ski bum said...
Hi Wolfie. I'm a nurse and an attorney. I have worked in Risk Management and now manage medical malpractice claims for an insurance company. I recommend consulting with a hand surgeon, as your nurse suggested, get the problem taken care of, recover, and then decide if you want to pursue a claim against the hospital. A claim doesn't have to be a lawsuit. You can file a claim and pursue your monetary damages (out of pocket expenses, time off of work..) and "pain and suffering" without an attorney. I think CrohnieToo gave you great advice - don't threaten a lawsuit at this point. The claims consultants in the Risk Management Dept aren't worried about
threats of lawsuits and getting attorneys involved. It's what we do everyday. The statute of limitations to file a lawsuit in the US is two years (at least in Michigan - it may vary state to state). So you have time.
As far as what the metal object is, the only thing I can think of is the needle that is first inserted into the vein that's inside the IV catheter. A piece of that may have broken off. It could have lodged 1.3 cm from the site. But I've never heard of this happening.
If you live in the states and don't have insurance, then that's a whole different matter. In that case, you would likely want to work with the Risk Management Dept to get the procedure done at the hospital's expense.
Good luck. I hope you get that thing out of there soon! SB
Thanks Skibum. The real problem is that the Radiologist who I never saw stated that it was 1.3cm from the IV site. How could he possible know where the IV was?According to my wife the Risk member was being a jerk, my wife was calm and not yelling but just asking what they do about these things. He said that he needs to evaluate the case and talk to the person that put the IV in. How is the IV woman going to remember my name, she must do at least a dozen IV's a day. I think it is the Radiologist lying to protect the hospital, which is wrong.
My wife is going to consult an attorney and see what they recommend to do next. I don't want to do that but I believe they are leaving me no choice.
I have insurance and my deductable is paid so there is no out of pocket expense other than the time I would need off of work which is unknown at this point.
I get a kick out of what the risk member said. He said that the metal must have been in there from some other time and than this IV must of aggravated it. The thing is even if that was the only place I have had IV's was at that hospital. What nurse would put a IV in a bulging hard vein?
Sorry! I'm just really angry. You try to be nice and do the right thing and you get sh#t on. It's not right!!!!
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Post Edited (Wolfie40) : 5/20/2009 5:20:40 AM (GMT-6)