Ann Arbor VAMC- worst post-op treatment
Posted in the Detroit Forum
#1 Mar 3, 2014
At the Ann Arbor V.A. hospital I had single bypass heart surgery. The operation went well. I am thankful for the great job of the operating room staff ! However while in the recovery room, my urine catheter (condom type) came off. Still half dazed from the anesthetic, I called for 6 hours for a nurse to bring me a urinal and re-attach my catheter. The nurses "rewarded" my pleas for assistance by closing my room door and ignoring me. After 6 hours I was forced to "reward" the staff by flooding my bed! When two nurses finally entered my room after 6 hours, I could plainly see that they were not at all happy with the mop up job I had left for them. They turned me over on my side to soak up the bed with towels- which was the worst pain I ever experienced in my 70 years of life- having just had my chest torn open and the anesthetic having worn off . Having worked in a hospital recovery room, I know the standard procedure is to monitor, hourly, I.V. input and urine output in the collection bottle. This was ignored in my case.
Before I was discharged, a hospital spokesman came to me and asked me : "Is there any reason why you might consider coming back here at a later date and DOING PHYSICAL HARM to any of our staff ?!" I told her that I am not a violent person when my mind is clear of surgery anesthetic, but at the time I was not being attended to- I may have wished to be able to jump out of my bed and strangle everyone in sight who were wishing me ill !
Now I wonder why she asked me such a question if they have not had patients in the past who felt the had "a score to settle" with the recovery room staff and acted on it !!
I notified TWO V.A. national offices of my experience and have had no replies. I have no idea what I did to deserve such treatment in the recovery room!
My purpose here is to warn others who may find themselves in the Ann Arbor Veterans Administration Medical center RECOVERY ROOM.
I wonder if the fact that my sternum has not fused back together normally after many months and I am still in extreme discomfort and occasional moderate to high pain-has something to do with my sutures coming under extreme stress while being needlessly moved in my bed by those two nurses.
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