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Sunday, September 04, 2016

A Viewer Writes.....WHAT IN THE WORLD IS WRONG WITH PRMC???

I want to know what in the world we are ever going to do about the Emergency Room at Peninsula Regional Medical Center? I have NEVER in my life seen or experienced such a pitiful excuse for emergency “health” care. Let me explain…

My sister, 53, was taken by ambulance with possible heart attack to PRMC at approximately 9:45am. She was taken to the trauma room, connected to the monitor and all the protocol’s followed. Her pain was so far above a 10 that she could barely breathe. Due to her heart rate and blood pressure running LOW, she was given a baby dose of morphine, a nitro tablet under her tongue and nitro patch on her chest. Well… of course her pressure continued to run in 90’s (normal 120), her heart rate ran in the 30’s and low 40’s (normal is 60-80), her oxygen level would drop into the 80’s (below 90 you need to have oxygen via nasal canula), and she would stop breathing. Now, I sat by her side, had her hold my hand and squeeze it through the wave of pain, and I continued to remind her to breathe. Where were the nurses you ask? That was my question. The alarm was going off on the monitor, constantly.

After an hour and a half or so, a code red was called. This meant another ambulance was coming in, critical condition. They came into my sister, told us they were going to have to move her to another room due to this other patient coming in. She was taken off the monitor (still in pain), and moved into another room. Everyone left. Did they hook her back up to ANYTHING? Nope! We waited for half an hour before anyone came back into the room, and I had to go get someone to come in and do it! Now, here you have a patient that comes into the emergency room, by ambulance, possible heart attack, low blood pressure, low heart rate, low oxygen, low respiration due to pain, and not attached to any monitors for half an hour! Her pain was still terrible. She couldn’t get pain medication because of having the low blood pressure; she had a headache from the nitro patch, and complained of such terrible dizziness. Needless to say, I was not a happy camper. I had to ask the “nurse?” if she didn’t think that my sister needed to be on oxygen, since her O2 was running 88! She thought that was a good idea!!!!

Of course, the monitor’s alarm was continuing to go off quite often due to her heart rate dropping below 38, so, in comes someone (have no clue who), and says he was going to change the settings on the monitor because the alarm was a pain, and didn’t need to be going off so often. I made the comment that it was going off because of her heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen levels going so low, and didn’t he think they needed to know what was going on. I was informed they could see it at the desk.


Finally, at approximately 12:30, I went out of the room, found someone, made the comment that my sister had been brought in by ambulance that morning with a possible heart attack, and it was now 12:30, I thought maybe it was time that we saw a doctor! It wasn’t many minutes before this person came in the room dressed in a t-shirt and blue pants. She leaned over my sister, turned off the television, stated that the tests so far didn’t show anything but that they knew something
was going on and that as soon as they knew something they would let her know. No introduction, no how are you feeling, nothing. My sisters’ fiancé, trying to “lighten” this person’s mood just a little, asked what was ailing her then. The woman (I will assume was the doctor) said, “And who are you?” We just looked at her. She finally said, “We don’t know what’s ailing her.” She then left the room. This doctor was obnoxious. She didn’t know what we had just been through in the last thirty days. Nor, apparently, did she care that we were sitting there watching our loved one in excruciating pain or that I was a nurse and understood what the monitors numbers meant!

Just to give you just a little background, my 37 year old son passed away, complications from cardiomegaly, a 53 year old friend past away from cardiac arrest, now my sister in the ER with possible heart attack! All this within thirty days, and this “doctor” wants to be ugly, nobody wants to address the monitor alarms, her pain, even to just give us any updates at all? I had to leave the room to ask if they were going to run any more fluids or did they want me to disconnect her EMPTY IV bag.

At 2:30, a lady came in the room, and said, “You know you are being admitted?” Our answer was “No”. We hadn’t seen anyone since the nurse had come in to disconnect the IV bag. Nobody came in my sisters’ room except one very sweet nurse; apologizing for the care my sister had been given. She had been pulled to the other trauma and another nurse had been assigned to my sister. The other nurse had never come into the room.

So, here we have a possible heart attack patient brought into the ER, by ambulance, in severe pain, low blood pressure, low heart rate, low oxygen saturation, low respirations with basically no care for almost five (5) hours! The only time anyone entered her room was when we went and complained, except when taken for a cat scan. I thought cardiac enzymes were to be drawn every so often? When did that change?

