What can you do when the patient has no rights? Who do you turn to when everything at the Hospital is just for show? I am passionate about the subject. I am human. I WANT TO LIVE. I had a hospitalization. Thank God for my young adult being a strong inquisitive person remaining in control. No one cares about you any more. Talk to someone, anyone, ask questions, and then really listen! People listen to respond. Many people do not listen to understand. It happens to me all the time. Professionals annoy me the most and it should be different with them. They make decisions in hospitals that affect lives. Walking into the hospital yesterday, this happened a few times.
My Statement - Good afternoon and how are you today?
Answer(s) - Good afternoon and how are you?
Respect should be a two way street, but it is not. I try to show respect and consideration for people. Since my stroke, I look at everything very differently. Putting myself in another persons shoes is even a different way of thinking for me. We have a family member who was in an accident on Friday. This person went to the hospital on Friday and was treated and released. Then something happened and the same person returned to the hospital on Sunday and was admitted in critical condition. It was determined that our family member suffered a stroke.
The Hospital is full of problems. The spouse of this person had a sibling hospitalized a few years back. They tried to see their loved one and was denied visitation. Speaking with this person at that time they expressed how helpless they felt. Nothing changed their visitation situation. Now this same person has the power and is the spouse of the hospitalized person. Denying the patient their sibling visitation. That is the same as the answering the quest with the same question. The stroke victim is the patient not the spouse. The patient has the rights and could not exercise their rights at first.
When a believer in God has been wronged, they pray, forgive, and move on. The non-believer is faster to hold the "eye for an eye" mentality. Many times you do not have to confess that you believe in God, because your actions speak louder than any word you could ever say. Your actions show your personality. The stroke patient doesn't have any tools after a few days of admittance by the hospital or the spouse. The hospital sent the patient home prematurely. The patient returned needing oxygen and additional care while the spouse controlled visitations.
The Hospital States patients have the right to decide who visits them and may designate or restrict specific visitors according to their wishes. The Hospitals Healthcare Network does not restrict, limit or otherwise deny visitation privileges on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability. This does not say the patient's spouse has the right to turn away family. (Get a pre-directive in writing, if you do not get along with their spouse/in-laws for visitation rights.)
Informed Patient Institution
When you have a loved one in a medical situation, do everything that you can to make that person comfortable. Be productive even at a distance and do not stop. We the family have completed many task to be certain that the patient gets proper care. One day you may need someone to fight for your life. Add your visitors list to your medical directive like the DNR. When I visited my primary we discussed this situation. Search your state for the information you need if you are not in Pennsylvania. Leave no stone unturned, your loved ones spouse could be in a cult. No matter what; you plan to be a blessing...
The Pennsylvania Department of Health
The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) licenses Pennsylvania hospitals. This means that the hospitals must meet certain rules and regulations in order to care for patients and receive payment. One function of DOH is to investigate complaints about any place they license. The department received 780 complaints about Pennsylvania hospitals in 2012-2013. After investigating them, DOH staff found that about 20 of the hospital complaints did have problems.
In addition, in 2012-2013, there were 6,441 "serious events" that were reported by hospitals to DOH. These are situations involving care that results in a patient's death or an injury that requires the patient to receive more health care services.
There are several ways that you can file a complaint with DOH:
Call the Pennsylvania Hospital Complaint Hotline: 800-254-5164
PA online complaint form
Mail your Pennsylvania complaint to:
Division of Acute and Ambulatory Care
Health and Welfare Building
625 Forster St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Submitting the complaint: Be as specific as possible about your concern when you are writing your complaint, and make sure you make a copy of what you send. Once DOH receives your complaint, they will send you a letter saying that they have received it. This generally takes a week after they receive it.
Update 9/16/14 The loved one (patient) was hugged by immediate family and happy to do so. The loved one wanted to know why the family had not visited. That is a violation of the loved ones (patient) rights. The nurses heard the loved and ignored the patient. Please read and share to your friends and family. The hospital complaint was filed and the Attorney General Healthcare Division was contacted.
Update 9/24/14 A G Kathleen A Kane - HealthCare Division finally replied to the emergency complaint with the Pennsylvania Bar Association number 1-800-932-0311. Keep in mind they were furnished with more details, full names, the stroke situation, and zip codes. Proper oxygen to the brain and immediate care is important when working with a stroke patient and their rights are of value. In DEFENCE
of Governor Tom Corbett at least when he was Attorney General he helped me with my extenuating circumstance. I appreciate him for that.