Wednesday, August 29, 2012

ER Protocol vs. myths

Winchester Memorial refused to send staff out to assist Margaret in bringing her mother-in-law into the hospital. Mrs. Brown was having a heart attack, and the Brown family was unable to lift her out of the family vehicle and get her into the hospital. Hospital staff says it was policy not able to give a stretcher for liability issues.
Momma is immobile and lethargic, and Mr. Brown couldn't lift mom alone.
The staff told them to call 911. And this isn't the first time this has happened.
This policy does not exist. This demonstrates lack of training and ignorance of protocols in emergency rooms.

Hospital staff refuse to aid patient in their parking lot - Ottawa - CBC ...

13 hours ago – An investigation is underway at the hospital in WinchesterOnt., ...Norma Brown91, was suffering heart attack when family asked staff to help

The hospital has launched an investigation into the incident, said Lynn Hall, the hospital's senior vice president of clinical services. Hall was adamant that there was not any policy or practice preventing staff from helping patients get into the hospital.
Woman breaks leg at hospital, told to call ambulance

The situation is similar to an incident at the Greater Niagara General Hospitallast October. In that case, Doreen Wallace broke her leg while inside the hospital and was told to phone for an ambulance.

2 comments:

Annmarie Pipa said...

oh dear! our whole election in the US is about health care reform...Obamacare claims it will be as good as yours.

Jenn Jilks said...

It cannot be! It is totally different than our Canadian system. We don't have fights with insurance companies, but we do have cases of stupidity and ignorance on the part of individual workers.