My son finally got a bed today – at about 1:30 PM.
Because this “system” is so compartmentalized (surgeon hand off to ass’t surgeon who hand off to OR nurses who hand off to recovery room nurses etc), the absolute ONLY way to make sure your needs are met is to ADVOCATE for them. Now, if you’re drugged up with pain medication, how do you do that? It is not possible. Therefore, everyone needs to have an ADVOCATE with them when they go to the hospital.
Ryan is a healthy 21 year old male and that’s all “they” see. What they failed to factor into the decision to deny him a room after surgery is that he has Epilepsy and lack of sleep is a trigger for seizures. They did not factor his inability to sleep into the equation when prioritizing individuals for beds. So naturally if you have six patients waiting for a bed and five out of the six are 70+ year olds, of course your “21 year old male” will take a back seat.
ugh…… for all the money we pour into this stupid system, we are absolutely antiquated in how we provide care.
Everyone should have an advocate when they go to the hospital – EVERYONE. I am absolutely positive that if I hadn’t made my concern known, Ryan would never have gotten a room.