Sunday, October 16, 2011
Am I Jinxed?
Can you stand to read another medical issue post? I really need to know if most of the people in the medical field are inept, or if I'm just jinxed. I can see how billions of dollars per year are wasted due to idiotic mistakes. Take today's example:
Jie Jie needed to give more samples to see if the Giardia and her UTI are gone. After church, we drove to the hospital and went to the lab. We were the only ones there, so it wasn't busy at all. The man in charge of giving out the specimen containers handed me two, plus a paper cup and some large popsicle sticks, which he touched with his bare hands. I pointed out to him that he just contaminated the sample by touching the sticks. He gave me news ones. Then I asked if he'd given me the right containers for the fecal sample. He said yes, then decided to double-check. Sure enough, he'd given me the wrong one.
I'm not an expert by any means, but the first time we did this, there were two containers, narrow jars filled with fluid that one added the poop to and then mixed by shaking. The instructions were very specific. It made sense to me that since we were testing for same thing that the containers should be the same.
What if I wasn't a person who put two and two together? At the very least, we'd have had to return to the lab to provide another sample in the correct container. At the most, the lab would have run the test, perhaps even the wrong test, and then we'd have had a false result, or, along the way it would have been caught and we'd have to return, but time and money would also have been wasted in the lab.
Should this many mistakes continually be made? Is this the new normal and I'm just not with the program? Do you experience this level of incompetence, too, with your child's medical care? Am I doing something wrong to be a target of this continuing incompetence? Is it like this everywhere or is this Kaiser-specific?