Please don't let the experiences of a just a few people stop you from surgery that you need. The folks who get through surgery and have good pain control don't take the time to come online and share...what's to complain about
. That's one of the main reasons all you are finding are negatives.
I had a similar situation ... no pain control which had been ordered by my doctor... and I can assure you that there were nurses who's fannies hit the fan when he found out. I could hear him all the way down the hall. ...lol It's funny now but not when it's happening to you. The conditions you write about
are not only unethical but legally criminal. There is no excuse for a cath being left in so long that there is mold growing!! When I've had problems with health care, or other issues, I've always had good luck writing an old fashion letter. Send it to whoever is in charge of that section of the hospital (if you can find out who it was) , the head of the hospital (always) and your state division of the AMA. Plus each state should have a regulatory board who oversees patient care and an liaison who can help you find what you need if you are having problems.
How do you find the right people to send letters to? Easy!! You can try a quick online search, but the fastest way I know to get the ball rolling is to write all of your local and federal legislators. YEP! They will be fighting over who gets to help you first. Let's be honest...they all want your vote and if they can do anything to make you happy and solve a problem they will do it in hopes of you choosing them come election time. (When our neighborhood had a noise problem from some dirt bikes I email our state representative and he and his wife came to the house to visit, even though he didn't really have much of an answer. It was kind of funny since I never did or have voted for the guy but he did make an effort. I happened to solve the problem on my own. )
But don't sit on the problem at this hospital. Think of how many other people go there daily with these kinds of problems, how many may had died because of lack of proper care....and you can make a difference. Give it a try...nothing to loose. And I'm sure you'll be treated like a queen when you have to go again because the ones who were there before probably aren't there any more...
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