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nurse destroyd my arm!

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  • Posted By: joevil
  • May 24, 2009
  • 08:01 AM

well im not exaggerating that much

so i go itno UT hospital herei n san anotnio, not only the only trauma ward (no i didn't have trama) for SA, but only place that is semi social medicine so they wont chace after you ify ou say, don't ahve any money

so i got in for pain, this lady is to put an iv with some fluids in it to hydrate me, and she goes to put the adult iv in my left arm (i tell her my right arm is better) and when it goes in somthing crunches, i become in a llot of pain, after a struggle she takes ito ut, somehow it split directly down the middle of the needle!

so she tries again with a new needle, she chruches somthingagain but dosne't break it, so this time she goes to put the liquid in it but as the tap starts it starts to hurt bad, buy the end she gota kid neelde and stuck the arm i told her too!

my arms been bruised for 3 weeks now and is just now getting better

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  • I would report that, as it is my understanding ... after the first "mishap," another person should be called in to do that; obviously, staff is very busy so this is not always feasible ... however, twice is the limit for me as a norm if the one with the needle is snotty anyway. Further, I would only allow one mishap given the experience you describe in your post with someone so thoughtless due to the "I'm better and know more than you" childish attitude. Knowing the best place myself, being this is my body and I have had many sticks as well ... and that knowledge from me is based on my own personal experiences pertaining to my body ... further being disregarded upon my explanation. In that event, upon botching it up after not listening to me to begin with ... I would insist that another nurse do it and NOT let that one have another try. Personally, I have problems with my left arm; still ... I explain and in their "God Complex" thinking ... still look at the left arm and think they will be allowed to control. Doesn't work with me! I tell them, no ... you will absolutely use my right arm because I have had more than plenty of problems when using the left. When it comes to matters such as this, I insist ... and what other people think is none of my business, everyone has an opinion, just like everyone have an anus ... and some even act like one. I'm not there for a personality contest, so they personally think about me is that which I could care less about. That is the occupation they chose, and in that ... there's an understanding that principles are to be placed above personalities. So if they have a problem with that ... TOO BAD! They get paid to do their job, properly and with consideration to/for the patient's needs and personal desires if those can be met ... do they not? Sounds like the one you got was a newbie and just got off of "the orange, or the grapefruit" or something. On the opposite side of my thinking is ... when told or made aware somehow ... I address it and I OFFER my arms to a person new and learning if I am made aware of this, also explaining the right arm is best (I have a very high tolerance for physical pain, having been through so much ... so to help another learn, I suffer a bit more ... for it could be you getting stuck by her later). And here's the story: This happened in a neurologist's office; the young lady was just being trained and I was her very first stick. She had the thoughtfulness to tell me that, and asked if I would mind if she did the blood draw with supervision so she could gain experience ... and also said I could "opt out" if I was not comfortable with that. I thought that was absolutely the most thoughtful and caring thing to do, and I was very impressed, to say the least ... and was willing to be the first and accept pain with agreement to give her four tries and told her how wonderful a person she is for expressing her dilemma with me, the patient, so openly and considerately. She got it right on the very first try, and it was painless! She was so happy, and I was so happy for her ... we had a short little "Hooray" get-together ... and she was left with confidence, knowing she could do this well.
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  • BTW ... I'm so sorry this happened to you, that's pretty darn bad! I have a bit of advice as well; if there are lumps in/on the areas you were stuck ... you should be examined by your GP or PCP. If you had them, but they are gone now ... don't worry about it. Again though, I would send a very kind letter ... in lieu of a phone call, which may be misunderstood and reacted to in a rude fashion if done by phone ... given the experience of "complete disregard" you have already endured. Be very kind by expressing no personal opinion or anger/aggression in the letter, but do share all the details and clarify your feelings that necessitate they be made aware for prevention of future mishaps and disregards for the patient similar to what you experienced there. Management needs to know about this. Simply, upon explanation of the details, very caringly and thoughtfully composed ... remind them to the effect that you are not trying to cause or provoke problems, conflict, or punishment to be rendered ... simply that it be addressed to/with all staff and that you are simply concerned that this may happen to another, or to you, again. So as not to imply you are on a "witch-hunt" and have singled someone out as a target to be punished. Express quite the opposite, being you feel it is important that your awareness and experience should be known to them similar can be prevented in the future ... by that person, or by any other at that facility. What happened to you is wrong ... however, also bear in mind that the "sticker" may be going through something in his/her life and was distracted, stressed, overworked ... similar. We are all human beings, and just like all of us ... the person that did this may have simply been having a difficult and "foggy" day, for whatever reason. However, that does not justify improper care or ethics, so there is no justification being in that chosen occupation and those problems need to be redirected elsewhere during working hours ... but just remember, we are all human and make mistakes. This may not be the norm for that particular person, it may have only happened in your case ... being a "not-so-good" day for that person. It happens, human beings are not always perfect ... and even health care providers go through traumas and difficult life situations, just as we all do.
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