As it turns out, after my sister got to her room, cardiac enzymes were drawn again, and she had in fact, had a heart attack! And believe it or not, most likely, the “wave” of pain she was having in the ER is exactly when she was having the worse of it! Thank goodness, the cardiac catherization showed there was no damage done. Apparently a clot had run through her heart.

I can’t say enough about 2W. Everyone on that floor, from the nurses to housekeeping was WONDERFUL! They are the most caring group of people. They made us all feel like the most important people there. What a great group! Maybe PRMC needs to have these folks teach the ER how to treat people.

Now, my next problem…why in the world do you send a patient home in less than 24 hours after having a heart attack? I don’t care how “mild” or how “severe” the heart attack is, I don’t think that having a cardiac cath at 8:30pm one day means you can go home at lunch time the next day. Patients don’t have enough time to hardly realize exactly what has even happened to them, much less know if the medication they are put on is going to work or what the reaction is going to be from that medication! My sister was given prescriptions for medication that she hadn’t even had in the hospital. Now how would anyone know if she had a negative reaction to one of these medications when she was home during the day, alone? What if the medication lowered her
blood pressure or heart rate so low that she just stopped breathing? Why, when she was still having pain was she sent home? What if she had another clot? I realize there are always going to be “what if’s” but don’t you think more than 20 hours in the hospital are needed for a heart attack? Is PRMC afraid that the VA isn’t going to pay them? What about the patient, or don’t they care?


I was one that used to defend our hospital. I was proud of Peninsula General Hospital. Peninsula Regional Medical Center was pretty good also, for a while, until they started worrying about the Almighty Dollar instead of the patient care. I can say that PRMC’s operating room, recovery room, same day surgery, ICU, 2W, Layfield tower, and a few other parts of the hospital are very good but the ER?, not on your life.

I definitely understand now why people say they are going to the morgue when they are headed to the ER. I tried to defend the ER, but after this experience with my sister, never again. I will tell anyone to go somewhere, anywhere else. If she had a massive heart attack, I’m afraid she would have died right there. No one would have ever known what was going on.

For an area as big as Salisbury and our surrounding towns, and a hospital as big as Peninsula Regional Medical Center is, this ER is just a disgrace. I’m actually embarrassed for the good people that do work there.

Since PRMC is soooo concerned with HIPPA, I won’t sign my name… I’m sure the ones involved know who they are!

65 comments:

Anonymous said...

You want to see embarrassment all around- look at their security department. They all look clueless and the head guy- well he looks like he could use some getting back to the gym and stop sitting behind a desk...

Anonymous said...

I agree with you! The Hospital is understaffed, overworked, and overwhelmed by paperwork. They are so consumed with keeping the statistics up and running lean, the people do not have time to do patient care. It's so sad!! I used to defend them as well; but not anymore!

Anonymous said...

You need to call the STATE and this pt hospital calls itself TOP TEN CARDIAC HOSPITAL IN THE USA ????????????????????????
Who put that BS AD UP.

Anonymous said...

HIPAA has nothing to do with any individual discussing or posting names.. only hospitals and doctors nurses etc cannot reveal names.. the public can do what they want

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Anonymous said...

Gather up your evidence, take some deep breaths and consult an attorney.

Anonymous said...

Obama Care baby, it is wonderful !!!!

Anonymous said...

Very sorry for what seems to be a bod experience at PRMC ER. I too had a heart attack nearly one year ago and went to the same ER. Thankfully my experience was the polar opposite. The care I received from everyone in the ER that early morning was outstanding and likely saved my life. My point is, being critical is the easiest thing in the world. We should avoid painting situations, people and services with a broad brush.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, I could write volumes on the horrible care members of my family have received at this "hospital". The eastern shore deserves better.

Anonymous said...

I'm so relieved to hear that your sister made it through this crap. I have had so many issues at that hospital. if you find yourself in this situation again you have to turn into an obnoxious complete b!tch. Go to the nurses the desk and start yelling about the care you are receiving. They will quickly attend to your needs cause they don't want anyone to make a stink. This was a true emergency for sure. I go over the bridge for a lot of my care. I see doctors from John Hopkins and let me assure you that the difference is night and day as far as care. PRMC has gotten "too big for their britches". They are arrogant, obnoxious, rude, hateful etc. good luck and I'm glad your sister is okay.

