Monday, June 14, 2010

Thanks for calling......NOT!

Actual calls taken by us in the ER:

1) "I have a question. I am 39 weeks pregnant and I am having contractions - what should I do?"

2) Same caller above, calling back - "I called my doctor and he said to wait until the morning to come in and see him, but I am still having contractions and now I am bleeding, what should I do."

3) Caller: "My thermometer is giving me the temperature in celsius - can you tell me what that is in farenheit."

Me : "No ma'am I cannot the best thing I can tell you is look it up on the internet (for the conversion)"

Caller: "You mean you don't know the conversion."(in a very irritated, why don't you know kind of tone)

Me: "No ma'am I don't - we use farenheight as well."

Saturday, June 5, 2010



A girl comes in to the emergency department complaining of abdominal pain. She also said she was having some burning in her throat and chest. She was 18 and likely suffering from acid reflux. She was treated with a GI cocktail, a concoction typically used to treat those with reflux. It helped...YAY...she was all fixed. She was given a prescription and sent on her way. Several hours later the squad phone rang and the report received is they are en route with an 18 year old female with abdominal they're about 5 minutes out. About 5 minutes later they arrive with the same 18 year old from earlier except now she is in her pajama's clutching a stuffed duck, SCREAMING and crying. Wow was something missed when she was there?? How could she be in this much pain....

While triaging her we asked her if she got her prescription filled...."No I didn't have a ride to the pharmacy so I couldn't." Funny how a few minutes later she told us she did manage to get to IHOP and eat eggs, bacon, and french toast!!!!!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

More Than Bed Pans & Bed Baths

I thought it would be neat to have a place where we could share our stories. The good and bad, happy and I feel like I should break into song - LOL. Anway as I was saying to have a place to share, learn, laugh and sometimes even cry.

I will open letter to parents....

Dear Parent,

Please if your child has been running a fever of 104 all day and you decdide at 3am that you need to wake them up and bring them to the emergency deparment - please medicate them. I promise that upon arrival we will not ask you for proof that their temperature was that high. PROMISE!