Hospital Horror Stories?
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January 31, 2022 12:58 am at 12:58 am #2056233
Please, no details of doctors hospitals, V’chulu, but have any of you or a friend of your’s experienced any stories worthy of sharing?January 31, 2022 1:53 am at 1:53 am #2056248HealthParticipant
When working in the ER – I diagnosed Gallstones w/o a CT.January 31, 2022 9:16 am at 9:16 am #2056271mentsch1Participant
Two years ago I was visiting a relative in the hospital when nurses came in to administer an ordered dose of medication. I was then treated to a conversation between the two as to whether or not .5 and the .50 that was written on the orders was the same thing.
Though this story was innocuous my grandfather always checked the meds he was given. He told me that once he caught a decimal mistake. He was about to receive 10x the ordered dose and he was told that if he had not caught the mistake the drug would in all likelihood have killed him.January 31, 2022 9:16 am at 9:16 am #2056279ujmParticipant
Never leave a patient alone in the hospital.January 31, 2022 9:17 am at 9:17 am #2056280GadolhadorahParticipant
B’h, we’ve been healthy but in the course of a brief outpatient ortho procedure I was beyond impressed with the personal care being provided by the nursing and resident staff to the patients I came in contact with. I did not have to go through the ER or ICUs but still had a fairly extensive access to the hospital facilities.
We constantly read about this stuff and see it almost nightly on the evening news but watching the mesiras nefesh of these public health heroes first-hand,was something else. It makes me incredibly angry that some teachers and government employees are still refusing to go back to work in person because of a long list of fears, risk factors etc (some legit) while some nursing and maintenance staff at hospitals making less have been out there in person EVERY DAY from the very beginning of Covid 2 years ago.January 31, 2022 9:57 am at 9:57 am #2056329☕️coffee addictParticipant
I was in a hospital in Eretz Yisrael more than a decade ago because I drank the water at the Kosel (I learned to never do that again) (I thought it was something serious) anyways, I didn’t have money to pay so I told them that I’ll come back tomorrow right when I got back to the place I was staying at they called and said there was bacteria in my blood so I went back and was given a room to stay in without being hooked up to anything and I stayed there for three days and in the end they said it turned out to be there was bacteria in the needle (BH it didn’t go into me)
They charged me $3,000 but the view from my room was beautiful (always look at the bright side!)January 31, 2022 3:58 pm at 3:58 pm #2056418Emunas1Participant
Why no names of hospitals? I know of one particular hospital that is responsible for many deaths. Sharing the name of that hospital might actually be a mitzvah.
My wife has a dying appendix 18 years ago. Severe acute pain for many weeks. Overcrowded hospital kept her in triage alone for five hours. Eventually drive to NJ where they had trouble diagnosing the exact problem but did emergency surgery and took out her appendix which was going gangrene. If she had stayed in the first hospital, we joke that we’d still be waiting (this was 18 years ago). In reality, of course, she would have died.
I know two others who died at the same hospital. One possibly preventable, and one almost certainly preventable.January 31, 2022 5:02 pm at 5:02 pm #2056442RedlegParticipant
Um, .5 and .50 are the same amount.January 31, 2022 5:11 pm at 5:11 pm #20564472scentsParticipant
Um, .5 and .50 are the same amount.”
Yeah, that stood out when I was reading it. He probably meant .5 and 0.05 Which is a significant difference.January 31, 2022 5:13 pm at 5:13 pm #2056450🍫Syag LchochmaParticipant
“Um, .5 and .50 are the same amount.”
I thought his point was that the nurses didn’t seem to know that.January 31, 2022 6:33 pm at 6:33 pm #2056463mentsch1Participant
yes, that was my point
After rolling my eyes at another relative who was there I got involved in the conversation and assured them that it was the same thing
They looked at me and said “are you sure?”. I told them I was, and they administered the drug.
My point was that you aren’t necessarily dealing with the best and the brightest so mistakes will happen
This was a top NYC hospitalJanuary 31, 2022 6:35 pm at 6:35 pm #2056462ParticipantParticipant
huh, emunas? Why don’t you practice what you preach?
With the covid19 insanity there are plenty of horror stories. To quote umm, never leave a patient alone. I heard thirdhand that someone wrote a note that if he dies, it’s not because he can’t breathe, but because of starvation. And many more.January 31, 2022 8:28 pm at 8:28 pm #2056488GadolhadorahParticipant
‘Why no names of hospitals?…”
1. YWN doesn’t want to get sued by posting potentially defamatory allegatons.
2. Anecdotal allegations about medical malpractice, unsupported by rigorous investigation and supporting documentations is really of very little value and potentially dangerous if it results in others relying on that hospital and in need of critical medical care, forego that care after reading about such unsubstantiated allegations.
3. There are government and private website providing hospital ratings using carefully vetted data, their own inspections of those facilities by experts and information on substantiated malpractice claims.
4. Otherwise, its a great idea.January 31, 2022 8:29 pm at 8:29 pm #2056485Abba_SParticipant
.50 mistaken for .05. As a general rule the prescription is written by a doctor who may have a sloppy handwriting. I have found errors where a zero was misinterperted as a decimal. This should have been caught by the pharmacist. Nurses usually don’t question doctor’s orders. Today most prescriptions are ordered by computer and if this was 10 times the usual strength the computer should have questioned it even if the pharmacist wasn’t involved.January 31, 2022 8:30 pm at 8:30 pm #2056484
Emunas1: The reason I opened this thread was not for gossip bichlall, rather out of interest and for others’ interests. If you want to open a new thread spreading warning to people which doctors or hospitals not to use, kol hakavod! I simply didn’t want that under my belt, being that a thread like that can and probably will, lead to lashon hara.
(I don’t wear a belt, but I didn’t want it under my suspender strap anyway.)January 31, 2022 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm #2056501amomParticipant
My brother had an infection on his foot when he was 10 years old. My parents went to a hospital (I wish I could warn everyone which one) and was told they have to amputate his leg. They went to a different hospital and with some medication the infection went away and he lives happily ever after.January 31, 2022 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm #2056508
wow, amom! That’s so scary!February 1, 2022 12:00 am at 12:00 am #2056510🍫Syag LchochmaParticipant
definitely not a troll postFebruary 1, 2022 12:10 am at 12:10 am #2056512amomParticipant
Yeah true story.
We now call that hospital a butcher storeFebruary 1, 2022 12:33 am at 12:33 am #2056517Always_Ask_QuestionsParticipant
>> whether or not .5 and the .50 that was written on the orders was the same thing.
for several people laughing, these are actually not strictly the same:
0.5 means one digit is accurate, 0.50 would mean two digits are accurate (that is NOT 0.51), so should require a more precise measurement. This may be not what the confusion is about, of course.
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