Anonymous said...

i have found out that most nurses find those monitors that beep are only a neusance to their social activity (cell phones)and gabbing then actually getting up and seeing what's wrong.

Anonymous said...

PRMC is nothing more than a business , they want to make money. Having said that , they have swamped the staff with CNA people rather than hire a more experienced RN for more money. The CNA people are nothing more than bed pan changers. You are right , you never see a doctor anymore , mostly PAs .

Anonymous said...

Will not go back there to have upcoming surgery
due to lack of care when I had back surgery
there!!!!
It's a Scarey place to be people!!!

Anonymous said...

People are usually sent home the next day after a cardiac cath, unless there is a problem or complications. I am guessing you are not familiar with the medical field and the procedures. I am glad there was no damage done to her heart.

Anonymous said...

If her heart rate was 38, they would have kept her and put in a pacemaker.

Anonymous said...

Race does matter, you happen to be the wrong one. If you are a drug addict, illegal, you are golden. They are worried about being sued by them more than people who have a reason to be there. Welcome to the new Socialist Health Care System.

Anonymous said...

Sorry about the bad experience and I'm glad your sister is ok. If you are really a nurse then you would know that a "baby dose of morphine" is all she could have with "LOW" blood pressure. You would also know that nitro causes pretty bad headaches because of how it works. I think these two issues alone are pretty obvious, even to a new nurse. You also stated that she was out in a "trauma room" when she was obviously not a trauma and then complain because she was moved out of the trauma room for a real trauma that was coming in?!?! Again, doesn't take a genius to figure that one out. Yes she should have been hooked up to the monitor as soon as she was moved and she should have been placed on oxygen as soon as she got in a room and I do agree her vitals weren't great but you need to look at what was present and not what happened in the past 30 days. You can watch the monitors at the desk, the different alarms have different, unique sounds, that's how it works in ICU as well. When I've bags run empty, the infusion stops so no worries. It doesn't mess anything up by letting it hang empty for a bit until it can be taken care of, doesn't sound like an empty IV bag was a priority with everything going on that day. As for the doctor, they have no accountability, they dress, say, act as they please with practically no one to answer to.

As for the length of stay after her heart cath, if she was stable, what's he big deal? No one knows how they are going to react to any new med they start but thank goodness I don't have to be admitted every time the doctor prescribes something new for me.

Again, I am glad your sister is ok and I'm sorry for your loss but you you contradicted yourself too much. I do not work for PRMC and I don't live in the state but I agree that almost all healthcare has become obsessed with the almighty dollar and it's all about the paperwork and not the bedside care. PRMC does scare me and I have had family members go there and have bad experiences themselves. Hell, I still blame them for my grandfathers death. The Eastern Shore sucks in general, you can't get good help in a place that has nothing to offer.

Unknown said...

I agree PRMC is all about greed and no common care about the well being of the patients that come in!!! My mother had cancer and was told by the staff at PRMC to keep getting Chemo treatments even though after the first treatment we saw it did nothing for her. The second treatment ended up killing her. They kept drilling it into her head that if she kept up with treatments she would have a year and without 6 months. My poor mother last 3 months from the diagnosis to the last treatment it was ridiculous!!! I myself had a bad experience with them when i came in for sever heartburn and instead of them doing any testing they gave me a pepto cocktail and sent me home. Came back within 12 hours and was rushed to surgery after they did the proper testing (which they should have done the first time) to remove my gall bladder that was getting ready to burst!!! This hospital is a big JOKE> that is why i will go out of my way now and drive to Atlantic General in Berlin if any issues arise!!!

Anonymous said...

The one thing a lot of people don't get about those "beeping monitors" is That just because it beeps doesn't mean it's real. You're supposed to treat the patient, not the monitor. If it was Beeping because she was experiencing bradycardia, you can look at the heart rhythm (as they can see at the desk) and tell if it's true or not. If her O2 stats were dropping you can tell if it's true or false depending on the pleth line. As a what I call "low employee" (transport department), at this hospital, I'm very very sorry you had this experience but I'm glad our staff on 2W could help you out a lot more & better the experience. I can say the ER is like a totally different hospital compared to the upstairs floors!

