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Hospital MAY be Killing YOUR Loved one January 07, 2007 12:41 PM

I sent this notice out in a care2 alert but I want to submit it to a few of my groups to make sure as many people as possible get to read it.

Alert: Hospital MAY be Killing Your loved one  
Focus:HealthAction Request:Think AboutLocation:United States

Many of my friends here on the care2 network already know that just before Christmas my oldest son was in an auto accident. I never thought I'd be thankful for being disabled but since I am I've been able to be by his side almost every day.
 The other day his breathing tube poped out and I was the one who had to put it back in!!! The nurses were all quite busy that night, all the machines by every one's bed were going off constantly. I even got used to the noise. I probably would have ignored the beeps myself if I had not seen the breathing tube pop out myself.
This was not even the thing that had me concerned. The nurse careing for my son that night truly was doing her best. There were quite a few other things concerning me but they were small so I did not speak up.
I was told to buy him high top sneekers for support. The shoes came up missing and there were hospital "booties" there the next day. If the hospital had some thing why did I have to buy sneekers. Where were the sneekers???
I found out that the sneekers were not even being put on his feet and a nurse told another one of his visitors to "Take them home because they were in the way"
I found him pushed all the way over against the right guard rails of the bed once with NO pillow support. Oh the list goes on and on and on.
It was so bad one morning I told a nurse that I wanted to speak with his Dr. and put in a formal complaint on a single nurse, the nurse I was speaking to broke out into a fit and pretty much threatened to throw my son out of their hospital if I didn't like what was going on.
Luckily this story has a happy ending. I was able to meet with the Dr., the head nurse, someone from patient relationships and a couple more hospital employees. After showing them some of the photos I took of the neglect and telling them about what I had witnessed in the past month or so that I've been comming and going, I have noticed a difference in my son's overall condition.
I'm trying to keep this notice as brief as possible because I'd rather be by my sons side than here on the internet.
My point is, if you have a loved one in the hospital please don't just assume he/she is being properly cared for. Don't wait for something major to happen before complaining. If you are concerned SPEAK UP immediatly. Try to be by their side as much and as long as possible, it truly does help.
Thanks for reading, NOW get to the hospital to be by your loved one!

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 January 07, 2007 2:39 PM

So sad but so true.  I do all the "nursing" for our family.  I try to keep any teatments they need at home.  Even for myslef.  I once asked a nurse if they couldn't just leave the IV in so I could go home and have a home health aid come out to check it.

Most hospitals have a policy that anyone needing IV's must stay in the hospital.  This should change since mother's, wices and loved ones could probably handle changing bags once trained. 
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