I know this isn't malpractice, but I didn't know where to post this...I had a baby this past weekend and feel like I was terribly mistreated at the hospital by the staff.
24 hours after Katlin was born we requested to be discharged. We were told by a nurse that we could sign papers that basically said we were leaving without doctors consent (as hospital policy said we had to be there 36 hours) and that they couldn’t hold us unless there was a medical reason (certain illnesses and such) to not let us leave.
When asked to leave they told us they would have the attending doctor look at our daughter and make the decision. When Katlin came back in the room she had a bowel movement and I went to change her diaper. She had a plastic bag in her diaper to catch her stool and I freaked out because they hadn’t told me about it and I had no clue what was going on. My husband went to get a nurse and she came in and told me that she was hoping I wouldn’t find that until the social worker they had called arrived. At this point I was clueless and confused. A social worker? For what? The nurse told me that they suspected I was a drug user and then said, “You’ve been on floor 5 North in our PIP unit.” I have no idea what is on floor 5 or what a PIP Unit is. I let the nurse know that I had never been in that hospital before that time (the birth of my baby) and had no idea what she was talking about. The social worker came in about this time and told me the same thing that the nurse did. Turns out I have a name “similar” to someone who has a history with this hospital and this social worker in particular. When they finally figured out that I was not the same person I asked if we were free to go then. Was told no, that if we left and took the baby they would call CPS for ‘medical neglect’ and the baby would be taken from us. So I sucked it up and stayed the night. The next morning while waiting to be discharged a Drug and Alcohol counselor came into the room and took me away for a ‘chat’ This chat was an evaluation. So even after admitting that they messed up they still dove into me as if I was a drug user.
Still after speaking with the D&A counselor, who said she believes it was a mix up and cleared me, they put it on my discharge papers that says that ‘maternal drug use suspected, cleared by S/W and D/C’ so now it’s on my medical records.
I plan on filing an official complaint with the hospital, but what good does all that do? Someone reads it and writes an apolgy letter back? That just doesn't seem like enough for what they put me through.. I was wrongfully accused of being a drug addict and endangering my baby, they should have checked all of their records first or gone about questioning me very differently. I was threatened to have my baby taken away from me, first because they suspected I was who they thought I was and again when I wanted to leave after the baby was 24 hours old (btw, there was NO medical reason that they wanted her to stay, it was said to be “hospital policy” so how is that “medical neglect?” and was just generally treated like a piece of dirt, not a patient.
I want my medical records changed so that I don't have a this on there as I don't have, nor have I ever had a drug problem. I need some suggestions on how to handle this please, I don't want to just let it go.