Oschner Hospital Belle Chase Hwy louisiana Complaint - Mad And Outraged - Poor Hospital Care

Review by grieving daughter on 2009-02-25
GRETNA, LOUISIANA -- My father was admitted to Oschner Hospital on Belle Chase Hwy in 2008 with what they said was a hernia. While repairing it they saw a very dilated almost ischemic looking sigmoid colon instead of fixing it they repaired the hernia and closed him up. 2 weeks later he returned to the same hospital in extreme pain vomiting and feverish. He was then again admitted and taken back to the operating room where they discovered the same obstruction now necrotic that was noted 2 weeks earlier.

During surgery the obstruction ruptured causing him to develope sepsis and my father past away 3 days later. During the time he remained there based on his medical records it is my opinion he recieved poor patient care until his death on Sept. 14 2008. I am so very angry my father put his trust in his doctor and Oschner Hospital and they both let him down.
Comments:3 Replies - Latest reply on 2009-02-25
Posted by ashleyharris308 on 2009-02-25:
I'm so very sorry for your loss!!! I used to work for a general surgeon and IF he saw the obstruction while fixing the hernia, he would have done something about it then and not wait until it made him sick. I know that is horriable to loose your father but sepsis is very common and deadly. I would have another doctor not associated look over his medical records and see if someone is at fault with his death.
Posted by Disaster Worker on 2009-02-25:
Grieving, hernia's are repaired, not removed. I'm hoping Ghost of Doc J jumps in on this one. One thought is that the surgical wound was colonized with MRSA. Doc, what do you think?

I'm so sorry for your loss. Typically Oschner is a good hospital. When I did hospital service sales, they were a good customer.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-25:
I am very sorry for your loss. First, and most important, do consider grief counseling. When a death is unexpected, the grief stages (Keubler-Ross) are much more intense. With so little background, I'm cautious about making an opinion here. But, it is 'possible' that the surgeon, facing an 'almost ischemic looking' bowel, may have tried to prevent a colostomy and hoped the bowel would have re-perfused with blood post-operatively. IMHO, if I were the patient I think the risk of bowel rupture d/t frank bowel gangrene is worth a chance at avoiding a colostomy. But that is me. The bowel contains a LOT of nasty bacteria, any of which can result in sepsis, often very (and rapidly) aggressive. I wholeheartedly agree with the above comment to have a second surgeon look over the chart. The hospital will also do that as part of their peer review in a morbidity and mortality conference. I hope this helps and that you remember your loved one with fond memories. Your tears are the tribute you pay to them. Heal well.

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