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    elfling, nightsweat, stitchmd, BPARTR

    My husband is hospitalized for infections periodically at a teaching hospital. The hospital attending doctors are always different. At our first conversation, I always tell them "We don't expect miracles from anyone. You are human. All we ask is that you do your best." I think knowing we're reasonable people helps them. You say "Hospitals are always going to be very dangerous places". This we have learned, once when he picked up an infection within the hospital and once when an unnecessary line was placed down his arm when, in fact, an antibiotic was available in pill form. Both times, the resident has admitted the problem. Hospitals aren't perfect. But when a fever suddenly rages and blood pressure drops, they are an the most important place to be. People have to have reasonable expectations.

    "It does not require many words to speak the truth." -- Chief Joseph, native American leader (1840-1904)

    by highfive on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 08:53:25 AM PST

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