Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Today's "Reason For Your Visit"

When a patient checks in at our ER, they are asked to fill out a half-sheet of paper with name, phone, SSN, birth date, and "reason for your visit".

Whenever I work triage, I write down the interesting ones and have been building up a list.  Some are funny, some embarrassing, and some just tickle my warped sense of humor.  I try to give the benefit of the doubt.  I know that these people are hurting and just want to be seen, but it still makes me shake my head to see some of the things that patients can come up with.

Thus, my regular (as in whenever I feel like it) series, "Reason For Your Visit."  Please keep in mind that spelling, punctuation, and capitalization are copied directly from the original paper.

So let's get to today's Reason For Your Visit:

Broken Ankle Sprain

This sounds more like a CYA diagnosis.  Just wait until the x-ray results come back and cross off the first or the last word.


Kim said...

Darn, I hate it when I sprain my broken ankle. Major bummer! : D

Also, everyone who ever throws up thinks they have "food poisoning". I don't think anyone has ever come in thinking they had a GI virus.

ShrinkingDoc said...

Tonight: Chapped lips for 2 weeks. It actually was impetigo, so not completely ridiculous like it seemed at first glance.