Anonymous said...

Not one doctor has chimed in on this and no one else here is qualified to say if protocol was followed or not. Did she die? Is back home and fine now? All hospitals run lean. The old days high nurse to patient ratios are long gone.

Anonymous said...

Totally agree 🙌🏽

Anonymous said...

I went in to the Er with massive chest/stomach pains...I had had a baby a few weeks previously but was a healthy 35 year old.They took me in right away.. Someone came in checked me and said "be right back" and never returned.. About 1 1/2 hours later soneone else came i to see why I was crying .. I said because I am in so much pain and no no has come in this room
For an hour and half. She explained that there was a child trama and that everyone was helping that situation.. i said ok and sucked it up because it was a child.. 3... Yes 3!!!!!!!! Hours later I begged my husband to walk out and go to another hospital.. The pain had gotten much worse and I was vomiting.. I Begged!!!! He went out several times to request assistance and every time they said "someone will be right there" eventually he had to stand at the front desk and yell " if my wife dies I will sue everyone of you doctors and nurses personally and professionally.. I may not win but it will cost you a lot of money to defend yourselves and you know what I will probably win"
Someone came 5 minutes later apologized and it ended up with a 10 day hospital stay. The doc upstairs wanted to know why I waited when the pain started to seek assistance and I said I did but I waited 5 hours in the ER.. He looked at me and said "not surprising "

Anonymous said...

I went in for stitches.. They gave me the numbing shot .. Came back 2 hours later and wanted to start the stitches.. I said no way too much time had lapsed and I Could feel everything! She tried to convince me to try and I
Said no way!!' So
We started the whole process again.. And what did I see in my Bill?? Of course 2 shots at 150.00 a piece.. I called my insurance company and they refused to pay for the additional shot.. It was a huge fight!

Anonymous said...

Socialized medicine at its finest!

Anonymous said...

With Colitis and Irritable Syndrome I can truthfully say almost all my experiences @ PRMC have been good. I know when I do go in I am a bad stick, hard to draw blood or hook an IV up to, so I convey that as soon as they say they are going to start. All but one time they have listened to what I have said if the nurse doesn't feel she can get me someone else comes in. One time I was in there they stuck me 7 times and when I and my husband said no more, they sent someone upstairs to come and use a machine which would give them a good stick, she arrived telling me I had been stuck enough. Then the nurse in charge at the desk said she could get me, she never failed, I asked her why she hadn't stuck me earlier, no response, the girl from upstairs told her I needed the machine first, I also said yes to the machine, The desk nurse stuck me really causing a lot of pain, and yes a large hematoma that night and next day. I complained in writing and also received calls from the hospital requesting I tell them. It was one incident but I can tell everyone, if it smells fishy stop right away and complain, it is only through these experiences sometimes things get changed.

Anonymous said...

The only way to avoid hospitals and doctors is to keep yourself in the best of physical shape. I'm not about to have a debate on what and what not to eat - I think any intelligent person can make a decision for themselves, but if your overweight, not active, smoke or heavily drink, you are just asking for trouble. Many health issues start to manifest themselves when we approach 50 - I'm 51 and am determined to avoid hospitals, doctor's offices and medical practices in general. I practice a plant based diet and avoid meat and diary and so far (knock on wood) it is working for me. No high blood pressure, no diabetes and no heart trouble. Maybe it's a pipe dream, but I not going to spend my remaining years left battling what this poor woman had too. And btw it's not just PRMC!

Anonymous said...

PRMC is a poor excuse of a hospital. You are so right. The ER is a death trap/hell hole. No one wants to even go there. PRMC is lax in every area, poorly staffed, some of the staff (CNA's) don't want to be there and it's obvious by their attitudes, dirty hospital rooms and poor cleaning habits, and so much more.

Why do you think hundreds and hundreds of local DON'T want to go to PRMC by choice. Get across the Bay ASAP. John's Hopkins, U of Md., Mercy and so many more great hospitals, health care workers and Docs. Clean and run efficiently.

Salisbury and the surrounding area should be DEMANDING change. I pray one of the great hospitals across the Bay will take over this failing facility. We do deserve much better. period

Anonymous said...

I tell everyone I know I don't care if I die on the way to another hospital, I'd rather die on the way to actually being helped than to ever go to prmc. The place is disgusting, staffed with salisburys finest examples of why salisbury itself sucks.

