What's the dumbest thing you've said to a patient?

CPRinProgress

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We had a older woman who spoke no English. I asked the daughter if she could ride in the ambulance to translate. She said yes so I said, "good because I don't speak Spanish."
She gave me a weird look and an LEO turned to me and said, "she is speaking in Polish."
Woops:rofl:
 

TacomaGirl

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Haha, good ones. I can't come up with something right off the bat, but after stand-up 24rs everything is hilarious and funny. I don't know why.
 

Patch Adams

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Any one ever ask hand amputee when getting them on the hospital gurney if they needed a hand?:unsure:
 

Brandon O

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I'm sure i've said many dumb things to patients, but one in particular comes to mind.

As an EMT student my preceptor was showing me how to listen to fetal heart tones. The fetal heart monitor was low on battery and turned off as I was trying to locate the heart tones.I blurted out "I think it's dead" as I still had the probe on her abdomen.

The young girls eyes got huge and my preceptor said "The machine not the baby" and gave me an odd look lol.

You did fetal heart monitoring on the ambulance?
 

NomadicMedic

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My best was while walking into a cardiac arrest. BLS was doing CPR and I wanted a quick story so I said, "Hey guys, what's going on?"

The look from the guys's wife was the pure death stare.

Oops.
 

Brandon O

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My best was while walking into a cardiac arrest. BLS was doing CPR and I wanted a quick story so I said, "Hey guys, what's going on?"

The look from the guys's wife was the pure death stare.

Oops.

"Oh, nothing much. Sup with you?"
 

TransportJockey

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You did fetal heart monitoring on the ambulance?
Fetal heart tones just require a cheap Doppler. But then again our fixed wings have full fetal monitoring capabilities
 

STXmedic

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Fetal heart tones just require a cheap Doppler. But then again our fixed wings have full fetal monitoring capabilities
I just assumed sublime was referring to a hospital rotation... Don't know of any services, at least around here, that carry a Doppler
 

STXmedic

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The fire monkeys use it for blood pressures.
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MackTheKnife

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"Do you want to touch my monkey?"
 

TransportJockey

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harold1981

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I was working in the Caribbean when I brought a young lady from a rear-end collision into the ED and told the triage nurse that she was ''hit from behind" which in that language is synonymous to saying "she was taken from behind". It was kind of embarrasing as the nurse, who is known for her sharp tongue replied: ,,we all do sometimes, but why is she here?''
 

ERDoc

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I had a 20 something woman who was drunk for the first time (supposedly). She was going on about how she didn't feel well and finally grabs my coat and says, "I don't understand why I feel this way." Without thinking about it, I replied, "Ma'am, it's because you are totally ****faced." This was in a room where there was another pt and their family behind a curtain. Luckily they thought it was pretty funny when I went to apologize to them.

I had another drunk lady who was one of those people who gets very emotional, tearful and apologetic when she drinks. She was going on about how bad she felt that she was bothering us and that she didn't want us to hate her. Again, without thinking, I said, "You can't make us hate you more than we already do." I felt bad because she really wasn't that bad of a pt and it wasn't what I meant but luckily she didn't pick up on it, but the nurse in the room did and had to leave so she didn't laugh in front of the pt.
 

Blondee

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In ER clinical trying to make a 8yo feel more comfortable i asked "how was school today?"
it was saturday.
merp..
 
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