When is a situation considered an Emergency? - page 4

:D Hi, I am not a nurse yet, so I would like to ask ya'll a question. This post is a little long, so just try to bare with me. What makes a situation an Emergency??? I will explain myself: ... Read More

  1. by   TrudyRN
    Well, I understand how jammed up with non-emergent and non-urgent patients the ER's are. Unfortunately, yes, the patient in pain often has to wait while those who are closer to death's door get seen first.

    However - there is no excuse for rudeness, such as by the person upon whose door your husband knocked and she didn't answer then bit his head off for walking in.

    He was desperate, crazy with pain. She was probably filing her nails? I'd report her to her superiors. To Administration. They need to know about her rudeness. If she values her job, she needs to act right.
  2. by   TrudyRN
    Quote from lauralassie
    Actually, yes , you can die from pain. Pain causes the body to loose blood to non vital organs, to shunt blood to the place of pain. Pain also causes stress to the body, can have an MI etc. Not to say that ks pain is that kind of pain, but, ks's are worth getting back to ER asap if possible. Ever see a ks pt come in pale , diaphoretic , low bp. It happens. If they can't get back they are most certainly a pt that is worth keeping an eye on and evaluating as much as possible in triage. Ks can cause pylo, that can lead to sepsis.
    So very well said, Lauralassie.
  3. by   chuck1234
    Quote from TazziRN
    Whoa.....I hope I'm reading this wrong. Let's take it piece by piece.

    "I think I wouldve called 911.They at least would have assessed him,and got medical assistance quicker."

    Not necessarily. When someone comes in by ambulance, they have already been assessed by the medic and a report has been called to the ER. If there are no beds and the problem is not emergent, the pt can be sent to the WR. For someone to call 911 because they're scared is fine. To call just to get seen faster is wrong.

    "Remember your ABCs.That is usually the precedence.Try C/O of difficulty breathing,youll have a better chance of getting to see the DR more quickly"

    I most certainly hope that this was not an encouragement to people to lie about their complaint to get seen faster. Nothing, and I mean nothing, p***es us off more than a faker taking advantage.

    Please tell me I read that post wrong.........
    Believe what you read...you have 20/20 vision.
    What else I can say?
  4. by   TazziRN
    Quote from chuck1234
    Believe what you read...you have 20/20 vision.
    What else I can say?
    Not too sure how to take your comment, but it is so easy to misunderstand the intention of something said on the internet. I know what I read, I'm just hoping that it was meant differently.
  5. by   traumaRUs
    I agree that it is easy to misunderstand subjects on the internet. Myself, I count on verbal cues a lot of the time with people and that is glaringly missing on the web.

    That said, I doubt that any RN in the ER (or any place else for that matter) is filing their nails or being intentionally rude. I know there are always exceptions but I think we have provided the OP with some solid info as to the how the ER runs. It may not be perfect, but its the system we have.

    To the OP -please take care of your hubby and I certainly hope that he is feeling much better.
  6. by   Altra
    Quote from allantiques4me
    im sorry about your horrible,scary situation.i think i wouldve called 911.they at least would have assessed him,and got medical assistance quicker.what ashame.also on behalf of the er,they might see lots of persons who overreact or are drug seeking on a daily basis.remember your abcs.that is usually the precedence.try c/o of difficulty breathing,youll have a better chance of getting to see the dr more quickly.

    wow. just wow. :stone just when i was weaning off my gerd meds ...
  7. by   chuck1234
    Quote from MLOS
    Wow. Just wow. :stone Just when I was weaning off my GERD meds ...
    Some nurses just never have any common sense...they give bad advice....not till they know what they are thinking...keep your GERD medication in your pocket...just in case....
  8. by   CritterLover
    Quote from mlos
    wow. just wow. :stone just when i was weaning off my gerd meds ...

    i don't know about you guys, but that wouldn't fly where i work.
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    [color=#483d8b]many people come in c/o sob via ambulance and get sent to triage anyway (if there is no evidence of the sob).
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    [color=#483d8b]chest clear...sat high....hr and b/p reasonable....no accessory muscle use...triage. esp if the medics didn't even feel as though a neb tx was warrented in transport.
  9. by   TazziRN
    Quote from critterlover
    i don't know about you guys, but that wouldn't fly where i work.
    [color=#483d8b]
    [color=#483d8b]many people come in c/o sob via ambulance and get sent to triage anyway (if there is no evidence of the sob).
    [color=#483d8b]
    [color=#483d8b]chest clear...sat high....hr and b/p reasonable....no accessory muscle use...triage. esp if the medics didn't even feel as though a neb tx was warrented in transport.
    yep. antique's post just ruffled my feathers. we are supposed to be teaching people how to navigate the system but not by lying.
  10. by   chuck1234
    Quote from TazziRN
    Yep. Antique's post just ruffled my feathers. We are supposed to be teaching people how to navigate the system but not by lying.
    Antique...this name is very self explanatory!
  11. by   allantiques4me
    Quote from chuck1234
    Antique...this name is very self explanatory!
    Sorry,People.I admit I was wrong to imply that you have difficulty breathing in order to be seen by a DR.Was kind of a dumb thing to say,but you dont have to be mean about it.I happen to own a victorian home loaded with antiques,hence the name.!

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