Anonymous said...

Hate to tell ya that no matter how well you take care of yourself 99% chance you will end up in a hospital at some point... Lol.. Plus you were probably born in one LOL

Anonymous said...

I was there in the waiting room of the ER for 5 hours as well. Migraine headache(never had one before). The ER care is a joke, however this time was better than the past. I was admitted after my BPM dropped to 36. The difference in the staff and organization was night and day. Don't know how the department's work there but the folks downstairs could really use some direction from the ones upstairs. Still overall better than any previous visits.

Anonymous said...

The poster that mentioned statistics is spot on. It is all about making the numbers look good so that they can put a another banner. Guess what - IT'S NOT REAL! Those awards are a joke because the numbers are manipulated to tell a completely false story about the efficacy of care there.

Trust me - I know what I am talking about.

Anonymous said...

Yes it has gone downhill since they pushed out all with experience and years of service to hire young inexperienced ones at cheaper rates with no one to learn from. Miss Piggy should be embarrassed in what she has turned our local hospital into. It has gotten more difficult to find good healthcare on the shore for sure.

Anonymous said...

I am seeing more examples of poor customer service, no matter what the business is....healthcare, retail, whatever. A lot of people do not care about their job or the people they deal with...they are just there to get a paycheck. Sad how the world is today.

Anonymous said...

To all posters let's remember one thing: the patient was having her heart attack at the very time she was in the ER ... You need to have your family patient advocate with you at all times in that facility otherwise you will not get any care. I do not even want to get started on cleanliness.

Anonymous said...

To all posters let's remember one thing: the patient was having her heart attack at the very time she was in the ER ... You need to have your own family patient advocate with you at all times in that facility otherwise you will not get any care. I do not even want to get started on cleanliness.

Anonymous said...

They think everyone who comes in, just comes to get their next high! The ER is horrible!

Anonymous said...

The nurses are doing the best they can. The hospital is understaffed EVERY SINGLE DAY...numerous floors running short on a daily basis. Multiple texts asking for help going out all day long, just not enough people. Working conditions are so stressful, which causes turnover, which exacerbates the problem more. It's a vicious cycle...

Anonymous said...

Thank you for bringing this to light. I always go across the bridge, but it is terrifying we cant rely on our ER. Of all things i wish they would attentively stabalize people & send them somewhere else. Very scary.

Anonymous said...

Can we talk about a REAL problem for a minute? Who in the world decided that milkshakes should have whipped cream on them? Everywhere I go, they put whipped cream on my milkshake. Since when did this become part of a milkshake. Growing up, I NEVER had whipped cream on a milkshake. I hate it!!! I truly think it's a ruse to cover up the top of the milkshake so that you can't see that they didn't fill it all the way to the top. #boycottwhippedcreonmilkshakes

Anonymous said...

Have heard these stories too many times. Did you know that they have a nurse position in ER that is the "gatekeeper" whose job it is to communicate between ER Dr and Attending Dr to prevent admissions to the hospital? I guess she does her job well because I know of several people who have not bee admitted on their 1ST visit to ER but brought back several hours later and admitted.

Anonymous said...

I will say they chased all the good people away that cared for the patients and did their job and made up lies and fired the good ones and keep the kiss asses that don't care if you die or not as long they put in 12 hours and get a paycheck ...........that place has gone down hill fast and in a hurry

Anonymous said...

I went to the ER on three separate occasions. I was given antibiotics twice in one month for colitis. This condition has lasted over a month and all PRMC did was put me on meds and send me home. I had bloody diarrhea yet they refused to admit me. I won't go there again...I will go to Riverside Shore Memorial in Nassawadox VA.

Anonymous said...

Always ask for someone in patients relations.

Anonymous said...

Always ask for someone in patients relations.
September 3, 2016 at 11:39 PM

Oh that is a joke and her job is to blow you off and tell you how it is all your fault She is all corporate and doesn't give a rats behind about your complaint.
Do not waste your time with that morally ugly person.

Anonymous said...

I've experienced good and bad experiences. Some bad caused by young inexperienced nurses. But the problem across the country is lack of doctors and nurses. If you have an interest in medical work, seek the grants available for schooling.

Anonymous said...

