a Doctor and a Medical Facility
Many patients assume that if they
had a good experience at a medical facility, they will continue
to have positive encounters at that same facility. The truth
is not all departments and doctors are the same. You could have
a wonderful Labor & Delivery department at a hospital that
only employs female nurses, but the cardiac department could
allow male nurses to perform intimate procedures on women.
A man in Iowa was caught completely
off guard when he had a positive experience during a cardiac
catheterization procedure, but then suffered a completely humiliating
ordeal during a venous ablation procedure at the same hospital
two years later. During the cardiac catheterization, the doctor
informed the man that he was going in his wrist, which he did.
He was extremely alarmed when a nurse attempted to fling up
his gown before the procedure began. As a result, the man vocally
protested, which led the doctor to inform her that he was going
in his wrist. The nurse then released his gown. At no time were
his genitals ever exposed or touched. His groin was never shaved
or accessed, and he was allowed to wear his own underwear. He
was also awake and aware throughout this procedure. Unfortunately,
this experience gave him a false sense of security, and he thought
his venous ablation procedure performed at the same hospital
was going to be the same. However, he was shocked to learn otherwise.
During his venous ablation, he was completely incapacitated
due to Propofol he was given; the disposable underwear that
hospital personnel gave him was removed, thus exposing his genitals;
and his groin was shaved without his knowledge or consent, even
though incisions were made around his knee only. He was confused
as to why he had to be completely incapacitated during his venous
ablation procedure that involved inserting a wire into his leg
when he was allowed to remain awake for his heart procedure
that involved inserting a wire with a camera near his heart.
Ultimately, he learned that he could have been allowed to remain
awake during a venous ablation as is commonly performed in other
medical facilities. This was a hard lesson to learn, and so
patients should always be vigilant when dealing with medical
personnel at all times.
Just because you have a doctor
who may be sensitive to your bodily privacy, do not assume that
other medical professionals will be as accommodating.
Here are some examples:
- One lady had a wonderful
female gynecologist who was sensitive to her modesty during
a C-Section, but the anesthesiologist was horrible.
- One male urologist agreed to accommodate
a man’s wishes for an all-male team for his urological
procedure by using a male Physician’s Assistant instead
of a female nurse. The patient was shocked when someone in
the office said a female nurse would participate. Fortunately,
after the patient contacted the urologist, he straightened
out everything and the patient’s wishes for an all-male
team were honored.
All patients are encouraged to
ask questions and write down their wishes such as no urinary
catheter, no sedation, etc. before they submit to any procedures,
Be prepared to stand up for your rights. Cancel the
procedure and leave if the doctor or medical facility is not
willing to accommodate your wishes. Be sure to let
them know that you will take your business elsewhere.
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