What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for? - page 154
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
Dec 30, '14Quote from No Stars In My EyesIs it bad that my first reaction when I read that was 'Holy crap"?Something that is and isn't ridiculous: A 40 lb impaction. Is that even possible?!!!
Dec 30, '143 mo into my residency. Cat scratch fever came across my azcom. Very superficial cat scratches to the wrist. We were on in room triage. I think it was the fastest treat and street I've seen so far.
BSN GCU 2014. ED Residency
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Jul 11, '15I have a couple.
1) Dry Lips. We had a 19yom present to the EMERGENCY department because he had dry lips. Needless to say we did not give him "that free chapstick" and he refused to pay for his $100.00 copay because pt states "I ain't got time for that"
2) Bed Bugs. Patient took ambulance to the ED because of bed bugs.
3) Pregnancy Test. This is a fairly common ED c/c, but this time she had taken 10 pregnancy tests at home that were ALL NEGATIVE. Got in line at the EMERGENCY department to be sure. Patient was pretty upset when we told her that her pregnancy test was negative.
4) Constipation. "When was your last bowel movement?"...."Earlier today"
Jul 11, '15Quote from Elly EmDid they bring a sample in a take-out soup container?Constipation. "When was your last bowel movement?"...."Earlier today"
Jul 11, '15Quote from emtb2rnOr a picture of it? LolDid they bring a sample in a take-out soup container?
Jul 12, '15"I think I have spider bites on my vagina."
Holding arms up at church for ~5 minutes. Arms began tingling. ER visit (symptoms resolved as soon as arms lowered).
Older patient convinced her neighbors below her were using radio-frequency "silent weapons" to break her bones.
"My cat told me to come in."
Jul 13, '15My sepsis is acting up
And just to add- when did it become ok to allow the large amount of preg tests?? At my facility we supposedly "don't do preg tests," so some nurses try to encourage them to come up with a different CC! Of course we don't want that negative feedback from the patient, heavens no, the CEO won't get as big of a bonus...sigh
Jul 13, '1511pm on the fourth of July had a man in his early 70's present with an ingrown hair on his face. No swelling, no pain, no attempt to remove it himself!
Jul 14, '15Quote from BonhamsGhostThere's really not a good reason for a pt coming to the ED to confirm a pregnancy test at night especially after 10 were taken. But it was possible that the pt was from a fertility clinic and wanted to test ASAP after the progesterone "trigger" shot was out of her system, and hence the early morning trip to the ED to see if that cycle has worked. Now if she was a smart fertility pt, she would have bought tests in bulk on the Internet for as little as 25¢ and tested to her hearts content until the office opened until the next morning so she could get a quantitative hCG.And just to add- when did it become ok to allow the large amount of preg tests?? At my facility we supposedly "don't do preg tests," so some nurses try to encourage them to come up with a different CC! Of course we don't want that negative feedback from the patient, heavens no, the CEO won't get as big of a bonus...sigh
What a waste of resources!!! I know the feeling of wanting to be pregnant, but taking TEN test AND showing up at the ED at 0300 is a bit much!!!
Aug 10, '15Fever of 99.1...then proceeds to argue with the doc that it IS a fever.
I delegated that "fever" to the doc today.
Aug 11, '15Pregnancy testing. Or a few weeks back a patient came in for a rash that had been there for 1 year (I kid you not). He waited in the lobby for hours only to get screened.