In February 2006, Emily Jerry, a two-year old child was at a Cleveland hospital to complete her last series of chemotherapy treatment. Her doctor ordered intravenous chemotherapy solution that was filled incorrectly by a pharmacy technician. The prescription called for 1% saline; however, a lethal amount of 23% saline was given instead, causing her to slip into a coma resulting in death. Eric Cropp, who was the supervising pharmacist signed off on the technician’s work despite her informing him that the mixture did not look right; nonetheless, he approved it. The pharmacy was so busy that day and short staffed, which led to a preventable fatal error that changed Eric’s whole life in a matter of seconds.
The family placed Adult D in a residential home which was nearby so that they could visit regularly. Adult D’s general condition soon deteriorated. She was admitted to hospital and then discharged back to the residential home. During this time, she developed pressure ulcers. Following further deterioration, Adult D died in hospital in February 2007.
Then we went back home and my stomach was still aching. My stomach ached so much that I couldn’t even go to school for a week. After staying at home for one week my parents took me to another doctor because they had a feeling that my stomach ache wasn’t just a stomach ache. After the doctor examined my body, the doctor said that I suffered from appendicitis. The next morning at seven o’clock I had an appendectomy at Bungsu Hospital.
The bruise had been there for a few days and was starting to bother me. My mother took me to the pediatrician’s office that sent us for x-rays. My mom received a phone call; this is a day we will never forget. The pediatrician states that I need to be seen up at children’s hospital in Boston by a specialist in Infectious disease. After months of testing and the doctors telling my mom I might have cancer, we finally got an answer.
Upon arrival, the staff were horrified with the news of an at home delivery. They insisted on placing the baby on isolation in the nursery for three days (the child was born outside the hospital) without parental visitation. After a lengthy argument, the staff allowed parental visitation but still placed the child in isolation. Three days later, the woman left the hospital with her baby boy. She stated that her experience with the hospital staff showed her that the hospital had some procedures that needed to be changed.
After two weeks in the hospital, Kate developed an infection that placed her in a coma on a respirator, which is “saving” her for the time being. Another part of this chapter that I found extremely interesting was the reaction of Anna when, after much argument about hockey camp, Sara said, “Anna, don’t make me do this” (269). Anna hotly responds, “Do what, Mom? I don’t make you do anything,” (269) hinting on how, throughout her
We began spending everyday together, it was great. After two years of dating I got pregnant with our beautiful daughter. I got so sick I almost lost her at three months, then again at seven months. I had toxemia so I spent a lot of the time in the hospital. I had to go on independent study because I was bedridden.
She is the most caring and giving woman you could ever meet. This is all why facing the fact that I could possibly loose her so soon was a very scary time in my life. It was a couple years ago, I was about ten or eleven, maybe younger, young enough for my mother to keep my brother and I in the dark about the whole matter until it was almost over. My grandmother was going to the doctors a lot, I thought nothing of it because it was normal with her asthma and other medical conditions. What wasn’t normal was that she was sad, very sad.
* Caring for Elderly Parents | Last July, Julie Baldocchi's mother had a massive stroke and was paralyzed. Baldocchi suddenly had to become a family caregiver, something that she wasn't prepared for. "I was flying by the seat of my pants," says Baldocchi, an employment specialist in San Francisco. Both of her parents are 83, and she knew her father couldn't handle her mother's care. The hospital recommended putting her mother in a nursing home.
For one week prior to her hospital admission she reports being bed bound and “couldn’t even get up to use the restroom”. She stated that at first she was able to get out of bed and use a bucket placed beside the bed as a bedside commode; however, for at least two days before coming to the hospital she could not get up and was urinating in the bed. The primary admitting diagnosis was intractable back pain. Patient also presented with Ambulatory Dysfunction and a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). Patient stated that she has suffered from numerous health issues arising after age 12 and attributes them to an accident she had in which a horse “sat on her and rolled twice”.