Your least favorite patient. - page 9

Whats your least favorite type of patient to take care of in the ER..... Mine would have to be the drug over dose....had one on my last shift the treatment is pretty much the same What we normally... Read More

  1. by   shoegalRN
    Oh, it's not pretty.

    I've seen a pt who was 4"11, maybe 100 lbs soaking wet, kick out a glass door in our special lock down unit.

    It took 3 security guards to restrain her to get her in restraints.

    I HATE PCP pts!!! They are so unpredictable and they are so strong. They will attack out of nowhere.

    I have notice they attack at the peak of their high. When they are coming down, they crash and will sleep for 12 hours at the least.
  2. by   brainkandy87
    Any time I think of PCP, I think of this... (jump to 2:30) Dewey Cox Drugs Mashup - YouTube
  3. by   Rohan8
    What region of the country are you in that you see so many PCP induced patients?
  4. by   Altra
    I was curious about that too, Rohan8 ... PCP is pretty old school. I encountered a PCP patient once in the first year of my career and haven't seen it since.
  5. by   Pixie.RN
    I've seen it a few times around the DC suburbs. Not pretty.
  6. by   emtb2rn
    Dust aka pcp is scary stuff. We get 'em every once in a while. 4 point leathers, 5 & 2, 1:1 until they come back to earth. Knew some guys who were into dust back in hs. Very unpredictable, very prone to violence.
  7. by   Pudnluv
    My least favorite......the young, usually somewhat overweight woman who comes in with lower abdominal pain every 2-3 weeks. Lines, labs, iv fluids, a little zofran and morphine and then pelvic exam. When you go to ask about their pain, they have to put their Obama phone down and inevitably let you know their pain is still a 10. Then they send their friend, boyfriend, family member, etc. to the vending machine for chips. Because they almost always come by ambulance, they will need a medicaid cab to transport them home. Give me an ETOHer over that any day!
  8. by   shoegalRN
    Quote from Rohan8
    What region of the country are you in that you see so many PCP induced patients?
    I am in the midwest, I work in a Level I trauma ER, county ran, urban core.

    Our hospital see more on PCP (AKA being "wet") than we do Meth use.

    We get one at least once every 2-3 days.
  9. by   brainkandy87
    Quote from Pudnluv
    they have to put their Obama phone down
    Yes, because Barack Obama invented and implemented welfare.

    And, if you're talking about that whole false rumor about Obama subsidizing cell phones for people on welfare, you might want to do some more research.
  10. by   Pudnluv
    Here in New York, there are cell phone subsidies for low income people. Many times, the people have 2 cell phones, usually their "Obama phone", as they like to call them, and a blackberry or android. I didn't come up with the name, buddy, but that is what the people who get these phones call them. It's just nauseating to me the kind of abuse of the system I see every day. We have free and low income health care clinics in my area that are open till evening hours. There is a chain of grocery stores that will give free antibiotics with a prescription. But people continue to abuse the system and feel that it is their right. I believe everyone has the right to health care and I support programs that are designed to help people down on their luck. I just have a problem with those who are in the system and then continually take advantage of everything.
  11. by   shoegalRN
    What is an "Obama phone"?

    This is the first I have heard of this term.....

    Maybe I'm not up with the times?
  12. by   LalaJJB
    Quote from Rena RN 2003
    i also do not like those cold/flu type patients who think i can "cure" them before their visit is over.

    or those that was just seen by their primary care doc or ER doc that morning and are back to see the ER doc again that night because __________________ (my throat is still sore, i still cough, i still have the flu, etc. fill in the blank).
    Those are the WORST!! ah!
  13. by   brillohead
    Quote from shoegalRN
    What is an "Obama phone"?

    This is the first I have heard of this term.....

    Maybe I'm not up with the times?
    Free cell phones with (as I recall) ~200 free minutes every month, provided to low-income/no-income people.

    ETA: Here's a link:
    Last edit by brillohead on Mar 29, '12 : Reason: added link