February 27, 2024 at 12:43 am

Nurse Insisted A Paramedic Take A Patient To The Wrong Hospital, So They Followed Orders And Made Her Look Foolish

by Matthew Gilligan

Source: Reddit/AITA/Unsplash/@yassine_khalfalli

Some people just don’t listen

And you’re about to hear from a paramedic who had to deal with a nurse who thought she knew everything…but they handled it perfectly.

Check out what happened in the story below.

“Please divert to the nearest hospital.” “Okay!”

“I used to work on an ambulance.

They knew the job.

My partner and I had been called to pick up an older guy with severe dementia (he was non-responsive at baseline) because his labs were low or something.

Since he was a vet, he needed to go to the veteran’s hospital. No big deal. We go get him and head off towards the hospital.

This was definitely not an emergency, but I was doing my due diligence.

Is he Alert? Nope.

Are his vitals normal? Not really, but he’s old and this is his normal according to the paperwork.

Any new issues? None.

And then the kicker- is he having a stroke? (Spoiler alert, no.)

To check this, we use the FAST acronym. Face- is his face drooping on one side? Arms- is he noticeably weaker on one side? Speech- is his speech slurred? Time- if these answers are yes, then get to the hospital ASAP.

This dude had zero symptoms of a stroke.

He also couldn’t understand what I was saying to him due to the dementia. At worst, one hand twitched when I asked him to squeeze, but it was a random muscle twitch.

Whatever you say!

So I call up the hospital and give my report to the triage nurse.

When I mention the twitch, she suddenly cuts me off and tells me I have to divert to the nearest hospital, then she hangs up on me.

I check my GPS. They are the nearest hospital. Your wish is my command, nurse lady.

When we pull in, the ER staff was a little confused.

We took the patient into a room and as the doctors and nurses ran around looking like fools, a different nurse came in and asked what was going on.

The nurse spoke up.

I explained it was a simple, non emergency visit because the patient’s lab results were low.

I heard a snide voice in the background saying “that’s the stroke patient I diverted.”

I clarify to the nurse that the patient was definitely not having a stroke.

I explained my reasoning.

Funny how that works…

I showed her the paperwork that proved this was his baseline, and she even redid the FAST test to confirm.

She agreed with me completely, giving a look towards a seat that was suddenly and mysteriously empty.

The patient was able to get the appropriate care at the appropriate facility, and hopefully the nurse would be more likely to listen longer in the future.”

Check out how folks reacted.

One person was impressed with this.

Source: Reddit/AITA

Another individual had a story to tell.

Source: Reddit/AITA

This reader thought she was trying to play the system.

Source: Reddit/AITA

And this individual said this is actually pretty common…

Source: Reddit/AITA

I bet she felt pretty stupid after that.

Nicely done!

Want to read another story where somebody got satisfying revenge? Check out this post about a woman who tracked down a contractor who tried to vanish without a trace.