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C ouple.jpg Honey Presentation.jpg http://www.healthcareneglect.com PARTNERING WITH WRHA LESSONS LEARNED FROM PATIENTS & FAMILIES EXPERIENCES IN HEALTH CARE We would like to acknowledge that the perceptions and experiences portrayed here, do not necessarily reflect the practices or quality of care given by many health care professionals. We also acknowledge that many patients & family members have had excellent experiences with the health care system. “My mother died of lung cancer in 1980. From 1976 to 1980 every year Patients’/Families’ her family doctor treated her for pneumonia. X-rays were taken three Concerns out of five times. By the time that she was diagnosed, the tumour in her “I have been sick for 22 years with left lung was large enough to completely block the lung and the tumour Fibromyalgia. When I've gone to the About in the right lung was the size of an orange. I think these should have been seen on the x-rays and investigated, but they were not. Had the hospital with other problems they always say it is Fibromyalgia and do not look for Quality of Care growths been identified in 1976, perhaps my mother would have had a other things. I went to the hospital Emergency for a problem and they said chance to live past the age of 48!” it was nothing just the Fibromyalgia. It ended up being a heart problem that I am still taking meds for.” Incorrect Diagnosis Failure to Diagnose Or Or Treat Treatment Inadequate Interaction Among the Health “My husband’s niece is paralysed Unsatisfactory from the waist down after giving Care Medical Care Incompetence (Lack of birth to her second child because Providers Themselves of an improperly administered Fundamental Skills) epidural. Finally received a settlement seven years later (out of court).” “… In Canada … your Family doctor passes you into the hospital care and a series of disconnected Specialist doctors “do things”, largely in isolation but with little time to co-ordinate things and no time at Lack of Clinical all to pass back findings.” Follow-up Deficient Bedside Care Delayed Treatment & Monitoring of Patients “My grandmother had a foot infection and “ My husband died of meningitis - was given antibiotics that were too strong needlessly. He was told there was “This example pertains to: my wife with Transverse for her--for 6 weeks. She wasn't monitored nothing wrong and sent home from myelitis; my mother with cancer and myself with kidney and it ended up killing both the good and bad the hospital by ambulance because stones. In all cases the nurses or doctors were more bacteria. The last 72 hours of her life, she "he was unfit to travel by private interested with getting me processed and out of the suffered miserably, unable to speak, eat, or vehicle. Thirty-six hours later he fell hospital, or finishing their shift. I had seen nurses gathered move. The specialist at this last hospital was into a coma and later died.” at their station gabbing when my wife needed help. When I so upset with what he'd learned that he asked for assistance they made me feel like I was almost cried. Her death was imminent and interrupting.” unnecessary, and definitely as a result of neglect.” “My wife said to the doctor, “My father is “After emerging from a physiotherapy “They really messed up my 15-year-old daughter having a bad reaction to the medication bath and sitting naked on a chair with no when she was in Riverview Hospital. I’ve and explained to him what was towel, I started to shiver. The nurse came complained for a year and a half--to no avail. happening. He asked my wife, “Are you a along and said to me: “Stop that!” I asked They just do whatever they want and damn the doctor?” My wife said, “No.” He said, her for a towel, and eventually she went consequences to the patient and family.” “Then shut up you are not a doctor.” and got one, at her convenience.” Patients, families & Family Doctors Are Denied Participation: Interpersonal Relationship Skills Generally Lacking In During Patient Care Health Care Providers & In any Investigation And Resolution of an Adverse Event Inability to Interact With Health Care Providers “Seven years ago my father developed angina and was taking medication for the condition. At that time a lot of doctors were anxious to do the balloon procedure, which is so common now. However, I was of the opinion that since he had not had a heart attack, and was able to have fair control of his condition with medication, that they should not “mess with fate”. The upshot of it is that during the procedure, they blocked an artery, which caused him to have a fatal heart attack. I, along with my brother decided to seek assistance form the Patient Advocate who has an office at the hospital. She is a Patient/Family- Registered Nurse, as well as, being a licensed lawyer, who was at that time not practicing either of these professions. I agree that it would seem that she would be well Centred qualified to speak to doctors and nurses and have a good understanding of medical Care Obstacles practices as well as knowing the legal end of it. However, unfortunately, I found her “help” to be next to useless. In retrospect, I guess it’s only obvious that a nurse who works as a patient advocate in a hospital, being paid by the medical system, could only be supportive of her “employers”, and would have nothing to gain from helping me. In any event, my father was dead and she needed her job.” Patient Advocates are Biased Towards the Health Care Institutions They Serve. This Inhibits Effective Interaction When Health Care Concerns, Raised by Patients and/or Families, are Addressed & Resolved Patient/Family- “ I have had three people close to me