Saw a patient from "another town" that had a car wreck and was brought to our
ED with a tib/fib fracture. She had been labeled as having "multiple allergy
syndromes", and was being seen at an alternative medicine clinic in a
neighboring big city.
When told by the Orthopod that she was going to have to have her fracture
pinned, she wanted to know what type of metal he was going to use, as she was
allergic to many of them. He told her "titanium". She refused to agree to the
procedure until she could rub some titanium against her skin to test for any
reaction. As the OR did not have any non-sterile pins/rods, the doc went out to
his car, opened the trunk, and brought back his Great Big Bertha titanium driver
for her to test herself with.....