Kaiser Hospital, Riverside, ca Complaint - No patient follow up results in death of Patient
RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA -- My brother was tested in the hemotology clinic at Kaiser,Riverside, California for his monthly INR levels.(coumadin dosage regulator). He had a very high level,10 which should have been 3, was given vitamin K injection (anti coagulant antidote) and told to discontinue his coumadin.. Four days later he suffered a brain hemmorhage and 6 days later he died. He was not monitored in the next few days after this treatment and apparently received no instructions about restricting activity or food intake. (various foods affect blood clotting mechanisms) Apparently he had taken in large amounts of cranberry extract and had done some treadmill exercise the day he had the hemmorhage. Cranberry should not be taken while on coumadin. Friends took him to emergency and 2 cat scans revealed the hemmorhage. I was finally contacted that evening and told of the hospitalization. A neurosurgeon contacted me at 1pm the following day saying he could do surgery but my brother would be"just a vegetable" or we could let nature take its course and he would most like develope pneumonia and die. What has upset me is the lack of follow through after the initial hemotology clinic visit. Why weren't there additional test done over the next few days? this is like having a time bomb in your body. He should have been monitored. I happen to be in a medical profession myself and I am appalled that there was no monitoring after the level was so high. He had taken coumadin for 8 years without problems.