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They are doing a big articles on healthcare hints, etc. But this one was a bit out of line... From Dr. Michael Roizen of the Cleveland Clinic... "In the hospital, designate a friend or... Read More

  1. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from BittyBabyGrower
    They are doing a big articles on healthcare hints, etc. But this one was a bit out of line...

    From Dr. Michael Roizen of the Cleveland Clinic...

    "In the hospital, designate a friend or relative to ask questions or complain. That way, you won't be viewed as a "problem patient" which can often mean less attention from the staff"

    Hello dude, ever heard of HIPPA? Or a PITA family that can mean people will avoid your room even more? Ugh.

    I liked this one too...it doesn't say who suggested it...

    "The first person you meet at the ER is the triage nurse, who decides how quickly you need to be seen. No matter when your problem actually started, never say more than 4 hours ago, it will seem less pressing (but tell the doctor exactly when symptoms began)."

    Man, who writes this stuff???

    Have a response...email ghkletters@hearst.com I believe I will!
    I saw this also. I couldn't believer it ! I did drop him an e-mail. Wonder if I'll hear anything back?
    Last edit by DutchgirlRN on Oct 23, '05
  2. by   mercyteapot
    I got a response to my e-mail, noncommital though it is.

    Thank you for your comments about our November article "What Doctors Wish
    You Knew." The advice on ways to get great care in the emergency room came
    from a doctor who works in the ER of a large teaching hospital and he
    thought it was something that readers might find helpful. Because our
    editors are always interested in feedback from our readers, we'll be
    passing your e-mail along to them for review. Once again, thank you for
    taking the time to share your concerns.

    Susanne Williams
    Consumer & Reader Services
  3. by   Indy
    What, they won't mention the doctor's name? "A doctor" is supposed to be a good enough reference, eh? I would like to know the name because I think that his state's medical licensing authority would be interested in the advice he's giving to a large public.
  4. by   sharann
    I have no qualms about having(or being) the family stay with a patient to keep an eye out. Nurses are not ther only ones entering the patients room. What about those from ancillary depts who might take grandma down for a test(but granny doesn't need a test). I would want my family keeping an eye out for me if I were in my hospital(g-d forbid)because the staffing is so bare bones at times. If the family is HARMFUL its another story. Also, the ER doc who recommend that 4 hour thing is a moron. How about when did your stroke symptoms start maam? Only 4 hours, GREAT!
  5. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from Indy
    What, they won't mention the doctor's name? "A doctor" is supposed to be a good enough reference, eh? I would like to know the name because I think that his state's medical licensing authority would be interested in the advice he's giving to a large public.
    That was the gist of my email to them. I didn't mention the medical board, but I did say that I found it pretty telling that the suggestions were unatrributed. The response was a non-response, as far as I'm concerned. I asked them what they could have been thinking, advising people to lie to their healthcare provider, and all they have to say is that some doctor thought people would appreciate the hints?

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