Why would you come to the ER for a sunburn? I guess I can stretch the imagination and come up with blistered, throbbing pustules, more in line with scaldings etc., but not really that far. Really? A sunburn? You came in to the ER on a Saturday night at 1am for a sunburn?
I saw this on the ER screen in our system. I usually check it out a couple of times an hour when I’m charge to see if there is anything pending for admission, just so I can give a heads up. But I couldn’t believe that “sunburn” was the chief complaint. I mean, yes, it was a Saturday night, so it was mixed in with the psych holds/SI, ETOH, heroin OD, Alzheimers/AMS, Dr Referral and the typical “just not feeling well” but it blew me away. I’ve had some horrible sunburns and will probably seeing a dermatologist frequently when I’m older anb never thought to go the ER for any of them. Why can’t people just “cowboy up”?
I can’t wait to talk about the needle-phobic patient we had…but can’t right now. I’m waiting for the wife so we can go celebrate our wedding anniversary. I just had to get this off my brain; now I can relax.