What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for? - page 161

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   blockmomRN
    The silliest ones that actually made me turn around and walk out of the room, so the pt could not see my facial expressions were

    ~~ " I just changed my tooth paste and now my gums are sore" ( I asked her, is that it? do you have a toothache, bleeding, fever...etc, "No my gums are just a little sore and I want them checked out"

    ~~ Ems brings a pt in around 4am from Walmart with "I stubbed my toe at work" yep that was her only complaint, oh and she needed a work note for a week"

    ~~ Young female states "I got a french tickler stuck up in me, for a month" ................and she did, that took a lot of vicks vapor rub in my nose to get thru

    You can imagine over 28 years as a nurse in the ER and another 5 as a ED tech, I feel like my eyes and brain will never be right again
  2. by   Jayjormom
    Frequent flyer psych pt comes into ED and sits for a few minutes. Everyone including housekeeping knows him by name. He comes up to the registration window and says " gimme $5 and I won't check in." Checks in after his request was denied[emoji15][emoji15]
  3. by   Lev <3
    Quote from NurseOnAMotorcycle
    Called a pt in to be triaged. he stopped three steps from triage and yelled this chief complaint quote:

    "F--- you, you f---ing c---!"

    then walked out of the ED. I still have no idea why he came in.
    How cultured and generous of him...to leave.
  4. by   Jasel
    17 yo f comes by ambulance for a cough x 3 days that she was already on antibiotics for. Lungs clear, never heard her cough once in the hour she was there.
  5. by   Bat Lady
    [QUOTE=RainbowSkye;821893]Well, I don't disagree with what you say, but I think it is more than not having access to a primary care provider. I live in a very rural area in the deep south, and even here we have a Public Health Department, a federally funded clinic for the indigent and working poor as well as a community mental health center.

    <big snip for convenience because I'm not replying to it>

    -avoidence (you can't hardly go back to your pcp for more Lorcet when you just got your 'script filled yesterday)

    ^^^THIS^^^^ was a biggie in the area where I worked at one time. It was a smallish city with 2 hospitals. I worked in the smaller (private) now where I floated between ICU and ER. We fixed this problem. sort of, by posting a pic of the doc on duty on the front door of the ED each night. The local druggies knew which ones wouldn't "help them out" with a fresh Rx and would go across town to the other hospital where they might have better luck. Eventually, I think because of communication between nurses, the other hospital's ED caught on to what we were doing and started doing the same thing. Poor druggies just didn't know WHAT to do! I guess they had to go to the little rural hospitals after that. Hopefully those EDs caught on....they had some of the same docs because we all pretty much used the same group.
  6. by   Momma1RN
    Walking in the snow and feet got cold...

    ETA: arrived via EMS
  7. by   lovingtheunloved
    Quote from MrsWampthang
    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.)

    It's HIPAA. Just saying.
  8. by   OREDPA
    A patient came in by Ambulance for belly button lint
  9. by   Nurse Leigh
    Quote from OREDPA
    A patient came in by Ambulance for belly button lint
    Ok...things like this really make me wonder how the 911 calls for stuff like this go.

    Dispatcher: 911, what is your emergency?

    Caller: I need an ambulance. I have some fuzzy stuff coming out of my belly button!

    Dispatcher: ... ???
  10. by   Momma1RN
    Quote from OREDPA
    A patient came in by Ambulance for belly button lint
    Stop it...
  11. by   A&Ox6
    Today a patient came in for a splinter
  12. by   ceres24
    one am shift, our er door blasted open and a guy came and shouted 'i need help. theres something wrong with my sister'. being an ER nurse, I have seen quite a lot of 'stuff' already. I remained calmed and told him bring the patient inside. and they did, him and another guy carry this woman, one holding the hands, the other guy on her feet. woman seems unconscious. i told them lay the patient in the stretcher while getting oxygen cannula, a pulse oxy and bp app. when i approached the patient, i noticed tears running from her eyes. immediately i asked, did you broke up with your bf? or if youre married did you had a fight. she opened her eyes, told me ' its been 2 years since we broke up. but it still brings memories'

  13. by   ohiobobcat
    I had a cute LOL come in c/o UTI symptoms. She was kind enough to bring her own urine samples in for us. In an old plastic butter tub. And in an old perfume bottle. She was just trying to HELP!!!

    We asked a young male- maybe early 20s?- for a urine sample. Can't remember his complaint, but he gave us a specimen cup full of soapy water as his sample. We sent it to the lab for kicks and giggles.