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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Its a B52 for you

Go head. Click on the arrow. Its OK. You can trust me. You know that...OK did you do it? Does it make the hair on the back of your neck stand up?
Welcome to my world. At least once a shift someone is doing something similar to this. They are screaming so loud that it can be heard throughout the emergency department.



Last week it was someone who doesn't like white people screaming about their dislike, followed by yelling for their mother. Now mind you this is a grown adult.

And there is one of my co-workers at the door trying to convince the screamer to take something to calm down. Probably won't work. Usually in this situation security tackles them, they are put in 4 point restraints and a sedative is given by injection. Then we can all have some peace.

8 comments:

ButtercupRN said...

God I loved my little intubated ICU pts.In pain,agitated,anxious,itchy? I've got just the thing. Ni- night

ERP said...

I'm not sure what's worse, that or the moaning and groaning of chronic paineurs.

Abbye Klamann said...

Haha, should have known better than to press that arrow. Love how it's described as a 'deranged woman' ... that probably should have tipped me off! On another note, love your blog. i have been looking for the best nursing blogs for the last month or so and have really enjoyed your realism, humor, and wit. I sent you an email last week about profiling you as a Top 10 Nursing Blog. Looking forward to talking to you more about this and THANK YOU for all the great reading! Best- Abbye Klamann (AKlamann@calcas.com)

Anonymous said...

Yeah, people in pain for 20 years should stfu. Only a moron would have a condition like that. What right have they to complain where we can hear? It's like they have no respect for a nurse's delicate sensibilities. Next time I have nowhere else to turn, I will be sure to open my radial artery on the way to triage so the poor nurse can at least have something exciting to do. It's about the only thing that keeps some nurses from whining like toddlers about patients with problems the nurse doesn't know how to handle.

Anonymous said...

If they were not screaming, they would not be there. So I am a bit confused about who do you expect to show up.

Anonymous said...

I recently had a someone who dragged their family member away from "that other ER," because they "didn't do anything" for the patient. The patient came in with a saline lock, had been examined by an MD, had already had an abdominal ct, and had multiple doses of morphine given. I am still confused about what else the family member was expecting. Perhaps laying of hands?

Katie Swanson said...

hahah this is awesome

Anonymous said...

People who come to the ER expect all their problems to be solved by the time that they leave. The emergency room is for people who are critically ill. I can't tell you how many people are showing up with things that been going on for weeks months and years just to get checked out . That's not what we're there for. People use the emergency room as a clinic more often then not and then get mad when we can solve every single problem that they come in there for. Most of their problems can be solved by following up with an outpatient doctor but most of them haven't even see their doctor first. Nurses are not without compassion. So yeah, the person who's been in pain for 20 years and comes to ER expecting their problems to solved in one day should,as anonymous puts it "stfu", and probably see a doctor in the office first. There is no magic pill that solves everything. Coming to the ER for some pain or issue that's been going on and off for 20 years is not critical and when we have critical patients and you're taking up a bed for nonsense, it's annoying sometimes, yes. It's not that we as medical professionals do not know how to handle the issues that people have, I think it's more that people come in looking for all of their problems to be solved in one visit. Most people are just too medically ignorant to understand that's not possible 99% of the time. Oh and instead of going to another ER when your problems don't magically disappear, try your doctor in his office first. He went to medical school too!