Friday, February 20, 2009

Patient Leaves Operating Room After Overhearing a Doctor's Conversation

I just read an article about a patient (who was awaiting eye surgery) leaving the operating room after a doctor answered his cell phone and started discussing a previous operation. The patient of the previous operation had developed complications (no fault of the doctor). Upon hearing the conversation, the patient (who was still conscious) became very upset with the doctor's bedside matter, telling him that he "would rather go blind", leaving the operating room and then the facility. (Source: Fox News)

If I were in his shoes, I may have done the same thing. Its a scary, nerve-wrecking experience to go through any type of surgery. And it certainly doesn't help to hear that type of conversation prior to surgery, even if it wasn't the doctor's fault for the complications. Bedside matter is so important to your health care experience. Just think if that doctor had taken the call to another room, the outcome would have been very different.

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