"Standard of care"
About: Royal Alexandra Hospital / Accident & Emergency Royal Alexandra Hospital Accident & Emergency PA2 9PN
Posted by Xymox (as ),
My mother was admitted to ward 23 of the RAH in mid March with a diagnosis of Septic Arthritis. Subsequently, she was treated with IV Gentamycin; developed Acute Renal Failure; and, was emergently transferred to Glasgow Western Infirmary, three days later (late evening).
I am concerned that this was allowed to happen when Gentamycin is known to be Nephrotoxic, and requires close monitoring of Creatinine clearance (a measure of Renal function). In addition, the fact that she had not passed urine should have clued the Medical/ Nursing staff to the fact that her Renal function was compromised.
Moreover, on Sunday afternoon, when I called (from the USA) to enquire about her condition, I was informed by the medical resident that my mother was doing well; receiving IV Fluids; passing @ 200 cc's of urine/ hour; and, that they were following the advice of the Renal team at the Western.
Accordingly, I was horrified, when a couple of hours later my sister informed me that my mother was being transferred emergently; whilst, the ward doctor suggested I call the Western for an update on my mums' status, when in fact, she was still in the RAH awaiting transfer.
I am appalled at the (lack of) a standard of care of the medical/ nursing professionals looking after my mother; and, worry that this incident will be swept under the carpet to the detriment of others.