So we have this idiot that thinks just because someone "came in by ambulance" that it must be a real emergency and they get first priority. Well guess what, the ER was right and only admitted your sister to prove you wrong and they did. They owned you and laughed all the way to the bank. LMAO

Anonymous said...

Let me preface this by stating, I have no affiliation with the hospital.

Please direct your emt or driver to take you elsewhere going forward. Tattoo it on your forehead, I do not care. Go to AGH if you think you are having a heart attack, please. (Do they even have a cath lab?). If you are gambler, drive across the bridge, remember you are free to do so. There is no law stating you have to go to PRMC.

Anonymous said...

Well this nurse must have been one important person in the hospital since they gave her "loved one" preferential treatment. NOT! They laughed at that little know it all peon. They gave her "loved one" a cardiac cath and it showed nothing. Well if your loved one had a real heart attack then something would have shown up instead of you guessing it was a small blood clot. You stupid people are so full of yourselves. Those professionals in the emergency room see real emergencies every single day they work. Unlike you of course. Just keep your mouth shut next time because you embarrassed yourself and they were all talking about you back at the desk. I hate having to deal with stupid family members or fiance's.

Anonymous said...

"I don’t think that having a cardiac cath at 8:30pm one day means you can go home at lunch time the next day."

He DUMMY! I had a cath done and went home 4 hours later. That is how they do things you silly moron.

Anonymous said...

Why, when she was still having pain was she sent home? What if she had another clot?

How do you know she had a clot in the first place? You don't know so quit guessing.

Anonymous said...

I use to work there several years ago . I see nothing has changed . This is why I only go to AGH

Anonymous said...

Thanks for saying your sisters care on 2East was great. I do work for PRMC in the Heart Center. (2E,2W,Cath Lab area) and my co workers and I take pride in having a positive, professional and caring relationship with all of our patients everyday. I am sorry for you experience in our ED department and pray that your sister is doing much better now.

lmclain said...

I know a few nurses (and a couple of admin people, and a couple of doctors, too) at PRMC.
Staffing is the BIG issue there. In one section (I won't say whch one, just to protect a source, but it apparently across the board), there was ONE RN for seven patients. ONE CNA (!) for 28 patients. That nurse-to-patient ratio is sometime even worse. Patient safety is being compromised. Nurses are resigning and transfering, CNA's are quitting like crazy. Who wants to clean up blood, dirty sheets, and puke for $9-10 hour?
Which nurse wants to named in a lawsuit for a negligence?
Let's also not forget what hospitals call "frequent flyers". BIG, HUGE problem!! These are the drug addicts that flood the ER with "chest pains" and "back pain", which is all BS and is their method of obtaining morphine and percoset. They CANNOT be told "Get the F outta here you dirt bag -- you been here three times this week - already there are REAL emergencies here." You will be fired. So they have to (by law) treat them just like a person having a REAL heart attack. They often know these "frequent flyers" by name because they come in every Fri/Sat night. The next time you have to wait 3 hours, thank the crackheads, whores, and addicts for it, but don't blame the hospital or nurses -- they are FORCED to do what they KNOW is wrong and it definitely subtracts from the time they can devote to REAL problems.
Stop paying executives a million dollars a year for 2 days of work a month (if THAT) at PRMC. There isn't a job on the peninsula that deserves a million + a year. But they have them at PRMC.
I would also point out that the ER nurses are trained well. They know if your chest pains are an urgent IMMEDIATE problem or something that just needs monitoring, but not a dozen dcotors and an all out alert.
9:21 has a good grasp of the situation there.
A very good grasp.

Anonymous said...

September 4, 2016 at 9:06 AM - Hate much? Find a new job if you are in healthcare, you are definitely in the wrong profession, especially so immature and with such a hateful attitude.

Anonymous said...

9:06 on sept 4th.....gosh I hope you aren't in healthcare....or a parent.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about your bad experience. I was at PRMC for eight nights in July and, fortunately, my experience was fantastic ... except for the whole bit about having to be there in the first place, of course.

Anonymous said...

