Friday, November 20, 2009

Patients need advocates

This is the kind of story that makes all of Canada look bad. One hospital with questionable, dangerous, illogical practices. My Dad had a brain tumour removed. He wasn't capable of much. This man, blind, with heart problems, was released after two day. On the way home he had a stroke and the Emergency crew did not want to readmit him without an EMS crew bringing him in. It is shameful treatment to leave him there for the 3 minutes they said the Emergency staff were arguing with the man's brother.

Stroke victim had trouble getting back into hospital

For more info, read the article.

This is the same hospital where Brian Sinclair died...

The Health Sciences Centre is the same hospital where Brian Sinclair, a 45-year-old double amputee with a speech problem, was found dead in his wheelchair after spending 34 hours in the emergency department waiting room in September 2008.

This really addresses the point that family members must advocate for patients. With underlying heart issues, hospital stays are risky for some. There are many Superbugs out there, and they thrive in hospital, but for someone with a heart condition to be sent home? 

What do you do if you do go home? In Ontario you are eligible for CCAC to send people to your home to give you care. In some instances, people are sent home without enough support in place. In this situation, there are groups who advocate for seniors, for example, to ensure that you have the right level of care. If you need a long-term care home, not a retirement home with little in the way of nursing care, it is your right to stay put. 

Women in my generation are faced with not just one, but potentially two parents or in-laws being home, ill and unable to care for themselves. The stories abound.

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