What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for? - page 89

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   red18
    transported a lady to the ER the other night, she was d/c from that hospital that morning for suspected TIA that wasn't. that night, her daughter noticed she was suffering memory loss, and demanded that she be taken. lady was 81 ambulatory, aaox4.
  2. by   Pixie.RN
    I had a patient that came in because she had something green on her great toe ... our PA wiped whatever it was off with an alcohol prep. Some dye rubbed off onto her toe from her shoe, I guess. OMG, emergency! I was like, "Uhhhh ... be sure to wash your feet." Great patient teaching there. Go me. LOL.

    Seriously.
  3. by   rebecca51
    A prominant judge came into the ER with a lava lamp up his anal orrifice with the cord hanging out. Oh, another of my favorites are the men who come in with a potato up their rectum saying "I was naked in the kitchen, peeling potatoes and dropping them on the floor....I tripped".
  4. by   whykiki0103
    A guy got stuck by a fish bone while removing a dead fish from the tank. couldn't even tell where this "puncture wound" was. Sent him home with a bandaid and tetnus shot. haha
  5. by   emergencyrn06
    We had a frequent flyer that came a bare minimum of 2x/day per EMS with multiple complaints, usually the same complaints (indigestion, sore throat, non-specific abd. pain) each time. She always got a GI cocktail (Maalox, viscous lidocaine, and Donagel). We finally got to the point that when we heard the call coming over the radio we would just pull the meds and mix them up so she could get treated right after we triaged her and it wouldn't tie up a bed. Now, take note we did ALWAYS thoroughly triage and if needed she got a room. That lady has had so many x-rays now she probably glows in the dark!!! Gotta love job security! :chuckle
  6. by   lpnstudentin2010
    Quote from emergencyrn06
    We had a frequent flyer that came a bare minimum of 2x/day per EMS with multiple complaints, usually the same complaints (indigestion, sore throat, non-specific abd. pain) each time. She always got a GI cocktail (Maalox, viscous lidocaine, and Donagel). We finally got to the point that when we heard the call coming over the radio we would just pull the meds and mix them up so she could get treated right after we triaged her and it wouldn't tie up a bed. Now, take note we did ALWAYS thoroughly triage and if needed she got a room. That lady has had so many x-rays now she probably glows in the dark!!! Gotta love job security! :chuckle

    It is people like this that make me feel better. I have been to the ER 2 times in the past 2 years and I thought that was to much. one was for vomiting blood and our school nurse freaked out. the other was an asthma attack for that one doc told me to and I had to disuade the ER doc from admitting me to the hospital so i dont feel bad about this one. But I thought I was ending up there to often then I see stories like this one, or the one of the 9 poeple having multiple thousands of visits between them in 5 years. So I guess in the sceme of things 2 in 2 years is not all that bad
  7. by   colta
    On the note of giving a great, though underrated hospital a huge kudos..............

    I was going to work, driving with my fiance. I had been feeling fine, no problems whatsoever... ladeeda. Out of no where I'm hit with this really intense pain in my abdomen and vaginal area. I don't think too much of it and don't say anything, cause it was still manageable. Taking a deep breath, I try to ease around it, hoping that it'll go away quickly... it didn't. The pain doubled and it was absolutely excruciating... probably the worst pain I've ever felt. We stop the car and I call my mom, worried because I had no idea what was going on and terrified. She tells me to get to the hospital. So fiance drives like a madman (which didn't make things better but oh well), we get to the inner city hospital (closest one). Of course this is early in the morning, they aren't open for another 20 minutes. I sit in the waiting room, high fever, cold sweats and starting to loose coherance. The system they have at that ER is a number system, you take a number and the triage nurse will call you in based on your number. There were about 10 people already there who had already taken a number. The guy with number 4, who had a large roll of gauze wrapped around a bleeding hand gave me his ticket, even though a few people before him, one a woman with a 6-7 year old running around terrorizing people, was there because of her sons runny nose.
    Anywho, somebody had gotten me a wheelchair, and I got into triage right away. The nurse took one look at me, got my stats quick and asked me a few questions and then wheeled me right into the ER.

