I was In the emergency room with sever pressue in my head which I thought was related to a spinal tap. I had recieved pain killers earlier that day that did no good and the er doc said he would see what he could do. The nurse came in and said he had signed for 2 pain killers and benadryl? Anyway I refused and another nurse came in claiming it was the first thing they will do and if not I could leave. I agreed she gave the dose closed my curtain and door and didnt come check, shortly after my puls reached 165 and still no nurse, Shouldnt they have stayed to at least 5 min to watch my reaction to a new med that I had never recieved?
That definitely sounds negligent. Did they have you attached to any monitors for your heart rate or oxygen saturation? Compazine, an antipsychotic, would definitely be a med to monitor when given for the first time especially since it was given intraveniously. Why did they choose Compazine if you had a headache is what I am wondering?
I don't know the rules or working of the hospital you went to but where I live any drug that it given IV or any other route the patient cannot leave, the nurses keep watching the patients, check Blood Pressure and Pulse again and then do it again before the patient leaves, they also give you a paper to sign and they instruct you if you have any problems that you are to return to the emergency room. they usually also contact your doctor or his on call person so that he is aware of the situation, then the send a follow-up report to the primary doctor when he is in his office. I am allergic to Compazine, so you should be watched. but with cutbacks there are many changes, but that does not change what should be done, it's always best to be on the side of safety. Please take care,
Generally they stay to see how you react. If you are hooked up to a heart monitor sometimes they will monitor from the nurses station but if you were having a pulse of 165 someone should have been in there seeing what was going on. Any time the heart goes over 120 bpm it can be dangerous and they should have been in there evaluating. You should complain to the president of the hospital or the medical director. Write a letter regarding your treatment and send it to the president of the hospital or the medical director of the hospital. Be sure you send it certified with that persons name specifically on it so he or she has to sign it themselves that they have received it that way you know that the person did indeed get the letter. You can also file a complaint with the Board of Medical Examiners for the Dr and file a complaint with the State Board of Nursing against the nurse who gave the drug and did not evaluate.
The Boards will investigate but give the person in charge of the hospital like the president or medical director a heads up that you are going to file complaints with the Boards if something is not done to investigate this problem. Give them a chance to deal with it locally first. If the hospital chooses not to do anything then file your complaints with the Boards. Another thing you might choose to do, if you have health insurance, is call your health insurance company and speak to someone about the substandard care provided. The health insurance company will want to know what kind of care they are paying for and may file complaints on your behalf. Good Luck! And good for you for questioning your care. Thank goodness you were not injured. You may save someone elses life by bringing attention to the matter!
I went to boca community hosp with abdominal cramps they gave me compazine and hydromorphone I went into a tardive dystonia coma respitory failure ,doc never came in once in six hrs. Nurse told doc he was aware now I am left with this crazy disease,,compazine horrific drug does not mix with anything! I was on celexa ,1 oxycodone they didnt even look at my file ,i went into black hole for hrs, horrific
I have never had anyone stay in the room with me after recieving a med. It's pretty unrealistic to keep a nurse in the room after every med is given out in the ER. I was always given a call button and they would come back 15-30 min. to see how I was doing. I am allergic to 9 different meds so I just use the call button if I'm having a reaction. It would be different if they gave you the meds and then pushed you out the door but you were in the ER still. In my opinion it's not negligent. Sorry.
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