that died from Centred medical neglect. I also used to work at a hospital and know how things are run, and the staff and doctors even Care Obstacles tried to tell me things that I knew I had the right to, but even then if I tried to step on their toes, how would they treat my family members once I was gone because of this?” Afraid of Backlash - Seeking Involvement Might be Construed as Interference & Thereby Jeopardize Medical Care Distressing Feelings Frustration & Anger About the Over Inadequate “ Should a member of my family be hospitalized for Health Care System a potentially life threatening problem, I would Care Displayed by ensure that someone was with them 24 hours a Health Practitioners Mistrust in the Current Health day. Someone loud and obnoxious who is capable of Care System Leading to chasing down the Doctors and Nurses and annoying Fear of Not Getting Safe Care them enough to take action.” “For over one year this lady who never complained to anyone in her life started to have abdominal pain and back pain. She went to doctors asking for help, the pain was severe. She had to quit her job of 25 years. She was sent to specialists who told her they saw nothing wrong in her x-rays and blamed her pain on depression, causing her to have perhaps some chronic pain and was prescribed Futility & Helplessness In Tylenol #3 and anti-inflammatory pills and of course Prozac. Her pain became so Trying to Address the intolerable that she could hardly get out of bed. She was reportedly brought to the emergency ward of the Riverside Hospital where they simply sent her back Difficulties Encountered “My daughter…was operated on for endometriosis home. Her suffering lasted for a year and a half. One night her son got very which she did not have. The surgeon took out her angry and brought her to emergency again and told them that he was leaving her appendix to justify his operation. She has a case there and no way was he taking her back home to suffer in agony. They finally against the doctors, but not much chance of winning admitted her and within 7 days she died. They discovered at last that she had because she had not kept track of dates.” died of ovarian cancer.” Patients’/Families’ Recommendations The Health Care System Must be “I have also heard some tragic accounts of people sitting in Emergency rooms almost endlessly before to Address the Changed to Prevent Adverse some receptionist calls you up to give them your family history. Can they not delegate at least one Issues Events From Happening qualified Physician to screen or pair off people in need, say into groups for example, according to the seriousness of the complaint. They would be experienced enough for the most part to differentiate between the desperate and the hypochondriac, surely.” Health Care Providers Should be Need for Health Care Held Accountable for Unsatisfactory Patient Care if Their Actions System Changes to Caused Adverse Events Improve Patient Care “… Physicians, nurses and hospitals need to be held accountable for their actions. Many doctors are more concerned with the almighty dollar than the welfare of their patients. Many medical schools admit only those with the highest GPA rather than those An Organization Outside the “Consumers” of the Health Care who would make the best physicians. This is where Health Care System is System are Eager to Contribute to one change should be made. Medical schools need to Needed to Facilitate & Ensure Solutions that will Result train compassionate doctors rather than textbook Effective Change in Improved Patient Care physicians.” “… Urgent and definite need for an independent organization to push for a change for better.” “I had a couple of suggestions to make. The first is the establishment of a “national registry of medical/surgical complaints” which could be implemented as a web site. Using a password to access the site, patients could read complaints about physicians or surgeons or nurses involved in their care. Or they could lodge complaints about things such as unnecessary surgeries, or worse still, incompetent techniques, giving enough of a case history to substantiate the claims. The second would be a requirement that nurses and nursing assistants have a clear demarcation in duties, differing education, and that they be educated to national standards to match the requirements of their job descriptions.” WHERE PATIENTS & FAMILIES ARE CONTRIBUTING IN THE WINNIPEG REGIONAL HEALTH AUTHORITY Patient Safety Advisory Councils Established Patients Included on Medical Walk-Rounds Patients Included on Patient Safety & Quality Research Councils Patients’ Input Utilized in the Redesigning & Lay-out of Hospital Departments Patients Included in Presentations to Medical & Nursing Students Regarding Patient Safety Patient Safety Voice Facilitators Established & Hired Within the Region but Outside the Hospitals to Address Patient Concerns Patients & Family Members Included in Safety Investigations Research Conducted Seeking Patients & Family Members Perspectives/Recommendations to Address Health Care Safety A Network of Patients/Family Members Facilitated to Partner in Implementing Safety Initiatives Mechanisms Created for Patients/Families to Report Adverse Events Legislation Explored Allowing For a Humane Response Subsequent to an Adverse Event (Liability free apology) Health Care Advocates Promoted for each Patient (family members, friends) Patients/Family Members Engaged in Administrative Processes (e.g hiring) The Voices of Demographics Typically “Unheard” (e.g cultural minorities, women, elderly, disabled) Sought Out http://www.healthcareneglect.com Honey Presentation.jpg C ouple.jpg
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