What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for? - page 86

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   canoehead
    surprise!!!
  2. by   mmutk
    I had a 20 year old last week present at 4AM! for a cough. I was like why are you coming in at 4am for this cough you have had for 2 weeks. He was like I looked it up and think it could be a car-cu-nomia.
  3. by   sjc80
    I know all you emerg nurses probably think it's dumb, but I went to emerg today for a dislocated toe.

    I knew what was wrong with it, but I pulled and pulled and it just wouldn't go back into place. I called my family doctor and they said they wouldn't do anything with it because they couldn't know for sure if it wasn't broken. I felt like an idiot going to emerg (mostly because I've read this post and people have said it's a dumb reason to go in!).

    The doctor gave it one good tug and it was back in! I still feel like a dumba$$ :-(
  4. by   Cindy_A
    I don't think it's dumb. You can't leave it dislocated, and if you weren't able to pop it back in yourself, you needed to have it done, if there was no one else to do it for you.



    Quote from sjc80
    I know all you emerg nurses probably think it's dumb, but I went to emerg today for a dislocated toe.

    I knew what was wrong with it, but I pulled and pulled and it just wouldn't go back into place. I called my family doctor and they said they wouldn't do anything with it because they couldn't know for sure if it wasn't broken. I felt like an idiot going to emerg (mostly because I've read this post and people have said it's a dumb reason to go in!).

    The doctor gave it one good tug and it was back in! I still feel like a dumba$$ :-(
  5. by   Treat et Street
    I would treat you any day for your dislocated toe. Sounds like you did what you could before going to the ER. I wouldn't have put you in front of the line, but you wouldn't have been in the back, either. Please tell me your feet were somewhat clean... I cannot tolerate the smell of toe smegma...
  6. by   sjc80
    My feet we very clean and my toe nails were even clipped! lol

    Thanks Cindy A and Treat et Street, you've made me feel better!
  7. by   ERRNinMI
    I've worked as a Nurse Tech in the ER for 2 years now (I graduate in May with my BSN, yay!) and I have seen crazy and ridiculous stuff. Some to note are...

    A guy came in who cut off his penis, with scissors. Said "God told him to do it." Let's just say I've never looked at a penis the same. :chuckle

    Another guy came in with a Dove shampoo bottle in his butt, and when him and his girlfriend couldn't get it out, they decided to try a wire coat hanger. Apparently they didn't get the memo that there are toys made specifically for that area if that is what you are into!

    People come in for crazy stuff all the time. It gets exhausting after a while. It's actually sad how many people are so uneducated in how to give basic care to themselves.
  8. by   Ouch!
    Hehehehe....

    1) Most often UTI's
    2) Mother to 3yr old "You have stomach a ache!" tell the nurse. The child is saying "No I don't!" Mom "Yes you do" Kid "No not me!'' WTH??
    3) People that come in for "check up's" during the busiest time of the day (ofcourse there's nothing wrong with them, it's just in case!)
    4) Coming in on Friday asking for a sick note for the following week, when all you have is a headache
    5) Headaches... no not a migrane headache!:lol_hitti
  9. by   bjaeram
    I got a new job and need a work physical before I start tomorrow. It's a weekend and the doctors office/corp health is not open.
  10. by   Jennyw45013
    My favorite complaints:::
    1. Weird taste in mouth (yes, seriously)
    2. Vomiting X 1
    3. Abd pain X 10 minutes
    4. STD check ( I didn't even realize people came to the ER for STD checks until I worked there???!!?!?!?!)
    5. We have a guy who LITERALLY comes in every day with something new up his butt (ex- pens, Hannah Montana singing toothbrush, dildo's) or he just scratches his butt with glass) We even have a protocol for him--HE wears the gloves, gets kayexelate if it isn't that big, and a disposible pen.
    6. Suicidal, took 3 tylenol
    7. Needs doctor excuse to get refund on circus tickets (that was the other day. They had a 5 hour ED visit for that one too!)

    Oh I could go on.....
  11. by   Jennyw45013
    Oh, and one guy had some plastic thing in his penis right underneath the skin, I guess to make it more pleasureable for her. It was in the shape of a money sign. Well, new girlfriend didn't like it so he tried to cut it out himself ???? That was dumb!
  12. by   ERjodiRN
    i have 3 to share

    1) someone had already pulled off their hang nail 15min PTA....but since it was red in the area she was concerned about it being infected. hmm...if i pull something off.....15min later, chances are it's still gonna be RED. that's $100 worth of a warm water soak!

    2) a girl wrote on her triage complaint card "barefoot and pregnant" (an obvious psych case with that alone. on top of that, she was currently menstruating and was a virgin taking birth control pills. lovely.

    3) homeless guy wrote a NOVEL on his triage complaint card. the gist was that he had just been let out of jail, was playing his guitar in the park where he met a nice woman who took him home where they had dinner. the woman didn't tell him she had a boyfriend, who later came over and got really upset. he(the bf) then proceeded to shove a dildo up his (the pt's) ass. riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight. there's always SOME sort of story.
  13. by   ERjodiRN
    oh an had a guy who came in with this jar full of spit, that he would occasionally spit in to (he wanted the doctor to take a sample), because he thought that aliens were infiltrating his mind and body by these dust particles he was inhaling. oh, but his chief complaint was SOB.

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