It is effecting our local rural community hospital, a personal experience……….
While Hawk was in our rural, community hospital, I got to see up front and personal how the O-Death-Care is effecting our hospital and staff.
During Hawk’s stay in the hospital, I witnessed how Obamacare has already done a number on ours. Our hospital was a great place to be for some medical problems. While it can’t provide surgeries for heart problems and some other serious conditions, there are other ailments that were taken care of and very well. If there is a very serious medical issue that our hospital cannot take care of, those patients are helicoptered down to UK in Lexington.
The hospital staff are now disgruntled where prior to Obama Death Care (ODC), the care, delivery of services, and the amount of helpful personnel were always within reach fast and all the personnel were happy and helpful at all times. As Hawk once said, the hospital was my second home for quite a while with various medical issues I faced. And I was always happy with the care I received.
Now there are only 2 nurses, one for each wing of the patient care rooms. There are barely any LPNs, Aides, and others who are on the floor working.
The hospital had to lay off nurses and others who gave excellent care due to financial problems the hospital is now in. Nurses fled the hospital, some of whom I knew very well as I spent so much time there. I loved them all as they were wonderful to me each stay I had there.
Every nurse stated “they hate ODC”. Each nurse has to wheel a huge machine around to each room so everything done for a patient is recorded and all equipment and medicines have to be scanned into this machine before they can be given to the patient.
For Hawk, the biggest issue was receiving his pain medicine when he was in excruciating pain. The Hawk was never one to complain about pain, but the cancer throughout his body, especially in his bones was horrifying. When one used to have to wait about a couple of minutes to receive one’s pain medication, it now takes up to 20 minutes to an hour.
Hawk would keep asking me, where’s my pain medicine and I had to keep telling him it will be here in a few minutes. It was terrible for me to have to tell him that when I knew it would be longer. Hawk became irritable and upset, which is only natural, but he never complained to the nurse when she finally showed up. I knew the nurse was taking care of many more patients than one nurse can handle and that is so wrong.
When Hawk was in critical care for a couple of days because he was vomiting blood, there were sometimes 2 nurses, most times just one nurse running around trying to get to everyone in that unit. I watched this young woman and wondered how she could stand it as she was bone weary. Each nurse has a 12 hour shift and because of ODC, after each shift, the nurses now spend two more hours inputting data into the ODC machine. That means a 14 hour shift for each nurse.
One nurse in the critical care unit told me that because of ODC, each patient has to rate the care from 1 to 5 on a satisfaction scale. Anything under the 5, the highest mark, and they do not get paid. All because of the new rules under ODC. As this nurse put it there are always some patients who are dissatisfied no matter how hard they try. And I know they did their very best considering what they are up against.
I noticed that there was one woman whose mother was dying and she was constantly complaining about care. I thought to myself that her mother is lucky to be getting the care she is under the circumstances. Since I am so familiar with the staff at the hospital, I felt very bad and sad for the nurses trying to give patient care under the ODC situation. They were doing the best they could. Having been a nurse myself in my early years I never want to complain unless it’s something very serious. I know how hard nurses work and are dead on their feet after their work day and now things have just gotten harder on them. It is a very sad situation.
After 7 days, two student LPNs were on the floor training for about a half day two days a week. Hawk finally got a bath and clean sheets because they were extra help for the nurses who cannot do with all the patients they now have. Overload to the max. These two LPNs told me that Hawk received a bath every day and that shocked me. I knew being there almost all day that he had received no bath. But I also knew how few people were on the floor at any given time and there was no way baths were given for lack of help.
A male nurse came in Hawk’s room one night wheeling the monster ODC machine and told me he couldn’t see how the hospital could stay open with all the new rules and regulations. One mistake and ODC fines them. He said it’s a downhill fight every day under ODC. I felt my heart flutter thinking of our wonderful rural hospital disappearing, but knowing that ODC will be the ruination of our hospital. Then any care one needs would be a very long drive to Lexington to University of KY hospital. That drive could mean life or death for a person having a heart attack. I do think a person in that condition would die before reaching it due to the long distance.
I wrote this just to tell people how ODC is effecting these local, rural hospitals. ODC is more about not getting care whether it’s a doctor or a hospital. The King O has ruined a good health care system and turned it into a nightmare.