"Suspected MI - a lucky escape"
About: University Hospital Of North Durham University Hospital Of North Durham Durham DH1 5TW
My mother was admitted to AE early one morning with a suspected heart attack.
The Dr in AE told her she suspected that my mother had indigestion.
I found this very surprising as my mother displayed many classic symptoms of a heart attack - more likely early morning, central chest pain, left arm numbness, nausea and vomiting , together with a strong family history and recent investigations at UHND including moderate/severe angiogram results.
My mother was monitored until taken for XRay when the monitoring was removed. On return from XRay the monitoring was not continued despite this being questioned.
She was moved to RAMAC (opened due to lack of beds) which was manned by a fabulous nurse who looked after 2x 6 beds plus a clueless bank nurse . Still unmonitored until 10pm when test results revealed she had had an MI (surprise,surprise).
She was them immediately put back on monitors and moved to Ward 3 then CCU where there were more staff.
I would like to know in the long period in which she was unmonitored, what would have happened if my mother had a further MI and is it not good practice to keep monitoring until certain. And also how can Drs mistake such clear symptoms and history for indigestion?