My job is one thing I try not to write about on my blog..there has been the odd entry with regards to my place of employment and the ‘people’ I work with..it is the kind of job that you go to work..do your job and when your day is done..it is done..until the next day....that was until yesterday…
What happened yesterday?..well, my job is to bring patients to the Medical Imaging department for their x-rays and other assorted exams…on average a normal day involves at least 40 transfers…times 5 days a week..200 a week or 1000 in a month…with each patient we are to bring the ‘chart’…I have never lost/misplaced a chart in all the years that I have been doing this job..
that was until yesterday..A ‘stat transfer’ right after lunch..pre-op patient..the operating room was waiting..
I went upstairs to get the patient..it wound up being an isolation case and a bed instead of a wheelchair….wrapped the chart in a towel…put on my gloves and yellow gown on...put the chart on the bed..and waited for my helper…within 20 minutes of arriving in the department..the operating room porters were there to pick her up…and the chart?..no where to be found?..where is it?…did you bring it?..we can’t find it ??
We searched and searched..everywhere you could imagine..in the laundry hampers....on the ward..in the patient room…no chart?..did I really bring it with me??..I felt like I was going crazy?..
The patient went to the O.R waiting area…the surgery wound up being cancelled ..why?..no chart?!!
This chart cannot just walk away?..someone took it and put it somewhere it didn’t belong?…there were numerous phone calls..did you find it????..no results…the ever elusive chart is still ‘AWOL’!!
Fast forward to this morning..this ‘chart losing episode’ was still on my mind…..
I went to the infamous ward of the lost chart…the charge nurse told me that they had found the chart late last night in Emergency Department?…
how did it get there?..no one is ‘owning up’….I was just relieved that it was found…it didn’t get there by itself..someone took it on a trip to Emergency and never paid any attention to the name or the ward!..
The mystery is partially solved…at least the chart was found…and hopefully the patient was able to have her surgery today!
Needless to say I was very careful today..keeping close tabs on all the charts and patients that I was in contact with..not that I am not normally but yesterday was an ‘eye opening’ experience…
I am the one who always thinks..’what if the patient died because of this?..what if the family found out?..what if the media got involved?..I can only hope that this incident will not happen again!!..at least not where I am involved.
a Tucker update…the sores are healing nicely…he still has the two bald patches..the medications are being taken every day…our golden boy is on the mend..and thanks to everyone for the get well wishes!..woof woof!!