What a nightmare.. My credibility as a nurse was once questioned..
A doctor exclaimed with a loud voice “NURSE ka ba talaga?”. Nagpantig ang mga tenga ko sa aking narinig, nanlalamig, nangingilid ang luha, nanginginig ngunit patuloy ko pa ring pinakitang “KAYA ko to”.
OO, minsan ko ng naranasan ang masigawan at ang malala pa ay “mamura” ng isang manggagamot. Bago pa lang ako noong mga panahong iyon. Isang VIP patient ang natoka sa akin. Matindi ang sakit na nararamdaman with a pain scale of 9/10. Ibig sabihin, di kayang maibsan ng kung anong paraan kundi gamot na DAPAT ay i-order ng doctor.
At first, he responded and then the medication was administered, somehow the pain was relieved but only for few hours. At nagsimula ulit.. mas matindi, mas masakit. It’s ironic na na male yung patient pero mababa ang pain threshold niya. The doctor who was assigned with that patient was not around that time so we tried to contact him again but received no reply. I referred the patient to another physician, but he insisted to contact the admitting doctor. We tried again and still got no reply.
As a VIP, they demanded for a doctor to look at the patient ASAP. And the priority now is to alleviate the pain, severe pain. Another doctor then arrived (not the above mentioned) and he’s a good one. I then asked for his help, his opinion regarding the patient’s condition (kilala din siya ng relatives dahil sila mismo humingi ng tulong). He asked for the patient’s laboratory results, and tada! he got a new diagnosis different from the admitting diagnosis. So the relatives asked him,
“Doc, ano po ba dapat nating gawin?”,
“The patient needs stat operation”, he answered.
Since the admitting physician was not responding, the relatives decided to transfer the patient to another facility. The good doctor coordinated with the other hospital and at once accepted. Consent was then signed for transfer. Everything was prepared, the patient was already at the ground floor when the admitting doctor arrived. Kitang kita sa mga mata ang galit, but the relatives already decided to leave our hospital. And they finally left.
He was angry, he yelled at me with undesirable words. I felt so ashamed for some patient’s watchers heard every word he hurled towards me. I tried to explain my side but he continuously acted as if he’s the victim, and I was the criminal. He was not satisfied, he even ranted with the good doctor. He called us unprofessional.
May point din naman siya because he was the admitting physician kaya dapat siya ang i-consult. Ang tanong: Where was HE when the patient needed him the most? Nowhere to be found …
Anyway, we just heard that when the patient was transferred, stat OR was done. Yipee! The good doctor was right. The patient recuperated and thanked us afterwards. So what’s with the scolding and yelling if in return, the “ patient’s life was saved”.
What a disaster. Tagal ko ding nakarecover. Salamat sa mga taong sa aki’y sumuporta, salamat din sa taong sa aki’y dumusta.
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been inspired since my first article (Taking care of tiny lives) was approved..
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