Wednesday, April 11, 2007

A Series of Extremely Unfortunate Events

7.00 AM, the new nurse comes to her shift, sees her new patient, he was sleeping, doesn't wake him up.

9.00 AM, a doctor (not me thank God) sees the patient, he was sleeping, doesn't wake him up either.

9.30 AM, same doctor comes back, tries to wake him up, the patient doesn't wake up. His pulses are checked.... no pulses! CPR is started but the patient doesn't wake up. He's pronounced dead.

He was on a heart monitor. The monitor is checked. His heart had stopped at 6 AM. The person sitting at the monitor thought that it was an electrical problem.

The patient has been dead for three and half hours and everyone thought he was sleeping.

I'm disgusted by most medical lawsuits in the US, but this one I cannot complain about.

16 comments:

kinzi said...

Wow. At least in Jordan his room would have been filled with people watching to make sure the staff were doing their job.

Hareega said...

Kinzi you're probably right, however when they discover what happened they'd say it was all "kada' wa kadar"- it was God's will, which I concur with, but they wouldn't seek a punishment for whoever was involved.
Same thing would happen if a drunk driver hit and killed 2 people walking in the street, it would be all "kadaa2 wa kadar"
I hope you know by now what Kadaa2 wa kadar means, that's very important in Jordan

Maioush said...

yeeeeeeee, that's too bad :(
poor thing 3 hours and nobody noticed.. ya 7aram.. how sad is that....

Mohanned Al-arabiat said...

Good you got their before ma 6el3at ree7to, by the way what hospital is that so when I am sick I don't go there:D

kinzi said...

Hareega, thanks for the new vocab. So the '2' is a qaaf?

So really they families of the victims would not be liable? I just wrote a post about this,and got some different answers. It's great to get advice!

Anonymous said...

kinzi: its a hamzah A'

Firas said...

Wow, this is just unbelievable!

This is very bad for the hospital in general.

Anyways, how old was this person who's supposedly watching the screen?Because I think that education all over the world is sinking low! Morons graduate while giving little effort and feeling no responsibility, since it's all about the money, not passion.

Of course in Jordan they would be pissed (Qada o qadr not that common in here...I think) and they might sue the hospital, but here is the thing ,I'm sure after this incident your hospital will introduce a new system, bombard their workers with technical courses and stuff to make sure it won't happen again

Sam said...

o..how sad , poor guy!!! dying all alone and no one even noticing him after his death...

7aki Fadi said...

Hareega: I read your comment on Robas nose post and you made me spill my drink all over.

You are F**KING funny

Anonymous said...

Oh! How pitiful!
I dint expect negligence to such an extent in US! Use to think its more common in my country -India.

Mariam Ayyash said...

ghareeb, am i the only one who noticed something else? i thought, that guy was so peaceful in his death bed they mistakened him to be sleeping... he gotta have been good to have such a peacefully death, they say, death while sleaping is the least painful.. he was determined to leave seems to me :)

Hareega said...

kinzi... yes usually it is
i'll check your post about the families of the victims...

firas... exactly such incident would not pass withoput consequences, someone will be punished!

7aki fadi thanx, and thank you for self-censoring :D

anonymous... yep there's negligence everywhere buddy, I have some Indian doctors with me they tell me some stories about the practice in India, in some places it's great but in other areas you can write a whole book about a one-day experience of being a doctor there!

mariam ayyash... most people look peaceful when they're dead, if such mistakes haven't have happened he wouldn't be dead by now

Anonymous said...

da same anonymous commenter from India..

very true!
Unfortunately! Umm..yah! he is right! If i start up penning down the experiences what I've seen doing my intern at the hospital for the last two years of this medical course- I may turn into 'She-Robin Cook'! (lol)

Oh, between, I liked your blog! You have got this cool style of narration! though, except for those Arabic ones- cos I ain't that good at Arabic.

Hareega said...

anonymous thank you for checking my blog, I have a couple of Indian friends here, and please tell everyone in India about my blog it would be really cool to have an extra one billion visitors :) just kidding :)

Mariam Ayyash said...

well i have to disagree on ur point, if a mistake did not occur, he would still be dead anyway, as a matter of fact, that mistake was his ticket out of here, no excuses, but everything happens for a reason

Hareega said...

How would he be dead anyway?

If he would have been dead anyway maybe we should stop treating patients and stop checking on them?