Flaming Mad at Local Hospital!!! - page 2

:angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire Okay, here's what happened. My father's health has been declining rapidly for several weeks now. This morning, my mom could not get him out of bed... Read More

  1. by   jemb
    How awful that your family is being put through all this! I hope that you are able to get through to whatever channels is necessary to get him evaluated and the problems taken care of.

    I understand your anger and frustration (been there, done that), but it would be wise to first focus on your father's physical and medical needs. Just take good notes and follow up the resolution with letters, phone calls, complaints to the CEO, MD and everyone else mentioned above with all the details. (maybe cc to a news source, too).

  2. by   Scavenger'sWife
    I do not have new help or ideas to offer as I think the earlier posters are on the money.

    Just wanted to send {{{HUGZ}}} your way.

    I have had my own enlightening experiences lately with healthcare issues and upon reading the previous postings, I want to thank those who brought up the idea of planning for housing needs. I live in a 2-story and will take the ideas to mind when we do some remodeling this year. Have recently had some probs negotiating stairs and need to address that! Thank you.
  3. by   babs_rn
    You always have the right to have him examined at another hospital.

    Best of luck..
  4. by   Edward,IL
    I have been doing home health for years (US). This is yet another example of poor discharge planning/lack of communication between the providers and the patient's family. I'm sorry it happened.
    This is what ya'll would call "the American way". We're fed a daily diet of this kind of crap.
    Just my opinion.
  5. by   ktwlpn
    THis just blows....I hope heads roll all over that hospital-vent away.As someone else has said-you are SO lucky to have had both of your parents for so long.Now is a good time to find out your parent's wishes and helping then straighten out their affairs-and it sounds like it is time to alter their living arrangements.It's lucky that you and your brother are so close-and your mom and dad are lucky to have you both...Good luck to your whole family-I hope you can channel your anger in a positive way and make sure that this kind of things stops happening at that hospital.....They'll remebemr you....
  6. by   mattsmom81
    I too automatically think UTI when I see sudden confusion in the elderly, so it must be a fairly common occurrence. I imagine the SARS epidemic is distracting for hospital staff, but this is not right to do an elderly previously healthy, independent geri patient this way.

    I agree the facility turfed your Dad way too fast. I hope he completely recovers from this. At his age, often an event like this can be a turning point...so my thoughts are with you if you have to make some difficult decisions down the road.

    It's hard when our parents begin to fail. Hope you have lots of support when that happens, many of us have been there and know its not easy. (((HUGS)))
    Last edit by mattsmom81 on Apr 30, '03
  7. by   New CCU RN
    I would contact administration at that hospital and report the event. Not to be revengeful, but that type of behavior is entirely inappropriate and hopefully not a trend. Your dad is lucky to have such smart children, but someone else's children may not know and things like that can be deadly.
  8. by   Jay-Jay
    Thank you all for your support! A person needs all the encouragement they can get at a time like this.

    To follow up: EGH did not hear from me today. I was far too busy trying to get him admitted to the local hospital my parents have always dealt with. Oh...did I mention the icing on the cake here?? Our very wonderful GP of many many years is currently a PATIENT at this same hospital, having just had a second round of back surgery. Rotten, rotten timing....guess he doesn't know doctors aren't supposed to get sick!

    After numerous calls back and forth, the CCAC case manager finally agreed that the best thing to do was to book an ambutrans to take him to the hospital. First, she called ahead to make sure they were not refusing ambulances, as they were yesterday. They were busy,and we had to wait a long time, but the social worker who had done a geri assessment on Dad a few months ago smoothed the way with a message to the doctor (God BLESS her!) He agreed my Dad should be admitted, then given an emergency placement in LTC.

    I tell ya, one of the hardest things I've EVER had to do in my whole life was to walk out of that ER, and leave him there alone in that little cubicle!

    I would have felt better about it if the nurses had been more attentive to him. One of them did come in to help reposition him so he could use the urinal. Other than that, they never came near him.

    Well, at least they let me in to sit with him. That OTHER hospital wouldn't allow anyone else in the E.R. If they had, yesterday's fiasco never would have happened.
  9. by   nrw350
    THAT IS SICKENING! There is no excuse for the treatment of the elderly that way. I had to go to my HTN doctor today for some lab work and as I was walking in an eldery lady and her daughter-in-law were working hard to get to the door. I would not allow myself to not get the door. Sure enough, had the daughter-in-law taken the time to get the door herself, the elderly lady would have fallen as her knees gave way. They said I did not have to do that, but I insisted that it was no trouble at all, but rather my pleasure. I wish more people repected the elderly...... there are many nice ones out there that I would soon deal with than a lot of younger people today. And I am young myself at early 20's.
  10. by   jemb
    Jane, I've been thinking about you today. Glad you were at least able to get some care for him. How is your mom doing through all this? And, how are you holding up now ?

    I'll keep the positive energy coming your way. :kiss
  11. by   sedate_me_stat
    Originally posted by jemb
    Jane, I've been thinking about you today. Glad you were at least able to get some care for him. How is your mom doing through all this? And, how are you holding up now ?

    I'll keep the positive energy coming your way. :kiss

    could not have said it better myself. Please keep us updated on your father, and I hope that your mother is doing okay. All the best to you and yours.
  12. by   New CCU RN
    Hope things get better for you.
  13. by   amk1964
    what does the discharge planner or floor case manager have to say? sounds like 24-48 hrs of iv antibiotics would've made a world of difference.