I'm not sure which category my question belongs, but during my mom's recent hospital stay the hospital did something that I don't think is right and I'd like others opinions on how to handle this in the future please. My 83 year old dad is the primary caregiver to my 80 year old mother with AD. Recently she fell at home and dad took her to ER where she was admitted for nearly one week. I noticed she was bruised on her arms from the IVs which makes me wonder why in the first place ... but, I went to visit her on the 4th day and noticed a small device on her chest. I asked dad what it was and he answered "Oh, the hospital staff said they had a hard time putting the IV in her arms, so they asked my permission to insert the IV directly into the artery in her heart and I gave them approval." I gasped. I never would have agreed to that. Mom seemed to be doing OK with it, so I didn't pursue it with the staff. She was released home two days later and is doing fine with no apparent negative results, but does anyone know why this was done? Did the hospital ever do this to your loved one? Can anyone provide any insight on what the heck that was, and how to deal with it because I have a bad feeling it will come up again? Thank you.