Cornwall ON – Isn’t it horrible when you dread going to a hospital whether as a patient or for a loved one or friend? I got the call Monday morning. Heart attack. The person called 911 and made it to the hospital quickly where two angioplasties were inserted into the artery and the flow of blood returned.
15, 20, 25 years ago and this person would most likely have died and this simple and now routine procedure had them up and walking within hours. Amazing.
So as I enter the hospital I lather up with the antiseptic at the entrance and walk through the crowded emergency room. All is not well in our hospitals (this one was in Montreal) and if you look closely you can see some of the issues.
First off most of the people I saw in the emergency didn’t really look like they belonged there. Now I know I’m not a MD, but I’m not a dumb dumb either.
Reading hospital materials while spending hours waiting I read how the hospital has banned staff from wearing jewelry while on duty to protect the spread of super bugs. Nurse in our room was wearing multiple rings.
The other patient in the room had over eight children, and I do mean children, visiting their loved one, plus adults, and this on a heart patient floor. Screaming babies and heart attack victims are not the best combinations.
There was also the bruising of poorly delivered blood test attempts. Now I know that some of this may sound petty, but when you’re in the eye of the storm it can be scary. When it’s your loved one that an error is made on it’s scary too.
We need to do more to make hospital care less of a lottery situation, and while driving into Montreal on Sunday I listened to Lowell Green doing a repeat show on the situation of Seniors who fall through the cracks of our medical system and that shook me to the core.
There’s a saying that the mark of a civilization is how their elders are treated. Do we really want to live in a Soylent Green kind of world?
The people working in our hospitals do such a good job. I think they need our help to make the system better. We need to help them do the job they trained to do and that’s save lives, our lives.
What do you think Canada? Is it time to save Medicare and find a solution to how we take care of our society; after all we’re all a part of it? You can post your comments below.
Jamie Gilcig – Editor – The Cornwall Free News