Okay, so today I was floated to a step down cardiac/surgical unit. Since I hardly ever float, I was given the "easy" crew. I had a AAA, that was 5 days out. Still had an epidural intact. When the surgeon came around, I asked him about the epidural. He said that anything with the epidural that he was going to leave up to the anesthesiologist. If I had any questions to ask him. But before the surgeon left, he said that he really didn't think that the patient would need the epidural for much longer. Half hour passes.....................The anestheisologist shows up, attempt to read the doctors note, (which I hadn't had time to read yet and at that time couldn't make sense of the note) asked me what I thought about the epidural. I told him exactly what the surgeon told me. The anestheisiologist decided to d/c the epidural. I never told the anestheisiologist to pull the catheter or stated that the doc said to pull it. So he pulls out the catheter and tells me that I should call for some oral pain control. I do. The doctor blows up at me asking why the anestheisiologist didn't call him to ask him and asked me who it was. Like I know!!! Later when I read the doctor notes it said something like.... when bowel function returns d/c epidural d/c am. That is what the note stated after deciphering the chicken scratch.
I just want to know when it was decided that we were responsible for the actions of other doctors. Sorry I just had to vent.
BTW the patient ended up finally having the 1st BM 3 hours post removal. So everything really worked out in end.