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Well, gosh. Wouldn't it be nice if the technician would actually READ the forms containing every possible detail about my physical condition that they make me fill out every time I visit?

Then perhaps I wouldn't find out AS HE IS INJECTING THE CONTRAST for my second MRI that I can't breastfeed for 48 hours, and that only because I happened to make a joke about it turning my milk green!

Of course, he then double checked with the radiologist and found that new studies indicated breastfeeding was "probably" okay. But that hardly makes me less upset. My right to informed consent to a procedure was denied today. I should have been told when I made the appointment, not when I got there, not just before the injection, and sure as FUCK not after it's too late to say no!

I left them an angry comment card. Not much else I can do, though, except seethe for a while.



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Sep. 2nd, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
You can report it to his certification board. You can also call the risk manager's office. This probably counts as a patient safety issue, and most hospitals are working really hard to reduce their adverse events. Also complain to the GP who referred you for testing.
Sep. 2nd, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
also, tell your insurance company
Sep. 3rd, 2008 03:20 am (UTC)
I agree, informed consent is a biggie and you can probably frighten them some if you complain to the right person. It's not as big a deal as if a researcher didn't give you full information, but still bad.

I have nothing else specific to say except sorry, that sounds like a terrible experience.
Sep. 2nd, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
Ugh! I hate that kind of medical incompetence. You should have been informed. You might have been able to make a decision then. Decided whether or not to have the procedure. And prepared, such as by expressing milk just before the procedure. Informed consent is a major issue.

I've had some really crappy medical experiences of outright incompetence. This is along those lines.
Sep. 3rd, 2008 04:58 am (UTC)
Onbce you get the results, you could blow the place up
Sep. 3rd, 2008 05:43 am (UTC)
Definately complain. I'm not suggesting you rip them all a new one- but they can't fix something they don't know is WRONG- and that was DEFINATELY wrong! :/

Once you complain, make sure everyone knows you are also telling your GP, etc- so that they're all aware of the same problem AND of the fact that they've all been told now, to please fix the communication issue, as it is serious.
Sep. 3rd, 2008 05:57 am (UTC)
You can report to the hospital/medical facility management/board, and also to the state board of medical examiners.
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