What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for? - page 91

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   klyders
    gets better and better.......

    --dentures in the rectum.......surgery, temp colostomy
    --GULDENS spicy brown mustard jar up the, you guessed it,.....another surgery consult
    --a harmonica, assorted bottles, jars, and i just now remembered TIC TACS!!!

    I COULD GO ON AND ON..............
  2. by   DebanamRN
    Quote from Kangaroowho
    We often joke that our ED should be renamed 'The department of tea and sandwiches'. Our folks have such co-morbidities that they are assured of getting a bed and treatment when they are hungry and feel the need for a bed.
    We go thru turkey sandwiches like they were free...oh wait, they are free! Also lots of cheap ginger ale. We actually had a mom and two kids, one kid was the pt, clean out the fridge in our area. We refused to restock it and got stuff for other pts from other areas. Otherwise, they would have cleaned it out again. They were pretty well fed to begin with.
  3. by   PostOpPrincess
    Quote from JUSTYSMOM
    Now why in the world would you even think that it would be silly to go to the ER for that? I had a kidney stone years ago. It was probably the worst pain I ever felt in my life!
    Kidney stones COULD become an emergency. I've seen many end up in kidney failure. Very, very much an emergency.
  4. by   ThrowEdNurse
    "Hey, doctor. I am here because I missed work today and need a work excuse." This pt didn't even bother dreaming up an imaginary illness. Someone obviously is on medicare.
  5. by   k_r_ah
    Quote from ThrowEdNurse
    "Hey, doctor. I am here because I missed work today and need a work excuse." This pt didn't even bother dreaming up an imaginary illness. Someone obviously is on medicare.
    sorry maybe i missed something, why would they obviously be on medicare?
  6. by   rph3664
    Quote from k_r_ah
    sorry maybe i missed something, why would they obviously be on medicare?
    I think they meant Medicaid.

    Because someone who would do that obviously isn't paying for it.

  7. by   k_r_ah
    Quote from rph3664
    I think they meant Medicaid.

    Because someone who would do that obviously isn't paying for it.

    so only people who are on medicaid take days off from work and get BS drs notes?
  8. by   Jamesdotter
    Quote from k_r_ah
    so only people who are on medicaid take days off from work and get BS drs notes?
    No, only when they go to the ER for the note. They won't be paying for the visit--medicaid (ie, taxpayers) will be paying for it.
  9. by   seemerun
    About two years ago, I brought my son to the ER. He had a rather sudden onset of abdominal pain. Bad enough to make him cry. He was 7 at the time so he was old enough not cry at every little thing. He wasn't super specific but when I asked the right questions he indicated that he had abdominal pain, nausea and a low grade fever. So I'm thinking appendicitis. I take him in and they do blood work which shows his WBC's are slightly elevated. So the doctor decides to do an abdominal ultrasound. The u/s is inconclusive - shows some inflammation but nothing obvious. So we are getting ready to do a CT scan when the nurse convinces the doc to do a strep test just to be sure.

    Sure enough - it is strep. I can't believe how silly I felt. Here I am, an RN, and I brought my son to the ER for strep throat! To add insult to injury our insurance plan was a high deductible plan so when all was said and done we paid over 1K to find out he had strep! At least we paid right? As stupid as I felt, I keep in mind that it was NOT a typical presentation of strep, and he had the doctor fooled too.
  10. by   Dragonnurse1
    Do not feel bad! I was ER nurse and my son - also 7 or 8 - had extreme abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. He cried when anyone touched his belly so off to the ER we went (it was the Er where I worked). the Doc thought appendicitis and sent us to a surgeon. After another round of tests and before sending us to be admitted the surgeon ordered a strep test. Guess what he had strep. I felt like an idiot!!! Turns out that for some, abdominal pain is an indicator of a significant case of strep.

    I thought we were the only ones that did this. Glad to know there are at least two.
  11. by   lilinursestudent
    i agree :chuckle
    Quote from knockandhello
    Sitting here feeling a bit depressed and this just cheered me up lol
  12. by   rph3664
    Quote from Northwest_Jenn
    About two years ago, I brought my son to the ER. He had a rather sudden onset of abdominal pain. Bad enough to make him cry. He was 7 at the time so he was old enough not cry at every little thing. He wasn't super specific but when I asked the right questions he indicated that he had abdominal pain, nausea and a low grade fever. So I'm thinking appendicitis. I take him in and they do blood work which shows his WBC's are slightly elevated. So the doctor decides to do an abdominal ultrasound. The u/s is inconclusive - shows some inflammation but nothing obvious. So we are getting ready to do a CT scan when the nurse convinces the doc to do a strep test just to be sure.

    Sure enough - it is strep. I can't believe how silly I felt. Here I am, an RN, and I brought my son to the ER for strep throat! To add insult to injury our insurance plan was a high deductible plan so when all was said and done we paid over 1K to find out he had strep! At least we paid right? As stupid as I felt, I keep in mind that it was NOT a typical presentation of strep, and he had the doctor fooled too.
    I once read a blurb in a medical journal about a person who actually made it to the operating room; the surgeon removed a normal appendix, and guess what the person really had? Rocky Mountain spotted fever. The abdominal pain was the first symptom, and the rash showed up later and I doubt if anyone would use tetracycline or chloramphenicol for OR prophylaxis.

    What if your son had turned out to have both appendicitis AND strep?

    There's a reason why it's called medical PRACTICE.
  13. by   cursedandblessed
    and to think i waited for two days with n&v, severe cramping, and then drove myself to the hospital when my appendix ruptured. i could have gotten a ride in an ambulance. but it was just my appendix and nothing important like an acrylic nail, diaper rash, or um, something in an inappropriate place.

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