With such great doctors, staff and reputation it boggles my mind as to why the wifi and tv systym barely function! I should sue for raising my blood pressure over such pathetic problem. PLEASE DO SOMETHING... more ABOUT IT!
NMH pulmonologist office tells me that one must go to original pulmonologist to get Medicare approval for third opinion from NMH regarding pulmonary fibrosis. NMH central says one can walk in as Medicare... more is accepted. One has to be careful not to be denied by Medicare as pulmonologist bills approach $10K per visit.
What to do?
I recently had the displeasure of experiencing what the Emergency Room is like at Northwestern. Perhaps, they were awful simply because it was a Sunday and inexperienced people were on call there. However,... more if that's the best they have to offer, they should probably shut down. I had a Tonic-Clonic Seizure for the first time in almost 8 years. I was non-compliant with my medication, so it was completely my fault. My wife was unaware of the fact that I skipped 3 doses in 6 days, so she called 911. Note: My neurologist has been wanting to wean me off meds for over two years. Good thing that I refused her proposition. Although the staff was courteous, they did not listen very well when I asked three separate times for a clean replacement for the I.V. that the paramedic contaminated. He kept apologizing for the sloppy, bloody mess that he was making in the ambulance, so I excused his incompetence. I can't imagine how terrible he is in a life or death situation. I chalked it up to the possibility that that was his first attempt on a live person. I must say, even though the ER staff seemed a bit unknowledgeable, upon arrival I was tended to in a timely fashion. Things went South shortly after that. The nurse said that they don't start "new" I.V.s. Appearantly if you come in with one, regardless of whether or not it is contaminated, they will try to use it to get "clean" blood samples. I explained to the nurse/s and physician/s that I skipped 2 doses due to a toxic feeling I get and 1 because we arrived in the city late Friday evening and I forgot to take my evening dose. The doctor said, "we will give you a 'Boost Drip' if your levels are below the therapeutic range." I asked him how many milligrams? I was astonished when he said "17 Hundred". I replied "17 Hundred! If you administer that at 50 milligrams per minute, that's 34 minutes of Phenytoin directly into my bloodstream. You could stop my heart". He then said, "Well, maybe just a Gram". I told him that I don't think someone my size should be given any more than 7 or 8 hundred milligrams. He asked how much I weigh. I said 182-184. He told me that "We have to convert that to kilograms". I said "Divide 183 by 2 point 2 and you'll have the number. Probably somewhere around 83". This physician appeared to be deficient in remedial arithmetic skills. He never said another word, nor did he return to see me. They sent a different doctor in for the remainder of my 7 plus hour stay. I caught him making a mistake that could have cost me my life. How many times has he ordered too much medication and the victim didn't catch it? John Hopkins University released a study that claims that "Physicians Errors" are the number three killer in our country behind Heart Disease and Cancer respectively. Mistakes by doctors cost more people their lives annual than any other cause except those two that I previously mentioned. Read the study. It's disturbing. They finally started a new I.V. several hours after I pointed out that the medic's initial one was most likely contaminated. They gave me two bags of fluid without asking me how much water I drink. So, I had to urinate over 10 times. I was not dehydrated. The bathroom closest to my stall was infested with drain flies & pipes in the wall were leaking water, so it smelled like mildew. The floor in my stall was filthy all around the baseboards. The one "useable" bathroom didn't have any paper towels so I had to open the door after urinating, wash my hands and then exit the bathroom. They had a "Blow Dryer" in there, but 60% of men and 42% of women do not wash their hands after using the bathroom. An ER with germ and virus infested bathroom door handles? What should have taken 2 1/2 to 3 hours took over 7 due to their incompetence. Also, while at my local post office talking about my experience, I was informed that one of the mail carriers had open heart surgery there and for some reason they left the BP cuff on his arm for over 6 hours. He is suing them & may never be able to use his right arm again. Never go there unless you want to die.
Rate of readmission after discharge from hospital (hospital-wide)
Rate - 18.0% (2% above the national rate)
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