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LMills
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   Posted 2/21/2009 4:41 PM (GMT -7)   
http://www.newsday.com/news/health/ny-hshepa06-nws,0,2110988.story

Just one more thing to worry about. I know plenty of people who say that being micromanagers may have saved their lives in their hospital because staff was not being attentive enough.

I had a nurse leave me when they had strict orders to monitor every second while I was on my feet in case I fainted. Point being, she didn't listen and I needed her to be there..

And now reports like this. They're not really new, but it's good information to be aware of to protect ourselves. I feel like mistakes of this nature should not occur within modern medical facilities.
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Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
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Valerie3
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   Posted 2/21/2009 5:01 PM (GMT -7)   
It's definitely alarming. I always watch and make sure that I can see what any nurses do with any needles being used on me for this reason, I'm terrified of getting diseases transmitted that way. I have a friend who's best friend got aids from a blood transfusion (recently, too). These things should not happen, especially with properly trained personnel. At one of the hospitals here, they apparently threw a dead baby (a stillborn, but still) out in the laundry and it was found at the laundry facility miles away. Needless to say, I go to a different hospital after hearing that, although it's further away. Scary how irresponsible some people can be with another human being's life in their hands.

LMills
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 1753
   Posted 2/21/2009 6:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Valerie-That is terrible...I don't understand how something like that can happen by mistake, and I cannot fathom a motive. I might see a motive from a vengeful standpoint for things like the hepatitis outbreak, but it leaves me speechless sometimes.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 5 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, prenatal multivitamin, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


Illini
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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 298
   Posted 2/23/2009 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   
It is scary that a nurse/doctor would reuse syringes... that's just greed or laziness. 
 
My sister was once having a blood test, and then a nurse stabbed herself with the needle. The hospital took more blood from my sister for HIV and Hep C tests to make sure the nurse would be OK... and had the audacity to try and charge my family for the tests! 
 
However, getting HIV/AIDS from a blood transfusion is a totally different story. Tests are never, and I mean NEVER, 100% accurate, even if run perfectly they are maybe 99.99%. If someone was recently infected with the virus, their titer is below the sensitivity level of the test anyways. This is exactly why people who engage in high risk behavior either should not donate or at least be honest so their blood will be tossed. I feel very badly for this person, but don't blame the hospital. Blame the jerk that got the disease and chose to donate anyway and/or lied on their questionaire.
July 2007 Drug-Induced Liver Injury
January 2008 Crohn's Ileitis
Currently trying... Enteral Nutrition, Flax Oil, VSL#3, Folic Acid, Vitamin E


annyb
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 62
   Posted 2/23/2009 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   
It is so unfortunate that medical workers are either being over worked and can't keep up with their duties or just don't care anymore. I remember one time, I had to change my own IV bag. Those suckers will hurt if they get completely empty.
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2nd colon resection 1993
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