Heart breaking. As painful as this is, I am not surprised. I myself being an RN was recently (as a patient) hurt by a medication error. The nurse failed to label the syringes and pushed IV epinephrine 0.3 mg (while I was awake, alert, and oriented). This nurse was supposed to push Benadryl IV and give epinephrine IM. One cannot imagine the horror I felt when that epinephrine went in. My heart felt like exploding, my head, my BP bottom down all the way to 70/30 and I was still conscious trough it all. I don't know how I didn't blacked out. I endured sustained tachycardia for the following 8-10. The chest pain was severe, changed in EKG began immediately. Troponin and D-dimer were elevated.... The emotional pain I endured, been hospitalized for 3 days, while leaving my 3 year old and my family... Luckily, I lived trough it. Youth and having a good heart was on my side, mainly God. I remember praying as it was happening. I felt I was going to code, I asked the nurse: what have you done? The nurse said it was the epi... that is all I heard.
I was admitted, 4 hours later when it all made sense in my head, I asked: Who ordered EPI IV, what was the clinical reasoning behind it? finally, an NP was part of my care: said, I think you deserve to know that there has been a medication error. I asked to speak with management, 2 days letter when still in the hospital, I continued to ask to speak with someone, finally a nurse on the med surg unit helped me file a complaint. 11 days later after much wanting to speak with the ED manager, I finally heard from her. I told her that I wanted to know what happened, and why there was no one in ED who acknowledged the mistake inmediately. Had I not been a nurse and not enquired about it I guess that's how it would be handle. I said to her: "Is that how your facility handles this kind of situations? she replied; No, this is not. It is completely unacceptable. All I wanted was to make sure that you do "something" to make sure this does not happen again. I want to know that patients are safe when they go to your facility. Fortunately, (so far) I have not long-lasting damage to my heart... but I had to live with the horror I felt that one day. I am thankful to be alive and well... the irony of this all is as a nurse I place so much emphasis on patient safety, I go around educating other nurses about the importance of it, I advocate for my patients... and it happened to me.