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cowlady    Posted 07-13-2004 at 15:11:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
80 yr. old father-in-law returns from hospital last week with new hip and seemingly great health.

Saturday his feet and ankles are swollen and hot to the touch...Call the Dr. He advises going back to hospital. We wait FIVE HOURS as red streaks progress up past his knees.

This is a "first come first served" private hospital that was treating black eyes and broken noses of the drunks from the Polish Festival RIOT.

They finally admitted Dad just in time, (as he came back from original surgery with a staph infection) Had this staph infection reached the hip he would have had to have new hip removed and replaced with about 6 months between surgeries.


p.s. though to my Angels of Mercy at the "other" hospital that saved my son's life this spring, I love you and thank you for your special care and attitude.

sorry! just venting!

Alias    Posted 07-14-2004 at 03:29:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
And...., the health care givers, (if you can call them that) wonder why people are prone to bring about lawsuit. My personal opinion is that not only should the hospitals and doctors face suit but, also, the individuals at the desk. If for nothing else, sue them for "Depraved Indifference".

DigitalMat    Posted 07-13-2004 at 21:33:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Although many doctors around here seem to think differently, YOU are paying them for a service just like when you take your car to be serviced. They owe you service. If you didn't get, take measures like those mentioned to deal with them. It takes a doctor by surprise and sometimes ticks them off when you get educated about your condition, but that is your only defense against being shuffled around in an effort to bring in more patients, thus more money to the office. Make them serve you. It's their job. You are paying through the nose for this, demand good service.

goatmantob    Posted 07-13-2004 at 19:17:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
They are right report it to local/state agency. Inform Hospital Adm./ Hospital Board members. Tell U'r physcian. If the hospital is JCOH serveryed report it to them!! this was a Life theartening Emergency!!!

RichZ    Posted 07-13-2004 at 18:31:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Cowlady, I used to be a hospital inspector for the New York State Dept of Health. Federal law requires hospitals to triage all patients as they come into the ER, before they even take insurance info. You should report this to your local office of your state health dept. They should investigate the situation, and get the hospital to change that policy, or face fines.

Pitch    Posted 07-13-2004 at 16:18:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've never heard of first come first served emergancy care. Every place I've ever been it is a triage situtation.

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