Whats your biggest pet peeve working in the ED? - page 4

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Id have to say my biggest pet peeve is when someone hands you a medicaid card as they pull it from their Louis Vuitton handbag with bling on their hands after having rolled up to the ER in their Mercedes Benz! After that I'd say... Read More


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    1) the patient who you spend 30minutes assessing, doing bloodwork, ecg, etc only to sign themselves out without being seen...what a waist of time

    2) doctors who practice family medicine in the ER

    3) patients who have a family doctor but use the ER as their routine healthcare service...as shown by the amount they come to emerg on their EMR

    4) patients families who flip flop with their loved ones DNR status....no DNR, DNR, no DNR, DNR....I've had this happen twice where the family kept changing their mind :S very confusing.

    5) infection control policies in the ER....
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    I used to think my biggest peeve was dealing with drug seekers, but now I realize that it's dealing with young women who come in complaining of "abdominal pain" knowing that we will do a UPT (which will be postive) and a "free" ultrasound. They already know they are pregnant but want the discharge paper that says it so they can get Medicaid. We get an average of 3 a day!
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    Quote from Poochiewoochie
    Aren't you supposed to chart what the patient says? If they say 10 that's what you're supposed to put down, not "eyeroll" and put down what you think it is.
    I chart that "patient reports some improvement to pain, per FACES chart XX/10, pt in NAD in bed texting on phone and watching tv."
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    Not sure what my biggest pet peeve is but here are a few:

    Def get annoyed by women who come in for a urine hcg.

    Ppl who come in around 0500 with "back pain x1 week" and one of the first things out of their mouth is "...and I'll need a work excuse".

    Pts who complain of pain 15/10. I have told my patients before that I would never want to have pain 10/10 b/c I would have to be on death's door. And I thought kidney stones were bad!!

    Parents who bring their kids in for fever but never checked the temp at home and/or didn't give any meds. My ER is just down the road from Walmart and most of our pts have to pass it in order to get to us. Really? Is our motrin magical?

    Pumps - where the heck do they go?!?! Why can we never find any pumps in the ED and yet the floors have them stockpiled? Ugh, just return the darn things and we'll bring one up with the next pt who is admitted.

    Doctors who try to weasel out of discharging the pt. It's what you're paid to do. Go talk to the pt and tell them their results. Do not give me the results and ask me to pass it on that they are all neg and the pt needs to follow up with their PCP.

    That's all I can think of for now...I've had an easy week so all the normal peeves are not in the forefront.
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    A lawyer's wife.came with her sick child.High fever.
    but when doctor prescribe a medicine for her child.He argue with the doctor that it was not the perfect treatment for her child and even suggest to change the medicine with other medicine.
    Why brought her child late at night when she not even agreed with the doc's treatment and have her own version of treatment??
    Last edit by 7feetunder on Nov 8, '12
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    I have no idea what my patients Ins. status is. Admissions handles that and I have never looked.

    My Pet Peeves:

    Patients that smell so bad. I wish we could hang air fresheners around them. They smell like ashtrays and alcohol and I am trapped in this small room with them. Hate it!

    Those that complain about having to wait with stuff they could go to urgent care for. I will usually tell them we have an Urgent Care, actually 5 of them in this small town.

    Those that take the ambulance for the most absurd stuff. If you can jump off the ambulance and skip into the ER than you could have come through the front door. I wish the ambulances could require an upfront co-pay for non emergent patients.

    Floor nurses that constnatly have excuses for not taking patients or our BHS facility doing the same thing. Seriously I understand you're busy and overwhelemed, but I have a full ER with all our beds full, ambulances coming non stop and 15 deep in the waiting room, a patient that's been waiting 4 hrs from time the Admit status went up because we had to wait for the residents to write orders before they could be assigned a room and now you're telling me that it's a bad time and you're going to have to call me back. HUGE PET PEEVE OF MINE!

    Oh and for the love of all things Holy, if you take multiple medications, have a freaking up to date current med list with the exact name and dosage and frequency you're supposed to take it.
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    I thought of a few more.

    People that come to the ER for help, but than don't want help. (I don't want that, I don't want this, No don't do that) I have flat out asked a patient before "So why the hell are you here if you don't want us to do anything?"

    The phrase "I hate needles" Yes I know. 99.9% of the population doesn't like needles. I didn't like getting stuck a total of 12 times over the course of 3 days last week for IV's either, but ya know what, I was sick enough and in enough pain that I didn't freaking care, in fact I was hurting so bad it didn't even phase me I was being used as a pin cushion! If that's what it was going to take to help me with the pain than bring on the needles.
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    Quote from ~Mi Vida Loca~RN
    The phrase "I hate needles" Yes I know. 99.9% of the population doesn't like needles. I didn't like getting stuck a total of 12 times over the course of 3 days last week for IV's either, but ya know what, I was sick enough and in enough pain that I didn't freaking care, in fact I was hurting so bad it didn't even phase me I was being used as a pin cushion! If that's what it was going to take to help me with the pain than bring on the needles.
    We were just having the discussion today at work. I had a pt who needed I tetanus shot...."do you really have to give it to me? I hate needles." Ugh.

    My response to the "I hate needles" comment: "I know, everyone does."
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    Patients who think they are entitled to EVERYTHING. Nevermind the STEMI in cardiac 1 who is now coding...the patient complaining of a nosebleed is definitely more important.
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    Patients who are rude to people doing their jobs. Had a patient two nights ago who was being a jerk to me, and to the registration people who were getting his insurance info. Thankfully the doctor discharged this charming patient shortly after seeing him.
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