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Former HRMC doctor's lawsuit claims mistakes led to 2 deaths | ...

There are 135 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Feb 26, 2008, titled Former HRMC doctor's lawsuit claims mistakes led to 2 deaths | .... In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

A patient's intravenous needle was left dripping onto the floor, another patient went without prescribed antibiotics for three days and one woman told a doctor she feared the nursing staff, a former Haywood ...

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Sun2008

Wilkesboro, NC

#1 Feb 26, 2008
They kill my father.
They gave him too much digoxin causing his potassium to drop so low his heart stop beating.
They released him without notifying any of the family and left him along in a room, tied in a chair where he was later found after hours of suffering, slump over and so near death he couldn’t be saved.
One of the staff in ICU told us what had happened. The Digoxin lowered his potassium so low his heat quit beating.
We filed a report with the North Carolina State Medical Board.
don yelton fan 2

Asheville, NC

#3 Feb 27, 2008
the families of these patients will own the hospital when this all comes out good luck to the families someone needs to be brought up on charges
Haywood County native

Auburn, AL

#4 Feb 27, 2008
My sincere sympathies and blessings to the families that have suffered.
When will we hear all the story? How about actual names of the incompetent doctors? Let the people of Haywood hear the real story and ALL of it!!!!!!
Haywood County disgusted

Swannanoa, NC

#5 Feb 27, 2008
My father was in HRMC for some time end of last year. I arrived to visit him and found him to be in the bed ( he was bed riden).His breakfast was in a chair in the corner of his room where if he had wanted to eat he could not reach it. Few days later he was sent home. Doctor told us they was nothing else could be done for him. The next day we had to call 911 to have him taken to another hospital where he was admitted into ICU in that hospital. We feel he was sent home to die because HRMC was scared that his medicare had run out for that year. I am happy to say that God had blessed us and my father is still with us today.
Adam

Hickory, NC

#6 Feb 27, 2008
Sounds like some administrators needs their butts kicked.
EdmundBurke

Asheville, NC

#7 Feb 27, 2008
That only 5 hospitals out of 6000 were decertified is particulary damning, as were the stats on the pharmacy and nurses sleeping on the job. The latter stats suggest pain killer abuse, quite common in the medical community.
I know the truth

Bat Cave, NC

#8 Feb 27, 2008
I totally believe and agree with most of these comments regarding these issues. That is par for the course with HRMC...cant do anything further for your family memeber we can either A)Release them to go back home or B) To go to a nursing home which would you like for us to do? They sure do take their sweet time getting a patient admitted and settled in comfortably (or should I say semi-comfortably)but in a blink of an eye they are ready and have everything all worked up for discharge.
native

Auburn, AL

#9 Feb 27, 2008
It just sounds to me like there needs to be more go than Mr. Rice. It sounds like people need to be replaced . MAybe they can get it all straightened out. It would be hard to have to use that hospital right now. It will take awhile to restore confidence in the place.
resident

Auburn, AL

#10 Feb 27, 2008
Dr Colantonio wrote:
I'm so sorry. How young was your Dad? Sounds terrible. God rest his soul! What is HRMC?
There is still posting going on at "State Investigates Mercy Medical Center After Deaths." My comments begin on Page 13 and will inform you about many facts. If you have any additional questions, please either post them on that blog or e-mail me at [email protected]
Thank you. Dr. Colantonio
Every one should go on line and read about Dr. Colantonio's problem. Same as Haywood County. It is very interesting.
you are an idiot

United States

#11 Feb 27, 2008
Sun2008 wrote:
They kill my father.
They gave him too much digoxin causing his potassium to drop so low his heart stop beating.
They released him without notifying any of the family and left him along in a room, tied in a chair where he was later found after hours of suffering, slump over and so near death he couldn’t be saved.
One of the staff in ICU told us what had happened. The Digoxin lowered his potassium so low his heat quit beating.
We filed a report with the North Carolina State Medical Board.
Digoxin does not have anything to do with potassium levels, that would be the Lasix he was probably on. This simple statement shows you do not know what you are talking about.
Maggie

