Often, I am not informed that my patients are in the hospital unless a family member calls. I received such a call last week letting me know that her *** was in for a potentially deadly scenario (can't say to protect the patient's privacy). She had some questions which I answered that relieved her mind somewhat. She said that the patient was having a hard time with pain control and that she was confident that the patient would be feeling better soon and back to the office for a follow up visit. The patient had just been in the hospital for a similar complaint and was told that it was a benign condition and had been feeling really well since that visit, so I wasn't too worried about the current hospital visit.
Until I got the next update call from the daughter...
Patient was transferred to a higher level hospital with severe complications and is fighting for their life. HUH? What the hell happened? You would not even believe me if I told you the details. Let's just say that it's that bad. The ball was definitely dropped and NOT by the office NP. A brutal comedy of errors of which I'm holding my breath awaiting the final outcome.
How sad. I really hope my patient's family can find the strength to hold on and I really hope that I see my patient again.