I want to write and state how much I appreciate all the wonderful nurses and our doctor who helped us through my mother's injury and surgery at our local hospital.
However, I ran into something that astounded me. Post-op she was put into her room and then told that there would be a nurse in to get her medication information. After saying that all her medicines were listed during her pre-surgery registration, we found out that they have no ability to transfer that information over from the Pavilion to the main hospital.
What this means is that the nurse was asking my post-op, morphine drip, and coming-out-of-anesthesia mother questions about her medications so the hospital pharmacy could dispense what she is normally taking from home.
Was she able to give the proper names of medications? No!
We had to correct the wrong information that she gave in her fuzzy state.
Fortunately we were there to intervene and save my mother from harm.
It would have been harm. What in the world happens to patients who can't have family by their side when these questions are asked?