Copy of labs while you are in the hospital

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nikki0294
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   Posted 3/18/2008 3:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I survived my first hospital stay ever (not inlcuding childbirthing).  I asked for a copy of my lab results each day and was told that I can get them when I get out.  Duh!!  I wanted to see them each day to see what was going on.  Doesn't everyone do that???  They looked at me like I had 3 heads.  All I can compare to was the 3 1/2 yrs my daughter was sicke we always received a copy of the labs each morning so when the doctors rounded we could have questions prepared.  My surgeon did end up giving me the labs on the last day so that was very nice of him. 
 
Do you all ask for copies to stay up on your progress in the hospital?
Chris
 
PS-I was also noticing that no one washes their hands anymore but uses the hand sanitizers prior to gloving.  Unfortunately c.difficile is one of those 1% of the germs not killed my Purell or other hand sanitizers.  The only thing that kills it other than bleach is vigorous hand washing under warm water for a duration of time.  Each time I noticed that docs/nurses didn't wash their hands I wanted to scream out but never said anything.  I could tell asking for labs was quite enough.

stkitt
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   Posted 3/18/2008 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   

Nikki,

I never ask for copies but verbal reports of the lab results, which I kept a journal of for my hubby. 

I would suggest that you send a letter to the Lab Department Manager or Infectious Diseases asking your question about the c-diff.  It is a good  question.

I would be interested in what they have to say too.

Take care
Kitt


 
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sjkly
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   Posted 3/18/2008 2:08 PM (GMT -7)   
The nurses don't like it by I just read my chart since they usually leave it hanging off the foot of the bed. The chart belongs to me not to them.
Sj

CrohnieToo
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   Posted 3/18/2008 3:52 PM (GMT -7)   
WRONG. Medical records, procedure results, imaging films, etc. BY LAW belong to the GENERATING FACILITY. Patients in the USA have a LEGAL RIGHT to COPIES of those medical records.

Giggle. You're right about the nurses not liking it when you read your chart!!! I've had my chart ripped out of my hands by a nurse, I've had a nurse almost have a heart attack when she caught me sitting on my bed reading my chart! Giggle. Reminds me of back in the 60s and 70s when heaven forbid the patient should peek and SEE what their BP, PR and temp were as the nurse was writing it down!!!

My last stay in hospital we got into a bit of a discussion about my access to and reading my chart and I had to call for the Patient Advocate ...... the final decision was I could read my chart WITH A NURSE SITTING AT MY SHOULDER to explain things. Say what? My chart, as several times before, ended up being kept at the nurse's desk. Too bad it was the day before my discharge, on a weekend, I would have LOVED to pursue the issue further. Of course, I tend to think the dispute just might have sped up my discharge a bit .... difficult patient and all, you know.
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nikki0294
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   Posted 3/18/2008 5:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I only wanted a copy of my labs for one reason. To check them you see during my weekend stay (my first and I pray only) I had asked for my noon pentasa. It was about 2:00 so I asked again (ofcourse very politely). When the nurse came she handed me a pill in a cup. I asked what it was and she said your potassium. I told her I don't take potassium. She said it must have been low to take it. So ofcourse I did. A 1/2hr later I asked again for the pentassa and she said I gave it to you. I told her no you gave me potassium. I saw the look on her face and I thought she thought I was asking for potassium! UGH!! BTW after reviewing my records my potassium was normal. I didn' t want to cause any issues so I didn't talk about it.

CrohnieToo
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   Posted 3/18/2008 5:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow! THAT one is SCAREY! I know many hospitals have cut back drastically on their nursing staff and the nurse/patient ratio is getting out of hand - but to ASK for a med that is LONG overdue and be given the WRONG med, one not even scripted for you ..... SCAREY as old Billy Heck!!! I don't even blame the nurse so much as I do hospital administrations too overpaid, enamored of equipment and buildings to the detriment of the patients and the care they deserve to receive and pay dearly for by cutting back on the very staff and their wages most critical to their patients lives and health.


Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.

Post Edited (CrohnieToo) : 3/18/2008 6:25:30 PM (GMT-6)


broomhilda
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   Posted 3/18/2008 7:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Our hospital never "hangs" the chart on the foot of the bed...probably because patients like me WOULD read them!  I liked the questionare that the hospital gave me to retrieve my surgical records that asked "For what purpose are you requesting a copy of your records?"  I'm sorry, but that is none of their freakin' business and they only want to know if they are about to get sued!  I would say asking for a written copy of lab results here is not common practice.  Good idea though especially with the level of pain killers most of us have to have during the stay(s).
Glad your potassium levels could absorb the "extra" meds!  What an idiot!
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