What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for? - page 99

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   JeanettePNP
    Stomach pain, nausea & vomiting x 6 hours. No fever. Came to the ER by ambulance...

    Why not wait at least 24 hours to see if the thing resolves itself?
  2. by   secretlovers
    0130- 9 year old with a sore throat that started 1 hour ago
    child with fever for 6 hours- did you give tylenol? No
    2- 9 year olds with earring back stuck to back of ear
    family of 4 at 2300 with one with sore throat, one with cough, one with sore eye, one with runny nose

    sooo many more when I think, "Are you freaking serious?"
  3. by   Virgo_RN
    Quote from mamamerlee
    Did they know you live alone? They should have found a way to keep you for observation for at least 23 hours - not driving home with narcotics on board.
    And this is NOT a silly reason to go to the ER, it IS an emergency!
    Why would you observe someone with a kidney stone for 23 hours? Wouldn't it depend on the size of the stone and the severity of symptoms? Someone with a small stone and no hydronephrosis or significant lab abnormalities could go home with a urine strainer, pain meds, and a referral to a urologist.
  4. by   KirbyEMT
    As a correction, we can refuse transport most of the time, if we can talk the patient out of it. We just have to call medical control. There are situations where we cannot convince them otherwise, but we can always manipulate friends and family to talk them out of it. We can drag it out and make them irritated, explain what the ER is going to do (make them wait hours), or even let them talk in person to medical control, which has the authority to tell them to buck up.
  5. by   Pixie.RN
    Quote from KirbyEMT
    As a correction, we can refuse transport most of the time, if we can talk the patient out of it.
    If you're talking the patient out of it, then they are refusing, technically. As a paramedic, I have never told anyone, "I am not transporting you anywhere." I've also never seen our county medics refuse to transport anyone to our ED. Too much liability; the patient should actually be the one who decides to not be transported if that's what happens. I know, it's ridiculous sometimes, and we're nothing more than a fancy taxi with pretty lights.
  6. by   danfif
    19 y/o with c/o "My hair isn't growing"! Go Figure!
  7. by   sharpeimom
    Quote from danfif
    19 y/o with c/o "my hair isn't growing"! go figure!
    if it had been my 19 year old husband, he'd have said, "help! most of my hair
    has fallen out on top, i only have some monks' fringe and i don't know where it went ..."

    when we were dating, i finally asked him whether he even wore his hat to bed like
    ed norton in the honeymooners ? :d

  8. by   princess2b
    lol at the oyster/baby in fridge by police story.

    Re: PG Tests: There is a big difference between urine and serum (qualitative and quantiative) hcg tests.
  9. by   conniern2001
    I have one that hard to top. A guy came into the ER the other day. wanted a prescription for Viagra. Unfortunately, for him, the ER doc was a woman and had no sympathy. No Viagara for him. I could just see the conversation now: Doc:Why are you here again? Pt: I was hoping I'd get some viagra. Doc: Well this is an emergency room. We treat emergencies here. Pt: Well doc, you should see her!
  10. by   Pixie.RN
    A patient called administration to complain that his complaint was not taken seriously during his ED visit. The complaint? Erectile dysfunction x 12 years, and it was 0300 during a blizzard. Seriously, I can't make this stuff up. (Also, he was homeless and looking for a roof and a meal.)
  11. by   whichone'spink
    Last Sunday, a 400 lb woman who lives one hour away from the city I work in called an ambulance to take her to the ED. Her complaint? Needed a prescription refill. The doctor I worked with wasn't too happy, and neither were the EMTs that transported her. In her discharge instructions, he asked me to type in "Do NOT come to the Emergency Department for prescription refills". How she got back home, I don't know, and I'm not sure I care.
  12. by   rbyrdrn
    I triaged a complaint of "Thumbs loosing weight". Of course who does love the classic "I slipped and fell on it" excuse for a foreign body in vagina or rectum
  13. by   mamamerlee
    "Thumbs losing weight". HAHAHAHAH ROTFLMAO HAHAHAHAH

    One of the funniest ever!!!!

    Had a sort of sad one many, many years ago - bleeding from rectum - had a bottle lodged in colon, which tore thru. Needed a colostomy. The man was brought in by his friend. They had to call his wife, who was apparently not aware of his extra-curricular activities. This was over 20 yrs ago.

    But "thumbs losing weight" is too, too funny.