The “Ey Yey Yey” (pronounced EYE YEI YEI) syndrome is one that ER docs dread. It refers to a usually middle aged Hispanic female who comes in with nonspecific compliants accompanied by a constant “Ey yey yey! Ey yey yey!” (incidentally, people of different cultures have their own versions of this). 9 times out of 10 is a bunch of nothing – some mild problem amplified by anxiety. It is also know as “Ey Tach” for the eyeyeyeyeyeyeyeyeyeyeyeye that can occur.
However, sometimes they are ey yey yey-ing for real. You can’t just blow them off. Sometimes they have a huge pneumonia, hypoxia, and PCO2 of over 50. However, the first tip off what that her ey yey yey-ing was getting weaker and weaker and weaker…..
Time for a trip to the unit!