People baffle me

  1. Heard another of those "health care horror stories" on the news today. Supposedly, a woman who was having a severe asthma attack in the E.R. said she was ignored by nursing staff during her crisis. The hospital denies this saying she was triaged, determined stable and was told a lot of people were also waiting before she arrived. But wait, here' the best part: She claims she's in such severe distress that she actually called 911 right there in the E.R.!!! They subsequently took her to another hospital where she was treated right away. Now this may sound dense, but if she was in such distress like she claims, why the hell didn't she call 911 to take her to the E.R. in the first place?? I have pretty bad asthma, and I guaran-damn-tee that if I was in bad respiratory distress like that I'd call 911 and have the squad take me in,as they make people ESPECIALLY coming in a squad, with resp. compromise a priority. The whole thing sounds a litttle fishy to me, but maybe I've just become too cynical. What do you think? Weigh in.
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  3. by   angel337
    it sounds very fishy. i smell a pre-planned lawsuit
  4. by   Rena RN 2003
    which news station aired this story?
  5. by   VivaLasViejas
    There's definitely something rotten as far as this story is concerned.....and I don't think it's the care given this particular patient. There have been more than a couple of occasions when I myself landed in the ER with severe asthma sx, and I was always seen right away regardless of how I'd gotten there.

    It's a pity that some people apparently have nothing better to do than to try to catch medical professionals 'neglecting' patients and then seeking publicity for it. :angryfire It just makes it harder on those who have a legitimate beef, and prevents anything real from getting done about short-staffing and high acuity levels.
  6. by   adidas99
    Ah yes...the wonderful world of "let's sue". Ya...$10 says she files a lawsuit, and somehow wins.
    Last edit by adidas99 on Jan 30, '07
  7. by   z's playa
    Quote from warrior woman
    Heard another of those "health care horror stories" on the news today. Supposedly, a woman who was having a severe asthma attack in the E.R. said she was ignored by nursing staff during her crisis. The hospital denies this saying she was triaged, determined stable and was told a lot of people were also waiting before she arrived. But wait, here' the best part: She claims she's in such severe distress that she actually called 911 right there in the E.R.!!! They subsequently took her to another hospital where she was treated right away. Now this may sound dense, but if she was in such distress like she claims, why the hell didn't she call 911 to take her to the E.R. in the first place?? I have pretty bad asthma, and I guaran-damn-tee that if I was in bad respiratory distress like that I'd call 911 and have the squad take me in,as they make people ESPECIALLY coming in a squad, with resp. compromise a priority. The whole thing sounds a litttle fishy to me, but maybe I've just become too cynical. What do you think? Weigh in.

    You never specified if the crisis came on WHILE she was in the ER after being triaged, at which point, she went to the triage to inform of a change in her condition. If she was ignored then it was definitly a deplorable shirking of responsibility on the part of the ER staff. Don't hate me but it makes sense doesn't it? My .02 cents.
    Last edit by z's playa on Jun 5, '04
  8. by   warrior woman
    Quote from z's playa
    You never specified if the crisis came on WHILE she was in the ER after being triaged, at which point, she went to the triage to inform of a change in her condition. If she was ignored then it was definitly a deplorable shirking of responsibility on the part of the ER staff. Don't hate me but it makes sense doesn't it? My .02 cents.
    Sorry for the oversight. She supposedly went to the hospital with resp distress. She was triaged and determined stable by the nursing staff. My guess is she knew that the E.R. was jam packed, so she attempted to jump the line by saying her distress couldn't wait. My contention is she should have called 911 in the first place, so that tx could be started, and that her symptoms would have monitored right off the bat. That's what makes sense to me.
  9. by   AmyLiz
    I agree. I've known a few asthmatics who have gone to the ER and have never had trouble. If it was a minor attack where she just needed a breathing treatment she could've gone to urgent care for that. Cheaper & quicker to get in, usually.

    I'm with you WW. I don't get people either.
  10. by   Dixiedi
    Quote from warrior woman
    Heard another of those "health care horror stories" on the news today. Supposedly, a woman who was having a severe asthma attack in the E.R. said she was ignored by nursing staff during her crisis. The hospital denies this saying she was triaged, determined stable and was told a lot of people were also waiting before she arrived. But wait, here' the best part: She claims she's in such severe distress that she actually called 911 right there in the E.R.!!! They subsequently took her to another hospital where she was treated right away. Now this may sound dense, but if she was in such distress like she claims, why the hell didn't she call 911 to take her to the E.R. in the first place?? I have pretty bad asthma, and I guaran-damn-tee that if I was in bad respiratory distress like that I'd call 911 and have the squad take me in,as they make people ESPECIALLY coming in a squad, with resp. compromise a priority. The whole thing sounds a litttle fishy to me, but maybe I've just become too cynical. What do you think? Weigh in.
    For all of you who think it is the pt who is lawsuit building or whatever don't forget that sometimes triage nurses make mistakes. It could just be that her status was misjudged and then when having a more serious problem after that could not get a nurses attention. It does happen. But I wonder why, if she had the strngth to call 911 why didn't she use that energy to contact somebody at that hosptital. Still sounds fishy, but could have been a little fault on both sides.
  11. by   Havin' A Party!
    Quote from warrior woman
    ... why the hell didn't she call 911 to take her to the E.R. in the first place?...
    Of course, it'll be difficult to determine now... but could her condition have negatively progressed while in the hospital?

    A lot may depend on the second ED's write-up.
  12. by   BBFRN
    I'm wondering how she could even talk to the 911 dispatcher if she was in true respiratory distress.
  13. by   warrior woman
    Quote from lgflamini
    I'm wondering how she could even talk to the 911 dispatcher if she was in true respiratory distress.
    True that's a good point I didn't really consider. However, even if you are in distress that bad, would you trust yourself to drive, or even have yourself driven? In either case,if she passes out you can't help her if you're driving her, and in the alternative if SHE was driving she runs the risk of passing out at the wheel for 02 deprivation. In either case it's an accident waiting to happen. Plus she managed to call 911 from the E.R. Just sounds strange all the way around.
  14. by   z's playa
    Quote from warrior woman
    Sorry for the oversight. She supposedly went to the hospital with resp distress. She was triaged and determined stable by the nursing staff. My guess is she knew that the E.R. was jam packed, so she attempted to jump the line by saying her distress couldn't wait. My contention is she should have called 911 in the first place, so that tx could be started, and that her symptoms would have monitored right off the bat. That's what makes sense to me.
    Makes sense to me too now that you pointed out the other side. Pretty expensive taxi ride. :chuckle

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