Not surprised. I was taken there due to having a stroke and was give Narc-an for an opiate overdose due to the fact tat I had a past surgery in 2013. No tests just an assumption I was abusing opiates because I was give opiates three years prior to control pain from back surgery. These idiots damn near killed me because they are inept, have a God complex and consider the patient to be stupid. They have no respect and little if any professional demeanor. I even know of a nurse that threatened to kill her ex husband and his family if they ever came to PRMC. When reported, PRMC's response was to ban the husband from the hospital and to, as a Nursing Supervisor stated, circle the wagons to protect one of their own. The staff is only interested in profits and maintaining a near monopoly in this local area. As for further opinion in this community, many refer to this institution as the PRMC Brothel. Infer your own opinion. By the way, the tests showed no opiates or any other drugs, and that I had a stroke. Once again, playing Russian roulette with a loaded gun. Steer clear from PRMC, if possible, for your own safety and well being.

Anonymous said...

With the PRMC nursing staff, it's either who you know or who they bl**! Just ask around to see how many families have been ruined by the nursing staff's immoral, sick lifestyles. Much of this is known by management but management also participates in this same lifestyle!

Unknown said...

Good luck with finding a lawyer who will help you sue PRMC. I coded TWICE there due to their incompetence and had to be flown to a Balt. hospital because they could not fix what THEY screwed up. I contacted at least 3 lawyers, two here and one across the bridge. No one would sue, even tho the lawyer across the bridge said I had a case. ( if I had a case, why wouldn't he help me? )

I was told the people in this area are too conservative and I wouldn't receive enough money to be worthwhile to sue. How about holding them accountable I asked. The best he could say was good luck.

So my understanding of it was if the people around here are so conservative like the lawyer said, and they will not demand change and stand up for people like me and others who have had bad experiences with this 'hospital', you will not get any change.

But you will get what you people deserve. And that is PRMC.

Zorro said...

OMG.....all this belly aching here....How in the world will Peggy make money if you get proper care....

Anonymous said...

They murdered my husband

Anonymous said...

First, I am sorry for your experience with our ER recently. I myself work in the Emergency Dept as an RN. I was not the nurse that cared for you this day, but maybe I can help explain some of your concerns. When your mother was brought in she was placed into a trauma bay...this was your first sign we were very busy because we try to reserve these beds for trauma or critical patients. The reason she was moved as per your comment we had a redcode which is critical and takes priority because it needs specialized equipment in the room your mother was in. They are a redcode bc they are critical enough if they dont receive life saving care they could die within the hour. If when we saw her EKG that she was having an acute MI or heart attack she would have gone straight to the cath lab from this trauma bay and we would have avoided this whole scenario. This was not the case obviously and she was admitted for her chest pain to be cathed and observed. I cannot explain why she was not hooked to the monitor of the new room she was placed in or why she was not placed on oxygen but what I do know is when we move a patient to another room we normally keep the wires hpoked to them and just plug them into the new moWhen a patient comes in with chest pain you are correct, we start a protocol which includes an EKG and labwork which does include the patient's first set of cardiac enzymes. Depending on the patient's story and doctor we either do the second set 2 or 4 hours apart or sometimes if quick admission upstairs we do the second set up there but that is not often. Patients do not usually get a second EKG for continued pain only pain that goes away and returns or worsening pain. The meds your mother received "baby dose of Morphine" and nitro paste were to help her pain. If she indeed had a low heart rate and low blood pressure we have to give those meds with caution. With that being said, some people live with a rate in the 30s and are fine and some people are asymptomatic with a new rate in the 30s. Every patient is different but when the doctor saw your mother if they were concerned about her rate things would have gone differently. Meds can affect rate for example...we would have to look at whole story.

Anonymous said...

My sister in law was at the ER. They said she was faking her condition? They released her at mid-night. there was no one to pick her up! She sat in a wheelchair OUTSIDE THE BUILDING. There she is 66 years old and dont know what to do. No money. She gets someone to call her a cab to lower Pocomoke. A few days later she is back in the ER she has lost use of the left side of her body. the doctor examines her and SAYS SHE HAS HAD A STROKE. How about that a stroke victim sitting outside the ER in a wheelchair...alone.
She has insurance. They just didn't want to be bothered.

Anonymous said...

why do u think they call it the pig ranch mortuary and crematory

Anonymous said...

Anyone can call a code H. They will immediately get every person that has delt with the patient and administration. This is a law and has to be followed..
2ndly if my mom was 66years old and having a heart attack, she would not be alone... Period!!! She on the family..