Elderly neglect see something, say something, do something.
Part 1: we arrived at hospital met by an er nurse. Appropriate tests were performed but during that time, because age of 94, no aggressive treatment or anticoagulant therapy could be considered. At first, assessment by the staff was attentive until there was nobody!! !I was waiting for a neurologist. When I asked the er physician as to his arrival, he explained that there was no need for a neurologist to see my mother. He had already consulted dr by phone and they decided to get her a bed on a
"Floor" eventually., it seemed like hours that I was left alone to care for my mother. She was thrashing, unresponsive, uncooperative, removing ekg leads, attempting to pull her iv out, and she was soaking wet. Calling for help did not work. Finally, seeing a young man in the hallway, I asked for an underpad and sheets that I could not find in the room. Fact: the hospital does not provide under pads that protect a patient's skin integrity, as well as provide basic needs, such as comfort from not being left soaking wet on a gurney.. The young man did not stop and offer to help me/ he simply stated. "We don't have chux pads in the er.", and went on his way. Not being able to leave my mother's side and not having my cell phone, I was having a great deal of difficulty managing my mom and began to panic. Finally, I was able to move her cart close enough to the phone on the wall to call my daughter in ny, my husband at work, and my other daughter picking up her son at school. I needed help!!! Holding my mother down, trying to replace the ekg leads, and preventing her from pulling out the iv was wearing on me. It seemed as though that once it was determined that my mother was not a candidate for anticoagulant therapy, she was cast aside as an old woman with a stroke who didn't need emergent care and has already "...;lived a long productive life." , no one has to depend on simply what I claim. I'd like to see if the hospital can produce a continuous ekg reading on frances chishoim. No one entered our er room again until I demanded to have my mother transferred to wesley medical center. Finally, I called out for my mother to be transferred to wesley medical center. It was only then that a nurse entered to explain that they would not transfer her her to wesley. Why? She was stable enough to be left alone unmonitored and her needs ignored by nursing and medical staff.. It was okay for her to lie in her own urine and ignore my pleas for help, as well as calls from my family in Mississippi and in new york. Was there some serious trauma case being attended? Noooo!!!! Prior to getting the er physician back to the room, I got the attention of a nursing student who was unable to help me with the ekg leads, finding new ones or gathering linen to allow my mother to feel clean and dry. However, she did disclose that "The nurse" and "Doctor" were at the desk, and was nice enough to let them know that I wanted my mother transferred to wesley medical center.
As dr jennings refused the transfer without any rationale offerred, I exclaimed." I'm exhausted and cannot provide the care she needs entirely by myself. My mother did not want to come here ever. But you all claim that wesley can't care for her. You stated that they are not certified. What are you doing for my mother? Where is this neurologist?.My mother is soaking wet with no leads on to monitor her vital signs. Unresponsive, with no monitoring, and I'm left to provide care to your patient????" dr repeated that medical center was not certified to care for my mother and that a bed would be assigned to her eventually,.Providing her the appropriate care. Again, my mother's wishes were disregarded. Finally, I exclaimed, "You told me with that pathetic look on your face that my mother seems to have lived a long and productive life and that no neurologist needed to assess her? A neurologist doesn't need to evaluate a cva patient??? I'm taking my mother out of here! We were next door to wesley and I told all repeatedly that my mother never wanted to be taken to this hospital. I went against her wishes because "The experts" at the hosptial lwould be waiting for her. What experts?, I am exhausted and she needs care!!"
I called my husband to get to hospital immediately he arrived and looking very pale suddenly, he reluctantly picked up my poor mother, still attached to wires and tubes tangled. And caught on the cart's side rails, as the staff stood there and watched!!! My husband placed my mother in his "Truck" and we arrived to be greeted by a team of nurses and neurologist, dr. At medical center emergency room. Oh, the only call out as we were carrying my mother out was, "Wesley is not certified to care for your mother."
Frances was admitted to medical center receiving immediate care from er to icu.