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

  1. 5 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
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    From 'SOUTH FLORIDA'; 48 Years Old; Joined Jun '02; Posts: 409; Likes: 35.

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  4. Visit  angel337} profile page
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    a hang nail with no c/o pain. he could have at least said it hurt
    Latorie, CSU-BSN2014, maelstrom143, and 14 others like this.
  5. Visit  Katnip} profile page
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    Someone who called and tried to make an appointment for the next day. We explained "This is the emergency room."

    Person replied "I know. I don't want to wait, I want an appointment for tomorrow." We said, "Call the clinic."
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  6. Visit  Nurse Ratched} profile page
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    OK - dumb question - I understand that you can't refuse to treat someone in the emergency room. Can you refuse to see an obvious non-emergency like the hangnail?
  7. Visit  Tink RN} profile page
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    I think one of the most rediculous was for a pregnancy test. Min cost of $500.00 for the ER visit when they could have bought one at Walmart for like $7! Or even have one done free at the health dept ... I'm sure that bill didn't get paid anyway.
  8. Visit  Energizer Bunny} profile page
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    Quote from Nurse Ratched
    OK - dumb question - I understand that you can't refuse to treat someone in the emergency room. Can you refuse to see an obvious non-emergency like the hangnail?
    You would think so, wouldn't you?
  9. Visit  Katnip} profile page
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    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.

    I think EMTALA needs some serious tweaking. Or those who wrote it should be willing to pick up the tab.

    Edit to add: still, I think I'd suggest a nail salon instead of an emergency room for a hangnail. Much cheaper.

    I do know that hospitals can and do garnish wages to pay for things if a person has an income. They can also put liens against property.
    Last edit by Katnip on Jun 24, '04
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  10. Visit  jyoung1950} profile page
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    Quote from JUSTYSMOM
    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
    As a matter of fact, in the wee hours of Monday morning, I woke up with severe pain on my left side front and back and radiating down my groin. I also had alot of pressure to urinate but when I tried could only void a very small amount. Also had vomiting and nausea.

    Well, the pain would not subside. Any Tylenol I tried to take for it was vomited up.

    Finally after 3 hours of this, I dragged my aching body to the car and drove down to the ER at 4:30 in the morning. I could not understand what could be causing the pain and was, understandably, afraid.

    There was blood in my urine and they did a catscan, but the nurses had already figured out I had a kidney stone ("doing the kidney stone dance").

    They put an IV in me for fluid and pain medicine and when I was awake enough let me go home with vicodin and suppositories for nausea and vomiting. Doc instructed me to see a urologist in the next couple days.

    I hope the ER staff didn't think me coming down with a KS was silly. I live alone and just have myself to depend on. They sure did help me out - the pain was unbearable.

    Just a little anecdotal story.
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  11. Visit  JUSTYSMOM} profile page
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    Quote from angel337
    a hang nail with no c/o pain. he could have at least said it hurt



    What was he thinking?!
  12. Visit  JUSTYSMOM} profile page
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    Quote from jyoung1950
    As a matter of fact, in the wee hours of Monday morning, I woke up with severe pain on my left side front and back and radiating down my groin. I also had alot of pressure to urinate but when I tried could only void a very small amount. Also had vomiting and nausea.

    Well, the pain would not subside. Any Tylenol I tried to take for it was vomited up.

    Finally after 3 hours of this, I dragged my aching body to the car and drove down to the ER at 4:30 in the morning. I could not understand what could be causing the pain and was, understandably, afraid.

    There was blood in my urine and they did a catscan, but the nurses had already figured out I had a kidney stone ("doing the kidney stone dance").

    They put an IV in me for fluid and pain medicine and when I was awake enough let me go home with vicodin and suppositories for nausea and vomiting. Doc instructed me to see a urologist in the next couple days.

    I hope the ER staff didn't think me coming down with a KS was silly. I live alone and just have myself to depend on. They sure did help me out - the pain was unbearable.

    Just a little anecdotal story.
    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!
  13. Visit  Marie_LPN, RN} profile page
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    Gum stuck in long blond (bleached) hair. The doctor wrote a recommendation on an order sheet to a cosmetologist.
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  14. Visit  canoehead} profile page
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    By ambulance at 2am, a blister on the rt great toe.
    No ride back, no friends, and hungry (but I didn't need to tell you guys that)

    And, yes we get a lot of people wanting a pregnancy test. Seems some insurances will pay for an er visit, but not an OTC test (go figure)
  15. Visit  MrsWampthang} profile page
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    Tampon "lost" for two days. One of the few times I almost blew chow from the smell. :chuckle


    Worst weirdest was a person that drank a cup of abrasive substance that wasn't supposed to be drank. Can't tell ya any more than that without violating HIPPA. Needless to say it wasn't pretty and that person is really messed up for life.

    Another weird injury I saw once upon a time, a kid came in with a fishing lure stuck to his head. When he first walked up I thought it was something coming out of his head! (I was a registrar in the ER then.)

    Pam


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