What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for? - page 9

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. Visit  NYCRN16 profile page
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    A few weeks ago, we had a young guy walk into triage at 0300 stating that he just left another nearby hospital because he was waiting 4 hours, and that he was "severely injured" and needed to be seen right away. This guy proceedes to tell the triage nurse that he was walking down the street after leaving a restaraunt with his girlfriend and "some guy" just walked up to him and punched him in the face. He says "I fell down so, according to my girlfriend who is a med student, I must have a subdural hematoma". (Guy denies even hitting his head, but says "I must have a brain bleed if I got punched and lost my balance"!) This guy had absolutely NOTHING on his face or his head, nor had any scratches on him at all. Not even a hair out of place. This guy just kept rambling on and on about "the bleed in his brain" ect, when the triage nurse went to our "No BS" attending and told him to quickly see this guy so we dont have to fully triage and treat him. This guy then starts to tell the attending the story, when the attending cuts him off and asks his only question he needs to know: "why did you get punched out?". The guy becomes insulted and then starts to yell, when the attending then says "now I see why you got punched out". Takes a quick look at the back of the guys head, sees that there is nothing there and tells him to get the hell out of his ER.

    When I heard all of this happen, I swear, I almost peed my pants!!!
    Thought, corky1272RN, Rachel85, and 7 others like this.
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  3. Visit  trma mama profile page
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    Broken nail. 20 year old, broke her nail on a desk at college. Called the ambulance, and they had someone transport her private vehicle to the ED.

    Swear to god.
  4. Visit  mercyteapot profile page
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    Quote from trma mama
    Broken nail. 20 year old, broke her nail on a desk at college. Called the ambulance, and they had someone transport her private vehicle to the ED.

    Swear to god.
    But were you able to save the nail?

    Seriously, though, don't ambulance drivers have the authority to refuse to transport people who obviously don't need it?
  5. Visit  RNin92 profile page
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    Quote from trma mama
    Broken nail. 20 year old, broke her nail on a desk at college. Called the ambulance, and they had someone transport her private vehicle to the ED.

    Swear to god.
    I may have posted this before...so sorry if I did!

    20-ish female...
    Transported to ED by rescue...
    CC...



    Cut herself shaving.


    Swear.
    No One could make this stuff up.


    Primary assessment?
    Couldn't even find the scratch.
  6. Visit  herminasgirl profile page
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    The setting three am Sunday morning. A middle aged female presents to the ED.
    Chief Complaint Headache.
    How long have you had this headache I asked. "all my Life " was the reply. What made it different tonight,what made you decide to come in to the ED<I asked
    (at 300 on Sunday I wonderedto my self) the answer....................
    With a sigh, "I just got tired of it" . I kept a straight face throughout.
    I just loved that one and it remains one of my favorite ED stories.
  7. Visit  BernieRN profile page
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    Quote from Traumamama59
    Tampon "lost" for two days. One of the few times I almost blew chow from the smell. :chuckle

    Pam
    That is SO FUNNY! :chuckle :chuckle
    carolmaccas66 likes this.
  8. Visit  BernieRN profile page
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    Quote from SWFlorida
    The police had raided a crack house. In the refrigerator they found what they thought was a human fetus. They brought it to the ER. It was an oyster.

    LOL!!!! Did they get charged an ER call for that?
    carolmaccas66 likes this.
  9. Visit  Katnip profile page
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    Unfortunately EMS and triage folk aren't allowed to make a medical decision, even when the problem is obviously not medical, like bubblegum in the hair, broken nails, etc. There SHOULD be a way to tell people to see a hairdresser or manicurist, or to go home and take some Tylenol and leave us alone.
    carolmaccas66 likes this.
  10. Visit  teeituptom profile page
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    Quote from RNin92
    I may have posted this before...so sorry if I did!

    20-ish female...
    Transported to ED by rescue...
    CC...



    Cut herself shaving.


    Swear.
    No One could make this stuff up.


    Primary assessment?
    Couldn't even find the scratch.
    what was being shaved

    dirty ole men like to know
    carolmaccas66 and nitenite like this.
  11. Visit  teeituptom profile page
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    Quote from DianaJH
    LOL!!!! Did they get charged an ER call for that?

    why would they bring that to the ER, if anything thats a jog for the ME
    carolmaccas66 likes this.
  12. Visit  JUSTYSMOM profile page
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    Quote from teeituptom
    what was being shaved

    dirty ole men like to know
    :roll

    Hey, how about the sick minded as well? Inquiring minds want to know!
    Rachel85 and carolmaccas66 like this.
  13. Visit  trma mama profile page
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    Quote from mercyteapot
    But were you able to save the nail?

    Seriously, though, don't ambulance drivers have the authority to refuse to transport people who obviously don't need it?
    I am afraid that the nail was DOA. This patient came in private vehicle, not by ambulance......Ambulance drivers are not allowed to refuse care or refuse transport as they are not able to diagnose injury or illness. They can strongly suggest another means of transport, but run into sticky waters when they start refusing...
    carolmaccas66 likes this.
  14. Visit  CEN35 profile page
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    18 yo female by squad for a leg cramp..........


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