Re: Being seen as a drug seekers these days

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Little Gray Feather
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   Posted 2/27/2017 10:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Suzie, I think it is important to keep this discussion going, as things are getting worse at hospitals and I'd like to keep people up to to date on what I find out.
I need a advocate, as well as every bit of medical proof, and also my Drs opinion, and my pain management Drs opinion, and neurologist. If I need the E/R again, I want to at least be able to be hydrated without a fight.
I need the drug seeking thing taken off my records, bit I don't know how. Board of health? Drs are allowed to put it there, but honestly that makes me sick that it says that. This is something that they are saying in which I could never do. So frustrated (tears sad

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   Posted 2/27/2017 1:31 PM (GMT -7)   
LittleGrayFeather, I suggest that you copy & paste your original post here so members will know what you are talking about. I have to run an errand & will get back with you in a bit. You can click on your name & it will bring up your posts. Thanks.
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   Posted 2/27/2017 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Little Gray Feather, it is highly unlikely, if not impossible, that the comment will be removed from your medical records. The doctor that wrote it has to be the one to edit it. Usually when medical records are edited by a doctor, a correction is made. It may be made next to the mistake or on another page. But, it is rarely, if ever completely removed. What the ER doctor wrote was his professional opinion based on the information he had at the time. It is common for different doctors to have different professional opinions.

You can submit a statement and have it put in those medical records. The problem with those statements is they may be given little or no weight by other providers.
You need to contact the medical records department at the hospital about corrections. Don't be surprised if they are of no help. You might try contacting the Hospital Administrator. But, again, it is highly doubtful you will get what you want. There is no agency you can contract and get what you want because the doctor wrote his professional opinion. A doctors professional opinion is not always right.

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   Posted 2/27/2017 3:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I can feel your utter frustration and deep concerns regarding the ER physician's notation on your medical record calling labeling as narcotic seeking.

You have my empathy and understanding. In my years of chronic ill-health I have a litany of incorrect diagnosis that continue to follow me like fly paper on my medical record. It seems I am constantly having to explain away errant diagnoses to new treating clinicians or physicians.

If hospitals were any other business their sloppy recording keeping and errant opinions would not be tolerated. Technology only enhances the problem. One click of a mouse and errant records are sent and forwarded to new providers without so much as a review for accuracy.

I am a former physical therapist and am well aware of the paperwork flow in healthcare. I took great care to make note of any opinion that I may have had of a patient under the heading "subjective findings" and I was careful to peruse gently in those areas where a finding would have long-term repercussions on a patient (ex. non-compliance; suspected alcohol abuse).

Medical care is increasingly commodity care as opposed to personalized care. If you have a knee with degenerative osteoarthritis, the recommendation is increasingly a total knee replacement where the surgeon follows specific guidelines (critical care pathways) in operative and post-operative care. The physical therapist follows specific rehabilitation guidelines that vary little from patient to patient.

The numbers of patients seen by any single physician in a day has grown (upwards to 20+ patients in some managed care practices) to unreasonable levels. Emergency rooms have become avenues for primary care for those without medical insurance and for those in communities without sufficient primary care practitioners.

The state of healthcare in the US is in grave disarray. Despite the highest spending per capita on healthcare, the US has the lowest quality of care and the lowest access to care of the 12 industrialized nations. Among industrialized and developing nations, the US ranks 32nd - just above Costa Rica.

Add to the distress of the quality of care are situations like yours where you have to be concerned and watchful of what is written in your medical record - and the staying power of words.

OK . . I've vented with you. I wish that receiving healthcare was a more gentle and more caring experience for you. I am genuinely sorry that you have been wronged and labeled inappropriately.
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