Family sues Mad River Hospital over exam

A McKinleyville family is suing Mad River Community Hospital after a radiology technician allegedly overexposed their 2-year-old son to radiation during a test, leaving the boy with "radiation burns and ... Full Story
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Sueblackballedct tech

Philadelphia, PA

#148 Oct 21, 2009
radioactive man wrote:
a girl doing a mans job.
Funny men make up ten to twenty percent of rad tech work force...
Socal

Eureka, CA

#149 Oct 23, 2009
Arcata born wrote:
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THAT'S NOT TRUE AT ALL! She WAS terminated immediately. It's sad when people act like they know what they're talking about and in the end make themselves look like as ****. I hate to see this great hospital get poor publicity over something this IDIOT did.
"Great Hospital???" Please. When I worked there for a very short time (and quit), they made false promises, A lot of the people that were there were waaaay "out there." Maybe you are one of them. I bet if it was your child, you wouldn't feel the same. I hope this family gets every last cent that they are suing for and more. It's terrible to take your child to the hospital and put his life in the hands of so called "professionals" and have this happen.
treehugger

Enid, OK

#150 Oct 30, 2009
They get money for doing x-rays. It makes doctors and hospitals extremely pro-xray to where you have to be careful that tests are not duplicated by specialists you are referred to from other specialists you were referred to. I got an mri at Mad River, and there was a doctor I never saw who (according to the technician) ordered a repeat of the mri. Later, I found the mri was a high level of x-ray, and I would not have gone through with it, but just tried to heal on my own if I had known that. Once you are in the medical setting, and injured or sick, it can be confusing.
treehugger

Enid, OK

#151 Oct 30, 2009
Can someone inform me about the saliva test for breast cancer? As far as I know, it is not being done because it would spoil the lucrative industry of the 6 to 10 xrays done as mammograms. It is being studied since 2000. It measures proteins in your saliva. Oddly, they talk of DENTISTS (???) administering this (spit-in-a-cup) exam which is purported to be way more accurate than a mammogram.
Rodger Wilco

Alameda, CA

#152 Oct 30, 2009
Use your tongue.
treehugger wrote:
Can someone inform me about the saliva test for breast cancer? As far as I know, it is not being done because it would spoil the lucrative industry of the 6 to 10 xrays done as mammograms. It is being studied since 2000. It measures proteins in your saliva. Oddly, they talk of DENTISTS (???) administering this (spit-in-a-cup) exam which is purported to be way more accurate than a mammogram.
Boomer Girl

Arcata, CA

#153 Oct 30, 2009
People have terrible things to say about every hospital in Humboldt county and then there are those who have only good things to say. I have had surgeries and babies at both Mad River and St. Joes. Maybe the inept employees were off the days I was there cause I have only good things to say about both places. Great concern, care.
not a ct tech

Menlo Park, CA

#154 Jul 22, 2010
As a tech whom doesn't perform CT I am sometimes perplexed to see CT exams performed on infants. Even the CT techs are not happy with the orders from the DR. The amount of radiation is not good for an infant at that age even so, the Dr's sometime order the exams to cover their butts. If the exam is done in the evening as they often are then the films are not read in the hospital but sent out by modem to be read elsewhere. Another way the ER Dr's might pass the buck if they are unsure. kids do not stay still especially lying on a table in a strange place even if asked to. Drugs are not given to sedate a pt at that young age so it's not always possible to sedate a pt. If I was a parent I would seriously consider refusing a CT scan on an infant. The parent has the power to refuse the exam! And most parents 99% are there when the exam is being done! If the exam is not working out due to the pt's moving then stop the exam! It is not possible to drug the child due to risk complications. So the quick fix just drug the pt does NOT fly here! IF the pt was scanned 7 times the parent should have stepped in long ago. Utimately, the pt can stop the exam or parent. Many infants are scanned in my opinion needlessly! And even for headaches! Back in the day parents were less prone to bring in a chlld for treatment at the drop of a hat. But nowadays medical exams are performed for the most superflucious reasons! ER's are being used as a clinic! And they wonder why med costs are so high.
Competent X-ray Tech

Lewes, DE

#155 Aug 19, 2010
treehugger wrote:
They get money for doing x-rays. It makes doctors and hospitals extremely pro-xray to where you have to be careful that tests are not duplicated by specialists you are referred to from other specialists you were referred to. I got an mri at Mad River, and there was a doctor I never saw who (according to the technician) ordered a repeat of the mri. Later, I found the mri was a high level of x-ray, and I would not have gone through with it, but just tried to heal on my own if I had known that. Once you are in the medical setting, and injured or sick, it can be confusing.
You obviously do not know what you are talking about because an MRI exam contains absolutely ZERO radiation.
joe cusimano

Hensley, WV

#156 Jun 29, 2011
i have worked at MRCH in the 70's good people and tight family sense. not any more. i was misdiagnosed for a stroke that left me partially paralized in left hand, and charged a fortune for their services. iwent to S.F. to V.A. hospital and immediately sent for MRI and surgery for carotid occlusions. Could have died before mad river would have got me a stat MRI to find out what was really wrong am seeking legal advice at the moment.
vanessa

Tulsa, OK

#157 Oct 13, 2011
Welcome to your new America
Wong Ching Xo

San Pablo, CA

#158 Oct 13, 2011
vanessa wrote:
Welcome to your new America
Welcome to The New China bich!
I just had my last horror

Eureka, CA

#159 Nov 3, 2011
I went to mad river a few days ago. I had a er physician arrogantly tell me that he would not run a blood test on me because I could not tell him exactly why I knew it would get to the bottom of what was wrong with me. After being discharged I was taken to st Josephs hospital and was diagnosed with a major leg infection. Totally missed because of the arrogance of a doctor there. This has happened before and I don't know what it will take to get their attention that they have a major problem at their facility! Maybe someone should sue them. If i did I would donate any winnings to st Josephs health foundation.
Boomerang

Eureka, CA

#160 Feb 23, 2013
@ajj are you sure you don't work for MRH??
Dr X

Hayward, CA

#161 Feb 25, 2013
Mad River Hospital SUCKS! If you go in, you won't come out.

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