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Coming to a hospital near you
#1
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,595925,00.html

I realize this is a porn film, one made to make money but just stop and think about what happens while you're unconscious at a hospital.
Think this is not happening, not true? Think again.
While I was in college I watched in horror as a nurse put a lit cigarette into a sedated patient's tracheostomy to see if indeed it would stay lit. I reported this incident and my college withdrew clinicals the next day.

So for me, your family, your friends, check out the hospital that you're checking into. Look in detail about your doctor, surgeon, PA. All this information is available for little or no fee in your area.

Be very aware as to what is going on at your hospital. During my last surgery I caught the scrub breaking scrub twice in less than 10 minutes. I realize I was awake and I knew what I was looking for, but inform yourself. If you're going in for a procedure you have a right to refuse any student scrub, RN or medical student to be present or assisting in the procedure. Once during an aortic aneurism procedure one med student broke scrub (contaminated him/herself, field, instrument, etc) FIVE times before she was thrown out.

Medical students in most teaching hospitals are not taught surgical scrub, field or boundaries. These are things that they have to learn on their own or ask. A scrub student is very much aware of boundaries since they are taught this in college but they are still a student. An RN student has NO business scrubbing in for any surgical procedure but I have had doctors as a student nurse to scrub in with assistance to hold a retractor.

Just informing the masses,

BB
 
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#2
scary isnt it
........I love cats, I just cant eat a whole one by myself......







 
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#3
Since it was in London, don't ever see it happening here though.
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#4
Sure it doesn't, private clinics, private, hospitals, etc. Did I tell you about the surgeon who had his ear piece fall into a patients abdominal cavity, he retrieved it 45 minutes later, just as we were about to close. Well you see, he was busy, tied up. Cell phone ear pieces are cheap. I got chewed out since I jokingly asked if we should add it to the count.
 
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#5
Things like this can happen, and unfortunately do happen. What BB described with the cigarette causes a grave concern in me ... because this was intentionally done whereas the other issue and most issues that I hear about or saw are accidents. One of my cousins died after child birth due to a sponge being left in her after childbirth.. it does happen. In terms of knowing how a hospital, particular doctor, etc is doing, the best way is to locate surveys that are usually posted on line. You can try the Department of Health, OSHA, JACHO, etc for hospital reports. While reading, focus on infection control, returns to the hospital, surgical deaths, etc. For a doctor, you can look up their records through the licensing board for a physician in a particular state... or check with the AMA .. where you can find some information about standards of expectation which you could compare to the numbers that will be put out on the survey reports. The very best way is the hospital's own internal quality improvement reports...however your chances of obtaining this is almost not even there.. most hospitals do post what it is they are doing well, but rarely or never post where they identify issues and where changes are being made. Quality Improvement is an internal tool working towards excellence which simply means creating a higher standard of care for its clients. Thanks BB it was interesting. Red
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
 
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#6
Patients have to do as much as possible to advocate for themselves whether it be in the operating room, or in the doctors office. Mistakes are made.

I don't remember if I posted this at the time it happened, but when I started the seriers of 3-lumbar sympathetic blocks for RSD to my lower extremity, I was admitted to an ambulatory center. Once I filled out all the paperwork, changed into the proper attire and was laying down in the pre-op room waiting for an IV, the nurse came in with a release for me to sign.

This is important!!!!

I read the release and it had the wrong procedure on the wrong side of my body listed. I usually don't read those release with a fine tooth comb but this time I did. I told the nurse. She checked my name tag and said it matched my chart and said she would get the doctor to talk to me before preceeding. About 10 mins. later the Dr. walks in and seemed a little upset. He siad, "I understand you want to talk to me?" Ugh! Yes. The reason is you have the wrong procedure listed on my chart. He grabbed the chart and started reading, then flipping pages. He then asked me what procedure I was here for and when I told him, he said "that is correct." He went on to say that my chart was wrong and showed the nurse what had happened. The dictation started out with me on page 1 but somewhere along the line a "different" patients dictation was added to mine. Clerical error. His whole tune changed and he hand wrote the changes to my chart and had me initial the corrections.

Then when I arrived in the OR, everyone there had been told what had happened and they were joking with me about it. "Have we decided are we working on your left or your right side today? Upper or lower extremity?" I really didn't find it funny, but let it go. Just happy I read the release thoroughly before signing it.

I don't know if you are like me, but I've gone into the pre-op room without my glasses before. Never again!!!!! When in doubt, ask questions.

Thanks BB! Tongue
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#7
I saw the wc doctor last month, at that appointment he orderd an ESI for the lumbar spine, right side.

The ESI was done two weeks ago, it wasn't until after the procedure was done that I realized the ESI was done on the wrong side, left side.

I return to the wc doctor in 2 days and will be place at MMI, already told this at the last appointment.

So much for getting relief.
 
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#8
What makes you think just because the needle was at the right, it didn't reach to the left side nerve?
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#9
My primary read the report and viewed the picture.
 
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#10
Now that would make sense then.
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