What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for? - page 93

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   sharpeimom
    Quote from chihmom8
    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...
    while we're on the subject of things getting stuck, i have a submission for the weirdest or dumbest category... when i was eight and a tomboy, i fell out of a tree i had been climbing and sustained a fx of my elbow. it was casted in the er and i was absolutely crushed to find out i couldn't take showers for the duration. fast forward about five weeks and as we were being led into the sanctuary from the sunday school rooms, a friend slipped me some m & m s and just then, our teacher who was elderly and very firm reminded us that there was to be no eating or gum chewing during the service.
    caught! ... no pockets either... i slipped them down the inner arm of my cast and promptly forgot about them. when i did remember, i was afraid to tell my mom what i'd done because i knew i'd end up in the er again. a week later, the smell was awful and i did end up back in the er, where my cast was removed. when the staff and my parents discovered melted gross stinky m & m s and not something worse, they all began to laugh... hard. i was recasted and sent home. my parents were so relieved that it was only a pile of melted chocolate, that i never was punished.

    sharpeimom
    Last edit by sharpeimom on Jun 10, '09 : Reason: typo
  2. by   Roy Fokker
    "My legs hurt"
    "How long have they been hurting?"
    "Since now, D-uh!"
    "What were you doing earlier today?"
    "I walked from TheOtherTown over here"
    "You walked 10 miles by yourself?!"
    "Yeah. Now my legs are killing me!"

    Young adult female.
    At 0435 in the morning.

    You know what was even better?
    The ED doc ordered blood work (BMP, CK, CK-MB) on her before discharging her....
  3. by   MurseDan
    When working in a children's Emergency Department a VERY distressed father came in with his baby. He was concerned about a 'abnormal' mark which was on the baby. I then had to explain that birth marks were perfectly normal...........

    Cheers

    MurseDan
  4. by   RN Rosie
    Quote from teeituptom
    Now really. Do you expect anything else from Nursing Home nurses. Granted there are a few that really love their work and really love the elderly.
    All the rest Ive met are losers who cant cut it working anything else.

    Ok I find this extrememly offensive!! Nursing homes in this day and age are more than a lot of hosptals. Do you know how many Residents we get from hospitals with decubs to the bone because no one bothered to turn them while they were restrained? Or the ted hose literally imbeded in their skin because they weren't removed at night or even days at a time. These are by no means isolated incidents and unfortunately are becoming the norm.

    Just like anything else in this world there are good and bad whether it is hospitals, nursing homes, nurses, doctors everything. People like you give people who truely love their postitions a really bad name!
  5. by   Sparrowhawk
    Quote from teeituptom
    Now really. Do you expect anything else from Nursing Home nurses. Granted there are a few that really love their work and really love the elderly.
    All the rest Ive met are losers who cant cut it working anything else.

    I too find this extremely offensive! LTC is VERY hard work..VERY frustrating..but extremely rewarding. Sure, there's a few nurses who probably don't care, but I've not met them yet. I love my residents, and work very hard to make sure they have the best care and love we can give them.
  6. by   HikingNinja
    Quote from Katnip
    According to EMTALA, you can refuse to treat things that are not considered emergencies. The trick is, though, it has to be determined through a medical exam that it is not an emergency. Triage does not count. so you've got to get the person back there for the exam, and since they're back there, might as well treat them.
    After patients walk in or come by EMS we have an offload area/room right next to triage. We call a doc in for an RME (rapid medical exam). Usually they do 3 or 4 of these at once. They order basic stuff and decide if the patient is stable enough to go back into the waiting room pending labs/tests or needs immediate bedding. The hangnail guy would have been discharged immediately with our RME. Someone with abdominal pain, for example who is stable would be given a vomit bag, told to go the waiting room and not eat or drink anything and wait for tests. Lab, etc would then go out into the waiting room and grab them, bring them in for draws, etc. then back out the the waiting room. We have patients who never see the inside of the ER. Its fairly efficient. We have an RN and security stationed in the waiting room to keep an eye on people.
  7. by   Cindy_A
    Quote from deefromlv
    After patients walk in or come by EMS we have an offload area/room right next to triage. We call a doc in for an RME (rapid medical exam). Usually they do 3 or 4 of these at once. They order basic stuff and decide if the patient is stable enough to go back into the waiting room pending labs/tests or needs immediate bedding. The hangnail guy would have been discharged immediately with our RME. Someone with abdominal pain, for example who is stable would be given a vomit bag, told to go the waiting room and not eat or drink anything and wait for tests. Lab, etc would then go out into the waiting room and grab them, bring them in for draws, etc. then back out the the waiting room. We have patients who never see the inside of the ER. Its fairly efficient. We have an RN and security stationed in the waiting room to keep an eye on people.

    That sounds like a GREAT system!
  8. by   Okami_CCRN
    On Thursday a man came in to the E.R. because he was complaining of dry mouth....... he stated he hadnt drank anything all day and spent the majority of the day in conversation.... god you cant make this Sh*t up lol
  9. by   twinmommy+2
    I need to have your people talk to my people and then our people can do lunch together. I love that system!

    Quote from deefromlv
    After patients walk in or come by EMS we have an offload area/room right next to triage. We call a doc in for an RME (rapid medical exam). Usually they do 3 or 4 of these at once. They order basic stuff and decide if the patient is stable enough to go back into the waiting room pending labs/tests or needs immediate bedding. The hangnail guy would have been discharged immediately with our RME. Someone with abdominal pain, for example who is stable would be given a vomit bag, told to go the waiting room and not eat or drink anything and wait for tests. Lab, etc would then go out into the waiting room and grab them, bring them in for draws, etc. then back out the the waiting room. We have patients who never see the inside of the ER. Its fairly efficient. We have an RN and security stationed in the waiting room to keep an eye on people.
  10. by   taeran
    I had an AMBULANCE bring in a lady with a cat scratch on her arm - 'just to be sure!'

    Don't even think the skin was broken, from what I can recall - it was difficult to see the scratch!!

    Of course she had no ride home......
  11. by   squeakykitty
    Quote from taeran
    I had an AMBULANCE bring in a lady with a cat scratch on her arm - 'just to be sure!'

    Don't even think the skin was broken, from what I can recall - it was difficult to see the scratch!!

    Of course she had no ride home......
    This has got to win the most rreeee--DICU--louss award by a MILE!!
    I've had worse than that playing with frisky little kittens, and I didn't even reach for a band-aid.
  12. by   PAERRN20
    Hangnail. Yes this has been mentioned....but a not just any hangnail folks. A hangnail that had been sore for 3 MONTHS! Hahahahahaha and the offender was in their early 20's too!
  13. by   NursewithHeart
    How about back pain for 3 years? Then when you asked the patient why he came in after 3 years he says "something to do on a saturday afternoon"

    I can think of plenty of things to do on a saturday afternoon than spend it in an emergency room.

    Turns out when he saw the doctor, he demanded percocet for his CHRONIC BACK PAIN and when the doc wouldn't write for it, he walked out of the ER.

    Figures.

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