my husband was playing football or if it was the other way around....I've never been that sick before or since) and didn't want to even look at food. Monday, I went back to the doctor and it turned out I had a centimeter kidney stone. The doctor said "I didn't think you were in enough pain for me to even look for a kidney stone."
    Last edit by orangeblossom941 on Mar 5, '09
  11. by   Purple_Scrubs
    I get annoyed when kids come into the school nurse clinic for things like hangnails and single mosquito bites. But to take those kinds of complaints to the ED, that is a special kind of stupid.
  12. by   RochesterRN-BSN
    In my hospital our ER has a separate Psych ER which is where I work........Well I could tell you a lot of the bizarre crap we see but we have a lady who comes in quite regularly actully and we have to see her.......she comes to med ED (all our patients are triaged through med ER) and demands to "see psych!!!" whe will never tell them more then that. Then every time she comes up and tell the RN doing the primary eval that she is not happy with her treatment provider!!!
    The last time she came in I saw her. I go in and she had been to see us just two days before...I looked at her D/C from that visit and they had given her a name and number for a new provider. So I am like...okay so what can I do for you today, what is your emergency??? (lol) she tells me she tried to call this number and left a message a few hours ago and they have not called back!!!!
    I could not believe this!! hello I have people waiting who are ready to kill themselves, are totally psychotic, real patients.....this misuse of the ERs drives me nuts!!! And hello...this is an emergency????
    Though-- I was watching TV last eve and it was either the news or something and they had on a lady who called 911 because she was at McDonalds and they didn't have the meal she wanted or something--she called 3 times mad as they were not there yet----OMG Stupid people!!!! LOLOL
  13. by   JBudd
    She called because they didn't have the food she had ordered (ran out of nuggets) but wouldn't refund her money. She was calling about the "theft". She got charged for misuse of the 911 system.

    Now if we could just charge (either monetarily or legally!) for misuse of the ER...

    Had a call on a busy night, teen with constipation for 4 days. Oops! instead of going to the CT, said "I think I just had a baby". Coworker looked under the sheet, and there he was! Kid had a low initial apgar, but pinked up well.

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