Ditch the Snake Before ER Trip

It's one of several items emergency-room docs don't appreciate seeing
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2008 5:37 AM CST
An ambulance rushes down Broadway in New York's Times Square.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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(Newser) – Yes, your doctor wants to know everything about you. But that doesn't mean he needs to see it, physician Edwin Leap writes on his blog. Here are a few things he'd prefer emergency-room patients leave at home:

  • The snake that bit you: "Irrational? Probably. But phobias are phobias."
  • Anything that comes out either end. Got it?

  • Your sick pet. Hit the vet instead.
  • Your wife and girlfriend/husband and boyfriend—at the same time. "Always a prescription for trouble."
  • A cell phone video camera. No filming other patients.
For the full list of ER no-nos, click the link below.