    Went through a bunch of tests, and it turned out to be an ovarian cyst that had ruptured. The hospital staff was great and the guy with the bleeding hand was a saint .
  8. by   emergencyrn06
    2 times in 2 years is NOTHING! It's good to know there are still some people that don't use the ER primary care. Of course, frequent flyers (especially those who lack any insurance) show how horrific the economic strain is on our society. And you know, the real kicker is I have seen a physician check the demographics for insurance before deciding on how to treat a patient. And I'm not talking about before prescribing a medication that they may or may not be able to afford. I was appalled! Ridiculously unethical, immoral, and illegal.
  9. by   lpnstudentin2010
    Quote from emergencyrn06
    2 times in 2 years is NOTHING! It's good to know there are still some people that don't use the ER primary care. Of course, frequent flyers (especially those who lack any insurance) show how horrific the economic strain is on our society. And you know, the real kicker is I have seen a physician check the demographics for insurance before deciding on how to treat a patient. And I'm not talking about before prescribing a medication that they may or may not be able to afford. I was appalled! Ridiculously unethical, immoral, and illegal.

    thanks.
    Last edit by lpnstudentin2010 on Apr 21, '09
  10. by   PrettyPillz
    A family of "frequent flyers" consisting of a daughter, mother , father and cousin, all over 300 lbs+ with various suitcases asking to be checked in for not feeling well and needing to "get away for a while". All had stable v/s, no unusual labs, no c/o pain. And were actually admitted to the floor! When the report was called to the floor, I was to recieve the 34 yr. old daughter as my patient. I was confused. I asked the ER nurse " What the hell is the diagnosis?" He says "Morbid Obesity with a touch of Medicaid" I couldn't stop laughing. Unbelievable. The doc actually admitted these nuts!!
  11. by   rph3664
    Quote from PrettyPillz
    A family of "frequent flyers" consisting of a daughter, mother , father and cousin, all over 300 lbs+ with various suitcases asking to be checked in for not feeling well and needing to "get away for a while". All had stable v/s, no unusual labs, no c/o pain. And were actually admitted to the floor! When the report was called to the floor, I was to recieve the 34 yr. old daughter as my patient. I was confused. I asked the ER nurse " What the hell is the diagnosis?" He says "Morbid Obesity with a touch of Medicaid" I couldn't stop laughing. Unbelievable. The doc actually admitted these nuts!!
    Where were they admitted to, psych or the bariatric unit?

    Earlier in this thread, I have mentioned a relative who, after her divorce, would take her kids to the doctor almost every day, and the ER if she had some free time, just to soak him because he had to pay the kids' medical bills. During that marriage, at least once a year she would find some way to get herself admitted to the hospital, usually for surgery. I asked our mutual relative if her first husband was a pervert and she did this so she would have a legitimate excuse to fend him off (she is the type who would share information like that) and he replied that no, they were just the type who do things like buy a widescreen TV before paying the light bill, which I already knew.
  12. by   squeakykitty
    Quote from rph3664
    Where were they admitted to, psych or the bariatric unit?

    Earlier in this thread, I have mentioned a relative who, after her divorce, would take her kids to the doctor almost every day, and the ER if she had some free time, just to soak him because he had to pay the kids' medical bills. During that marriage, at least once a year she would find some way to get herself admitted to the hospital, usually for surgery. I asked our mutual relative if her first husband was a pervert and she did this so she would have a legitimate excuse to fend him off (she is the type who would share information like that) and he replied that no, they were just the type who do things like buy a widescreen TV before paying the light bill, which I already knew.
    I remember this. She sounds like she put revenge above her kids needs.
  13. by   mrvlegov
    Someone came to the ER The other day because her shoes were old and the style had no backs. She said her shoes were causing her ankle to turn out frequently. (She had already been there the week before to have x-rays etc. and there was nothing wrong with her ankle) so she was returning to the ER because she couldn't afford to buy different shoes and thought maybe we had a brace or boot or something she could put in her shoe.
    However, when the billing department confronted her on the bogus addresses she would provide each visit she got angry and stormed out! boo hoo we were really sad!

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