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Hospitals & HealthCare - Are we really in safe Hands?

Updated on September 15, 2011


I have never liked going to hospitals and on the few occassions I have, I discharged myself early twice because I prefer to be in the comfort of my own home. After what I observed in some hospitals, I have become so fussy about food and hygiene.

Ofcourse no one is perfect, but you can’t but help raise eyebrows when a surgeon forgets a pair of scissors in the stomach of a patient… and there’s more…

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a) Mistakenly giving wrong Medication

Some years ago in St. Mary's Medical Centre, Madison, Wisconsin - A nurse mistakenly gave a pregnant patient a dose of epidural medication in an intravenous line instead of something else.The epidural medication caused a cardiac arrest and the patient died. her baby son survived.

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b) Saline Contamination

In UK, this summer 2011, Stepping hill hospital, Stockport (photo above)was in the news for Saline contamination, in which 7 patients died. Insulin was injected into their saline drips, however this was not an error. Police are treating it as a Crime, as patients had been unlawfully administered insulin.

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c) Bleach found in milk

This week – Sept 2011 the same hospital above, is under another inquiry of how milk got contaminated with bleach. A patient asked for milk and he said he could smell bleach in it – which turned out to be true.

Baby Joshua with his little sister before he died

d) Negligence in Maternity Wards

Furness General Hospital in UK, is currently being investigated. They have been given a warning notice by the Care Quality Commission watchdog. At least 15 newborn babies and 3 mothers have died. A further 38 infants were stillborn. When Joshua’s father went to pick up his dead sons medical records, he was informed they were incomplete. He stated on skynews this week, that there was a cover up.

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e) Removal of Gallstones leading to paralysis

In 2008, Teenager Sophie Tyler was admitted to Birmingham Children's Hospital, UK for surgery to remove gallstones. She was left paralysed from the waist down after a spinal anaesthetic (epidural) was left in too long after an operation. It was mistakently left in for 2 days. The hospitals admission of liability has left the way open for a full settlement, providing Sophie with financial support for the rest of her life.

Sophie Tyler in wheel chair


I hope Sophie does walk again some day – Miracles still happen. •*¨*•✩✬

People go to hospital to get better and some look after their patients but with all that has been in the press recently, I can't help but ask:

...are we really in safe hands?

Wishing you sound health.

Elena.

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    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR

      Elena 

      6 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Andromida - That's true. Not all of them are bad. thanks for sharing your comments. :)

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      syras mamun 

      6 years ago

      All you said is so true.But some doctors are real good and caring.I think doctors need more social and psychological training for entering into professional service.What I think about doctors is that not all the doctors are equally careful when dealing with patients.Thanking you.

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR

      Elena 

      6 years ago from London, UK

      Cheers Harvey...

      Its good to know you have had successful ops.

      I like your new Avatar with your puppy. :)

    • Harvey Stelman profile image

      Harvey Stelman 

      6 years ago from Illinois

      Lady, Hospital's are like any place people work at, the humans are not perfect. In your Hub you are speaking mostly against human error, that will never change.

      I have had 13 operations, and hospital stays. I thank G-D for hospital's, but the patient must question things, as stated above. H

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR

      Elena 

      6 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Ruby - thanks for the tips. You must have enjoyed being a R.N. Glad you stopped. :)

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      It's a sad fact that countless mistakes are made in the hospitals daily. The most important thing a patient can do is ask questions. Before taking a pill, ask what it is, and what it's for, the same for any procedures. In our local hospital, a wrong leg was amputated. Of course a lot of good is done in the hospitals. I spent thirty years as a R.N. So i saw the good and the bad. Great Hub. Thank's

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR

      Elena 

      6 years ago from London, UK

      ** Hi Mentalist Acer - Thanks for stopping. Good to see you.

      ** Cheers Paul - I guess only time will tell. Best Wishes.

      ** Hi Anglnwu - Quality/Safety control should be a priority. Great suggestion. I removed the photo because no one took part in the Poll. As I tend to worry a lot, I was worried maybe people found the photo offensive.

      Thanks. :)

      ** Sue Adams - Totally agree with you. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Juliette Kando FI Chor 

      6 years ago from Andalusia

      Plus all the infections you pick up from bugs in hospitals through a complete lack of outdoor air! Stay well clear of hospitals unless for an absolute emergency.

    • anglnwu profile image

      anglnwu 

      6 years ago

      These horror stories are scary. Negligence can do so much harm. If only, there's quality/safety control for every procedure they do. Rated up. Got to laugh at the last picture.

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      paulgc 

      6 years ago

      Hello Lady_E, very informative hub. Are we safe? only time will tell....

    • Mentalist acer profile image

      Mentalist acer 

      6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      It Seems That Hospitals Have Become Conveyor Lines Unfortunately.;)

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR

      Elena 

      6 years ago from London, UK

      ** Thanks Dexter - Nice of you to stop by. I must pop round to see what's happening with the Obama's in your interesting Hubs. Thanks.

      ** Thanks Dave - I am not attacking them, I'm just bringing to light worrying issues. I guess because we have had so many of these recently in the news in the UK (I only covered a few) it made an impression on me.

      Thanks for stopping.

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      Dave Mathews 

      6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Lady_E: Hospitals are necessary, though we may not like them or to be in them they save lives, more than they take lives. True hospital staff can make mistakes, just like you can just like I can. Sometimes the mistakes are serious and can be harmful or lethal sometimes not.

      I feel it unfair to attack hospitals just because you don't like them or have a phobia about them. They do more good than harm.

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile image

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      6 years ago from United States

      Hi Lady E! Great hub. Yeah, I tend to not like going to hospitals. Luckily, I have never had to stay at one. But it is shocking the number of mistakes that are made. I would not like going in to a hospital walking and coming out paralyzed.

      Thanks for keeping this information in the forefront! Voted up, up and away!

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