Denver, NC

#12 Feb 27, 2008
resident wrote:
<quoted text> Every one should go on line and read about Dr. Colantonio's problem. Same as Haywood County. It is very interesting.
I did, and found it very interesting, and you can also go to "Topix" concerning that article. Heck, I didn't know that physician assistants could do invasive procedures. Thanks, Dr. Colantonio!
applehead

Charlotte, NC

#13 Feb 27, 2008
"A leader brings out the best in a team when the team is getting the best from the leader"
know the facts

Sanford, NC

#15 Feb 27, 2008
Sun2008 wrote:
They kill my father.
They gave him too much digoxin causing his potassium to drop so low his heart stop beating.
They released him without notifying any of the family and left him along in a room, tied in a chair where he was later found after hours of suffering, slump over and so near death he couldn’t be saved.
One of the staff in ICU told us what had happened. The Digoxin lowered his potassium so low his heat quit beating.
We filed a report with the North Carolina State Medical Board.
Your complaint probably will not get very far!! Digoxin does not cause a drop in potassium levels. Please have you information straight if you must post these false accusations!

These people who do not understand or have medical knowledge are the reason we have so many vicious rumors. So please consider the sources before passing judgement on the medical staff of HRMC.
oldie

Savannah, GA

#16 Feb 27, 2008
get act together
BuncCyBapt

Asheville, NC

#17 Feb 27, 2008
Sun2008 wrote:
They kill my father.
They gave him too much digoxin causing his potassium to drop so low his heart stop beating.
They released him without notifying any of the family and left him along in a room, tied in a chair where he was later found after hours of suffering, slump over and so near death he couldn’t be saved.
One of the staff in ICU told us what had happened. The Digoxin lowered his potassium so low his heat quit beating.
We filed a report with the North Carolina State Medical Board.
NC State Medical Board is a paper tiger. First thing you should do is find a good medical malpractice lawyer.
resident

Auburn, AL

#18 Feb 27, 2008
you are an idiot wrote:
<quoted text>
Digoxin does not have anything to do with potassium levels, that would be the Lasix he was probably on. This simple statement shows you do not know what you are talking about.
Are you a doctor????? Digoxin can be very dangerous when given to much.
Nursing homes as well

Cullowhee, NC

#19 Feb 27, 2008
There needs to be some investigations done with some of our area nursing homes, especially Mountain Trace here in Sylva. They are pathetic. THe Administration is terrible. Some of the nurses could care less about the patients there. THey need to realize that the patients there are all they have from some families.

I've only had one experience at HMRC and it was an unpleasant one, that was in the ER several years ago. I swore I would never go there again, nor WestCare either.
resident

Auburn, AL

#20 Feb 27, 2008
Nursing homes as well wrote:
There needs to be some investigations done with some of our area nursing homes, especially Mountain Trace here in Sylva. They are pathetic. THe Administration is terrible. Some of the nurses could care less about the patients there. THey need to realize that the patients there are all they have from some families.
I've only had one experience at HMRC and it was an unpleasant one, that was in the ER several years ago. I swore I would never go there again, nor WestCare either.
You are so right!!!!!!
jennifer

United States

#22 Feb 27, 2008
Nursing homes as well wrote:
There needs to be some investigations done with some of our area nursing homes, especially Mountain Trace here in Sylva. They are pathetic. THe Administration is terrible. Some of the nurses could care less about the patients there. THey need to realize that the patients there are all they have from some families.
I've only had one experience at HMRC and it was an unpleasant one, that was in the ER several years ago. I swore I would never go there again, nor WestCare either.
West Care is now trying to unload Mountain Trace. The waiting time in the HRMC emergency room is over six hours and
just check the loading dock and parking area and you will see more cigarette butts litering the ground than are in any ash trays where smoking is permitted. HRMC is supposed to be a smoke free zone. Just try to tell that to the mexicans that crowd the ER on the weekends. HRMC sure needs to be looked at also.
NC Bigmouth

Greer, SC

#23 Feb 27, 2008
I don't know what has happened at Haywood Regional, but it's quite obvious it was something
quite bad. There is a crowd of people running around playing "cover my ***" Whatever it is or whomever is believed, FIX IT or close it!

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