ER- HELP: Dumbest reason people go to ER

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by DachRN DachRN Member

Specializes in MedSurg/ER FLoat/Charge/LTC/Oncology.

ATTN ER Staff!

I am writing a "paper" on the dumbest reasons/stories that people show up/come to ER. Would appreciate ANY input ANY of the ER staff out there has for me.........................IF you'd like a copy of the FINAL draft, please let me know and I'll forward it.

Thanks much!

PS. My winning entry so far is a Mom who brought 1 month old infant in at 2:30 AM because "it wouldn't look her in the eye. It doesn't recognize me!"

Not making this up

Logomom

Logomom

Specializes in ER, Telemetry, PACU (last 20 yrs). 7 Posts

I once did an ambulance ride in training. We picked up a child (5-8 yrs old) AND the entire family. Reason- "he threw up." On questioning, it was 1 time, about 5 hr earlier.

Logomom

Logomom

Specializes in ER, Telemetry, PACU (last 20 yrs). 7 Posts

If your after a dumb diagnosis. I once saw Miss Day B on a chart.

Broombug

Broombug

31 Posts

A couple of weeks ago we had an ambulance bring someone into the ER with conjunctivitis.:uhoh3:

NicoleERRN

NicoleERRN, RN

Specializes in ER. 72 Posts

Best one for me so far.. Came by EMS for........ A pimple on the big toe....maybe it was an emergency to them....

fionnayowcr

fionnayowcr

Specializes in Respiratory, Cardiology,Telemetry, CCU. 8 Posts

hi all,

tis couple kinda tickles me... they walked into EMD @2am

wife appears to be in slight distress, was crying, hyperventilating and hair was messed up.

Finally, at triage, they told the nurse

"my wif is worried cos our condom broke"

add-on;

a lady came into EMD wif a pack of her old meds "to find out which one is paracetamol"

TrickieTam

TrickieTam

Has 9 years experience. 208 Posts

When i was in nursing school a lady came in for her yearly physical.

criticalHP

criticalHP, MSN, RN

Specializes in ICU,CCU, MICU, SICU, CVICU, CTSICU,ER. 150 Posts

0230 (after the bar closes of course) Pt comes in with complaint the she's allergic to her bra.:uhoh3:

medchick

medchick

Specializes in nicu. Has 3 years experience. 127 Posts

When I was an EMT we got a call for a kid with a cootie stuck to the roof of him mouth.

medchick

medchick

Specializes in nicu. Has 3 years experience. 127 Posts

Sorry, my typing went crazy...he had a cootie stuck to the roof of his mouth

nurz2be

nurz2be

847 Posts

Ok, I don't know about the funny scale but this happened when we were doing a walk-thru in the ER last weekend.

The ambulance brings in 2 people (who look to be in their early 20's) on one stretcher...of course this catches EVERYONES attention.

The triage nurse asks what is the problem

(Oh, I forgot to mention they were locked together in what looked like a kissing position)

So the EMT says "Both have braces and they are locked together"

Now you might not find this dumb until.....

HE then goes on to say, in a quieter voice, "We contacted the females husband.... he is on his way to see if his wife is ok"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DOHHHHHHHHHHHH

PEOPLE KILL ME>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

SmileyCNAII

SmileyCNAII

Specializes in ED tech on a resp. therapist adventure. 62 Posts

Constipation......I will admit there are cases where it is a bonifide visit (rarely) but most of the time, just OMG, would you go to an ER for someone to either give you an enema or to dig you out?

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