Today’s experience in a local ER
I, unfortunately, had to go to our local emergency room today, at the request of my family doctor. I had a fever and bad cough, and my pulse oximeter reading was often dropping into the mid-80’s. I’m in my 60’s and at higher risk.
Our hospital was screening every visitor/new patient outside the emergency room entrance, and turning away younger folks with simple flu symptoms. I described my symptoms, and showed them a photo of my 84% oxygen level. They immediately handed me a simple surgical mask and rubber gloves, and wrapped me in a thin blanket to stand waiting outside in the cold – probably 10 minutes.
Then they walked me through another entrance, and down a public hallway with unprotected visitors. Turned down another short hall, and into a small isolation area with 3 exam rooms. Hooked me all up and proceeded to take blood, set up an IV, monitor O2, etc. Each staff wore a mask (mostly N-95, but some surgical), a partial clear shield for eye protection (no goggles), nitrile gloves, and a gown that only covered the front and sides of their bodies. Most of their head, neck, back, and legs were exposed.
I watched one nurse repeatedly struggle with her combination mask/eye shield, where she touched her face over and over again. Another nurse lifted her gown to reach into her scrub pocket, pull out a pen, write a note, and then put the pen back into her pocket – without any disinfecting before or after. When I needed to use a toilet, they took me to a public restroom down the hall. (She said it was OK because I was wearing a mask.) ?!?!
There was paper sheet on my exam room door, where every staff was supposed to sign in before working with a potential Covid case. Five staff entered my room, and only 2 of them signed the sheet. Later in the day, after they decided I probably didn’t have Covid-19 (huh?), the nurses stopped wearing protective gowns or eye shields at all in my room.
I won’t go into my health details, but I didn’t have the flu or pneumonia, though blood tests confirmed an infection of some kind. So, after providing breathing therapy and confirming my oxygen levels were at normal levels, they sent me home. But just before that, they tested me for Covid-19. I wasn’t expecting that, as they had kept asking me if I had traveled out of the U.S. or spent close proximity to someone who had. But I told them I lived in a university community where travel is extremely common for hundreds of people. My sister, who lives with me, had recently attended meetings with people that have traveled.
Anyway, after the nasal swab, they told me it would take up to 2 weeks to get the results. I laughed hysterically at that – though it wasn’t funny at all! My sister and I are now on a 2-week lockdown (though we’ve mostly been on one for the last week).
After seeing how poorly our local hospital is handling potential Covid cases, I know that many of the staff are going to get quickly ill when the disease really hits our area. All I can do is pray that neither of us gets sick enough again to need their services – because I don’t think it will be available.
Goodness, Sundancer! First, I’m glad you survived the immediate health crisis that sent you to the ER, and I hope you are on a path to recovery. Secondly, I’m glad you survived the really poor coronavirus infection control treatment you received by these “trained” health care professionals. I know you were very concerned, and understandably so, about the others you may have infected if you do have Covid-2019. But their poor hygiene practices may have exposed you to the virus from other patients and from the workers themselves. Enlightening, but very disconcerting from a personal perspective. I’m sorry you had to go through that!
I hope you are recuperating and that both you and your sister remain Covid-free.
Please keep us posted.
PS: I have to go to the hospital twice this week for unavoidable follow-up doctor visits. I called ahead to confirm their Covid mitigation procedures. Let’s see how well they are implemented.
Got my test results in 48 hours – negative for Covid-19. Thank goodness!
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