What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for? - page 92

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   Pixie.RN
    Quote from 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.
    Don't feel bad about it! It happens quite a bit with kids, though. We always test kids with a fever/bellyache/vomiting for strep, even if their throat isn't sore. Many times I've seen kiddos with positive streps with that presentation.
  2. by   canoehead
    Are their throats inflamed on exam? Or do you screen on every abd pain?
  3. by   Pixie.RN
    Quote from canoehead
    Are their throats inflamed on exam? Or do you screen on every abd pain?
    No, not every abdominal pain, but when they have abd pain AND a fever, then often we look for strep as the source of the fever. Their throats are usually red, but they're not really complaining of a sore throat.
  4. by   EMT27
    Pt. presents to sign in for the Emergency Deparment.
    Pt. offers complaint
    "I think my hand is broken" How did this happen? "I punched a wall" Hmmm!

    Pt. presents to the Emergency Deparment
    Pt. offers complaint
    "I've had a broken tooth for 3 years"
    Would like to reply, it's 0300 in the morning, why is this a problem now?

    25 YO W/F presents to the emergency department via BLS
    Pt. offers complaint
    "My boyfriend and I were messing around, now my Cell Phone is inside me!"
    Dr. states "What's the number, we'll call and see if it's still on" I couldn't believe my ears, the rest of the staff couldn't stop laughing for days!!!!
  5. by   2BSure
    Quote from EMT27
    Pt. presents to sign in for the Emergency Deparment.

    25 YO W/F presents to the emergency department via BLS
    Pt. offers complaint
    "My boyfriend and I were messing around, now my Cell Phone is inside me!"
    Dr. states "What's the number, we'll call and see if it's still on" I couldn't believe my ears, the rest of the staff couldn't stop laughing for days!!!!
    As a student I used to think this stuff was urban legend! How innocent was I?
  6. by   RetiredTooSoon
    When I was a student (early 90s) we took a 10 year old to the OR with suspected appendicitis. Labs were in with elevated white count and she had the rebound tenderness, so off she went to be relieved of her appendix.

    Next day the pathology came back-normal appendix. I'm wondering now if she had strep instead.
  7. by   Nurseforatu
    Woman came in with a condom "lost"..but the topper was a tv remote fully "lost" in the...hmm...lower gi tract! Surgeon had to be called out.
  8. by   blondnursey
    i was the nurse on duty at a ltc facility. one of my staff was filing papers. she scratched her finger on the staple. one drop blood.
    she filled out incident report, went to the er and called off for the next 2 days.
    true story, i am still shaking my head........
  9. by   beckingrace
    My most favorite was the mother who wanted her child checked because they drove through Cleveland and a child in a suburb of Cleveland had menningitis. They did not stop in Cleveland, did not know the child but they did drive through there.
  10. by   Knoodsen
    "fiberoptic cysts"
  11. by   Clays02
    I had a guy who had some form of dementia where everytime he closed his eyes, he thought robots would perform abdominal surgery on him. So the guy hadn't slept in days and if he drifted off to sleep he'd wake up screaming. It was INSANE!

    Not really ridiculous...but crazy.
  12. by   sharpeimom
    Quote from blondnursey
    i was the nurse on duty at a ltc facility. one of my staff was filing papers. she scratched her finger on the staple. one drop blood.
    she filled out incident report, went to the er and called off for the next 2 days.
    true story, i am still shaking my head........
    yikes! ... and i went to work with buddy wrapped broken fingers (psych) when i could have taken, oh, say a month or so, off?!

    sharpeimom
  13. by   TinkRN8
    Quote from 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..............

    LOL!!! When my sister was little (like 3-4), she was obssessed with sticking things up her nose....Tic Tacs, peas, Trix, Cheerios....you name it she stuck it up her nose. I remember many a trip to the Dr.'s office to have things removed. She would get them stuck up there but good...

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