When I was little(12 yo), I was in the ER after being sent from my pediatricians for an asthma attack that wasn’t responding to medication. As I’m in the room with serious SOB, there’s a woman with a ‘headache on the left side’ demanding treatment ahead of everyone else because she had a meeting to get to. I am so ...Read More
Still Naughty at Sixty
I work at an Emergency Center, and we had a 60 year old woman come in with a cucumber stuck up her hooha.Read More
What Happens In Louisiana…
At a rural Louisiana ED, man brings himself and 3 children in after they "bumped another car in the parking lot at WalMart." Everyone's clearly ambulatory and in no distress. Man insists they be seen immediately as I try to prevent the three kids from dismantling everything in the triage room. He says the kids are "suffering."Read More
Waiting For Her Ride
After being discharged, she was told the ambulance would not be taking her home. A few hours later she was still waiting in the lobby waiting for her ride.Read More
Glass of Water
When I was a resident in ED, a patient yelled at me that he was leaving because he had waited hours to see a doctor. This was at 2am. The triage nurse later told me that he had presented with hiccups and was given a glass of water on arrival which stopped the hiccups.Read More
Patient had the gall to say, "I'm allergic to other people so I need to be seen first."Read More
Might Be A Hernia
Patient in to ER with stomach pain and said to triage nurse, "I had lunch and then drove back to work on a bumpy road. My stomach hurts...do you think it might be a hernia?"Read More
Oxygen and Friends
Especially when they are prescribed 5 liters of oxygen while at home, weigh 400 pounds, and don't have oxygen on when they arrive. Then while in an ER bed they tell you they are here to visit their "friends" because they are lonesome and ask for 4 boxed lunches.Read More
Balls Are Too High
The child's family were worried because "his balls are too high, so we keep trying to pull them down and he screams, so there must be something wrong."Read More
I Should Be Dead By Now
Male patient in ER was high as a kite. After a couple of hours he started saying "I should be dead by now!"Read More
Pain in the Ear
We had a patient come into the ER that was evaluated for an earache.Read More
A Bug Done Bit Me
Woman in the ER complaining of an incredibly painful bug bit. She explained it as, "I was sitting on a park bench, minding my own business, when a bug done jumped up and bit me..."Read More
911 From the ER
Patient called 911 from the ER waiting room because he thought he would be able to be seen quicker.Read More
An Aspirin and a Fingernail
18-year-old girl presents to ER demanding attention and pain killers because she had, in a fit of rage with her boyfriend, ripped off one of her false nails. She then proceeded to become abusive when offered aspirin and a seat in the waiting room.Read More
Man presents to the ER with chest pain. Taken back to a tele room for evaluation, patient admits chest pain is not his primary concern, it's his blood pressure. Patient's BP is normal for his age.Read More
Not Enough Narcotics
Pt drove over 2 hours in the snow to come in for "back pain" meds. He was allergic to: Tylenol, ibuprofen, aspirin, and naproxen. Yet, he was NOT allergic to: hydrocodone, Vicodin, Oxycontin, etc... Guy had a narc rap sheet a mile long.Read More
Do Not Do the Dew!
Admitting a pt from the ER who was told they had to remain NPO until we had orders from the doctor. Come into the room to find the boyfriend feeding her french fries and a large Mt Dew!Read More
New Year’s Party in the ER
Pt came into the ER on New Year's Eve night for a doctors note to avoid going back to work the next day. He also brought with him a girlfriend who said she had a red lump on her chest for 2 years!Read More
A New Fashion Statement
When I say "put this gown on and I'll be right back," it doesn't mean put it on over your jeans and t-shirt.Read More
OMG Becky, Look at that Wart!
I was a patient waiting in the ER at 10:30pm for an allergic reaction to medicine that caused my throat to start closing.Read More
Just Say No!
Patient can no longer afford $13 a day for the methadone clinic so they came to the emergency room and refused a transfer to a treatment center! Moral of the story? Just say no to drugs!Read More
Call Ahead Reservation
We had a parent ask if they could fax their insurance cards in ahead of time so they wouldn't have to wait so long. If you have time to do that you probably don't need to be in the ER!Read More
Michael Jackson and a Banana Peel
It was an exciting day to be in the ER: chief complaints of "My neck hurts because I'm sad about Michael Jackson" and the classic "I slipped on a banana peel"Read More
The Mysterious Bug Bite
Woman races to ER for a "possible bug bite" on her leg. During triage, we search but couldn't find the mark.Read More
Five Times to Stay Alive
Pt in to ER 5 times in less than 24 hours for dry mouth and left foot pain. Left every time after triage and refused to go to his own doctor!Read More
Can you check these bumps?
Patient in his 60s in ER with severe dyspnea, O2 sat in the low 80's. We start working like mad to get his sats up.Read More
A dang hangnail?
Had a very distraught mother bring her 2-year-old child into ER with CC of "foot pain".Read More
Will this take long?
A women with two toddlers is in our fast track. Her CC is "vaginal D/C".Read More
I Want Them Tested!
We had a mother come in and yelling, "My kids were EXPOSED to pneumonia and I want them tested!"Read More
I’ll Be Back
18 y/o female in ER for URI symptoms that presented earlier in the day. She had no fever and I told her it was likely viral and sent her home.Read More
What’s Your Status?
Woman was admitted a few days before for various reasons and was under surveillance. However, she had a tendency for psych episodes and would fake seizures.Read More
Fast Track to a Transfer
We had a patient come in one day by ambulance for a cold sore on her lip. After being placed in a hall bed in fast track (really it was the only bed open at the time and we can't put ambulance pts in the hall), she requested to use a phone.Read More
Calling in “Sick” for Work
Lady presents to ER c/o bruise on leg which had been there 1 1/2 to 2 weeks and hurt.Read More
18yr old pt came in w/ father. Dx: fx requiring ORIF. He consented to surgery and was taken up to the OR quite quickly.Read More
“C” is for Cookie!
Patient comes in to emergency room with toothache and terrible jaw pain. He has "trouble" talking and moving his jaw.Read More
A frequent visitor comes into the ER with her latest attempt for pain medications, complaining that she is dying of pain.Read More
Casper the Unfriendly Ghost
We had a female patient that presented in the ER with palms that she thought looked weird.Read More
Manual Labor isn’t for Everyone
We had a male patient come in with a bandage on his hand and a shirt covered in sweat and dirt. Turns out, he had been outside digging a hole in his yard without any work gloves on.Read More
Cough One Up to Overprotective Parents
We had an ambulance bring in a child with a "bad" cough.Read More