Hospital Procedures

@cher8558 (425)
Canada
June 9, 2010 12:51am CST
Hi friends, I recently took my mother-in-law to the emergency room of our local hospital. She had a very bad stroke. We were standing in the Emergency hallway for at least six hours. This was bad enough. Then I noticed the paramedics standing there also. I asked them why they were still there. They said they have to stay with the patient until a bed becomes available. I thought this was absolutely ridiculous. There were at least 8 EMT's waiting in the halls with their patients. That takes four Ambulances off the road. Do you see the logic in that? I sure don't. I am soooo mad about this I don't know what to do. Cheryl
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7 responses
• Philippines
9 Jun 10
Hi Cher. It's a protocol for EMT's to stay with their patient until they are turned over to a doctor because although your already in the hospital it's still their responsibility that the patient is properly breathing and no further harm is done to the patient. Don't worry, there are lot of rescuers and ambulance service on call to help others. Hoping your mother-in-law is better. :)
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• Philippines
9 Jun 10
honey, that's how it normally works really. i've been hospitalized enough to know that they will not change their protocols even in the most urgent of situations...unless you're the president of your country or you own the hospital. you can probably call the hospital beforehand and request for a doctor you know there to help you out. it always helps to have connections.
@lelin1123 (15644)
• Puerto Rico
9 Jun 10
That is plain and otter stupidity. Why do they have to wait for their patients to get a bed. Once in the hospital are they the ones that have to keep monitoring the patient till a bed is available? Is that the problem? If that is what is going on then that is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. What a waste of time for all involved. Which then puts other people in the community in danger if there are not enough EMT's on the road.
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@durgabala (1362)
• India
9 Jun 10
Oh...this is the case in every big hospital. We are regulars to a small and decent one in our neighbourhood. They direct us with a supporting letter to big hospitals for major cases. With the letter its easy to get bed etc. Convey my regards to your MIL, hope she recovers soon......
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• China
9 Jun 10
oh my god ! if you are in china, you must be happy.there is not enough bed for the patient,if you want to have a bed after the operation,you have to predetermine.
@ann101 (519)
• China
9 Jun 10
I only heard that if there are not enough beds in our local hospical,some of pregnant moms have to give birth in the corridor,but I have not seen this situation.If convenient,you can take your mother-in-low to other hospitals,waiting is a painful experience.
@qianyun6 (2069)
• China
9 Jun 10
Things like this are very normal in my country. The beds are always not enough, and many patients are just put in the corridor. Even sometimes going through becomes difficult. There're really too many people and too few medical resources.