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Old 07-21-2014, 09:46 AM   #20391
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One time I was told in the hospital that if I brought in my own meds they would have to keep them at the nurses station and administer them to me. I was afraid they would lose them or mix them up with someone elses, so I let them provide my meds even though I knew they were overcharging for them. Insurance paid it. There was one med I was on that was new and they said they didn't stock that med so I could bring in my own if I wanted to. They let me keep that one at my bedside and I would take it when the nurse brought in my other meds. When they brought my meds I made them tell me what each one was. There's always a chance they could mix them up with another patient. One time they tried to give me an IV bag of a med I never heard of and had not been told I would need it. I refused it, and later found out it was for my room mate. Some people are not in any condition to understand what is being done to them and don't know to ask. I don't ever want to be in that position.
At the hospital I usually go to, the nurses all have a computer on a rolling stand that they bring in every time they come into the room. When they bring your meds, they go over each one as they take it out of the packaging and scan bar codes on each med and the patient's wrist band to make sure you're getting only what you're supposed to get.

Some places have done a lot in the last 10 years or so to reduce medical errors and track everything more efficiently in electronic medical records. I think my area is in the forefront of that because there's one hospital system that has most of the market and they switched to EMR a long time ago. Also, my doctors are faculty at the medical school where I used to work and the hospital system is a big part of the students' training, so they try to keep up to date on best practices.

btw, one of the reasons meds cost so much in the hospital is because they're making up for the cost of free care given to people without health insurance or who are indigent. My doctors' practice and the hospital both provide a lot of free care.
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Old 07-21-2014, 10:03 AM   #20392
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I am allergic to Heparin. When I had my second heart attack, the doctor ignored the red flashing of ALLERGIC on the screen and ordered it anyway. When the nurse hung it up and started the flow, The Pirate saw the word Heparin on it and said in a loud voice, "Ma aren't you allergic to Heparin?" A nurse standing by heard him and rushed over to remove it. It caused quite a stir. The doctor was removed from ER and severely reprimanded, the company that wrote the program for meds was notified and the program was rewritten so that you can not override any flashing notice. And because the dispensing of the meds is tied to the computer system, you can't get the med to be released. It is all computer controlled and bar coded. Poo and I met with the President of BMC and the Director of the ER. They asked me what I wanted done regarded the problem of giving the wrong medicine. I told them I wanted it put on the Record of the Doctor what had happened. The computer notified every facility that had their program of the change, and made sure they got it at no expense to the facility, the new program. I wanted the computer company to absorb the cost. Those were my only two requests. I know having that on the doctor's record could follow him for the rest of his life. But his error and lackadaisical attitude about the whole incident was seen by everyone in the ER. It could have cost me my life. And possibly other patients if he continued to ignore the computer warnings. The President thought that I was being very reasonable and thanked me. About two weeks later I got a hand written letter from him thanking me for my cooperation and understanding. He told me that my two requests had been done. That letter meant more to me. He took the time out of his busy schedule to write to me on his personal stationary. That told me that he really cared about what happened. I wasn't hurt because enough of the Heparin hadn't gone through before it was removed. But I sure was shaken up.
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Old 07-21-2014, 10:07 AM   #20393
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I am allergic to Heparin. When I had my second heart attack, the doctor ignored the red flashing of ALLERGIC on the screen and ordered it anyway. When the nurse hung it up and started the flow, The Pirate saw the word Heparin on it and said in a loud voice, "Ma aren't you allergic to Heparin?" A nurse standing by heard him and rushed over to remove it. It caused quite a stir. The doctor was removed from ER and severely reprimanded, the company that wrote the program for meds was notified and the program was rewritten so that you can not override any flashing notice. And because the dispensing of the meds is tied to the computer system, you can't get the med to be released. It is all computer controlled and bar coded. Poo and I met with the President of BMC and the Director of the ER. They asked me what I wanted done regarded the problem of giving the wrong medicine. I told them I wanted it put on the Record of the Doctor what had happened. The computer notified every facility that had their program of the change, and made sure they got it at no expense to the facility, the new program. I wanted the computer company to absorb the cost. Those were my only two requests. I know having that on the doctor's record could follow him for the rest of his life. But his error and lackadaisical attitude about the whole incident was seen by everyone in the ER. It could have cost me my life. And possibly other patients if he continued to ignore the computer warnings. The President thought that I was being very reasonable and thanked me. About two weeks later I got a hand written letter from him thanking me for my cooperation and understanding. He told me that my two requests had been done. That letter meant more to me. He took the time out of his busy schedule to write to me on his personal stationary. That told me that he really cared about what happened. I wasn't hurt because enough of the Heparin hadn't gone through before it was removed. But I sure was shaken up.
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Old 07-21-2014, 01:21 PM   #20394
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I spent some time doing what I do best...helping others with their emotional problems. My skills (psychology degree, advanced co-counselling skills, developed compassion and intuition) make it easy for me to be able to this and I love alleviating suffering.
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Old 07-21-2014, 01:21 PM   #20395
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Today is going to be rough. I'm meeting all of my late husbands family at the cemetery for grave side services for his dear sweet father. His ashes will be laid to rest between his beloved wife and his son, my husband. My sons will be there for their grandpa and my dear sweet Steve will be by my side. My own parents, brother and nephew are just steps away so I'm stopping on the way to fill the trunk of the car with flowers. Sigh, thanks for listening, I just needed to put it all in words.
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Old 07-21-2014, 01:28 PM   #20396
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Yes Kayelle...of course, a day you must have been dreading. At least it affords some kind of closure and the day may prove quite healing.
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My thoughts are with you, Kayelle. Rough, indeed.
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Wanted a BLT sandwich for lunch. No bacon, so I used some bacon bits that I had. Wasn't too bad.
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(((Hugs Kayelle))), my thoughts are with you too.
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Today is going to be rough. I'm meeting all of my late husbands family at the cemetery for grave side services for his dear sweet father. His ashes will be laid to rest between his beloved wife and his son, my husband. My sons will be there for their grandpa and my dear sweet Steve will be by my side. My own parents, brother and nephew are just steps away so I'm stopping on the way to fill the trunk of the car with flowers. Sigh, thanks for listening, I just needed to put it all in words.
Kayelle everyone needs an . So here's one for you and Steve, and one for your late husband. . Just know that you are being watched over with caring during a difficult time.
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