I work at my local County Hospital and for the last two weeks we've had a very low census. I hear rumors that the local Giant HMO and local For Profit Hospital Chain are packed right now. I also know one Local For Profit but Independent and Unaffiliated Hospital is at risk of closing right now because of extremely low census. So for folks who actually work in hospitals (and clinics?) are you seeing a change in number of patients since Obamacare started? [more inside]
posted by latkes
on Mar 3, 2014 -
I have what looks like a staph infection. I've had it for 5 days, and it has been getting better. My temperature is normal. I'm healthy and in my 20s. Normally, I'd just go to the doctor, but I'm locked in by weather. All urgent care clinics and doctors offices are closed due to ice on the road. Do I need to go to the ER via ambulance? [more inside]
posted by semaphore
on Feb 12, 2014 -
Certified Nursing Assistant/Pre-PA filter: I'm working on pre-reqs at my local university towards Physician Assistant school. In order to get approx. 2,000 hours of direct patient care on my application I am going to be a CNA. I finish the certification at the end of January. How do I look competitive on my application/resume to work in a hospital since I don't have any prior healthcare experience besides my 4 days of CNA clinicals? [more inside]
posted by timpanogos
on Jan 17, 2014 -
I have a family member who is in the hospital at the moment. I've noticed that outside the room doors there is a yellow form that gives the patient's score. Most of them say 45 or greater, but some say 23-45. Anyone have an idea what this means? I've been googling but haven't come up with anything.
posted by jenh526
on Jan 8, 2014 -
My same-sex partner and I have executed health care powers of attorney and related documents. Rather than bringing a bulky envelope with the original documents every time we travel, I'd like to scan and upload the documents so that, in an emergency, I can access them on my phone or via email and show/email them to the hospital staff. Is that likely to be a problem? Do hospitals require original documents or certified copies, with the raised seal and all that jazz? Or are digital/scanned copies sufficient? Has anyone been in a situation where they had to produce such documents in an emergency situation and photocopies were not honored?
posted by southern_sky
on Jan 7, 2014 -
My sister is in a rehab hospital recovering from a brain injury. She has a lot of time between physio and therapist sessions and she has to entertain herself. Unfortunately she now has limited, blurry vision (legally blind) - she can enlarge text messages and facebook messages but reading a book is too difficult. She has an iPad but is limited to rewatching movies that she is already familiar with as it is otherwise too difficult to see what is happening. She is getting tired of sitting there just listening to audiobooks and I would love to hear any other ideas you might have (including simple apps/games) that could help keep her occupied. Thankyou!
posted by Naanwhal
on Jan 6, 2014 -
My friend is in nursing, working in an ER right now, and also finishing up a degree to be a nurse practitioner, with intention to work in a hospital emergency dept. She suffers from migraines, and whenever she's worked a nightshift, she's been hit with a terrible one at 3 or 4 in the morning. It seems like new hires in every position she's found are expected to take on regular night shifts, and that even later on they'll be expected to do that a few times each month. Is there any hope of getting hired in an ER at that level with a stipulation that drastically limits the number of night shifts she has to endure, or is there really no recourse other than to leave the emergency department in order to work. (In her present job, she's been doing regular 12-hour daytime shifts, which has been fine.)
posted by spbmp
on Dec 12, 2013 -
Hi Mefites. I'll be starting an online medical coding and billing course in January ( given by the AAPC), after graduating from a relatively well respected state school with a psychology BA in May and finding out far too late in the game that it would leave me with nil in terms of job prospects. After building up quite a bit of credit card debt and deciding that man cannot live on Hulu and Facebook alone, as I've been doing for six months, I decided to look into opportunities that required relatively little training to get started with, and happened upon medical billing, something that seems to fit me quite well. I'm tempering my enthusiasm however, because no amount of Googling seems to give me a clear sense of my path once the course is over. Help? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77
on Dec 8, 2013 -
My father was in an accident two weeks ago, involving some broken bones and head trauma. He was released from the hospital yesterday to a rehab center that is awful. I’m having major difficulty getting him into a better one. What do you suggest? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue
on Nov 7, 2013 -
A medical bill was sent to collections. I am 25 and have no credit and no money. What do I do? Is it even possible to fix my credit? [more inside]
posted by dekathelon
on Oct 21, 2013 -
Hello everyone, my mom was taken to a hospital by ambulance a few mornings ago when she couldn't move her legs and get out of bed. This stems from a previous issue with nerve damage and spinal problems which she's had surgery for before. She met the same doctor from her previous surgery, whom she couldn't pay, and was berated and threatened by him. [more inside]
posted by FireballForever
on Oct 17, 2013 -
My SO's grandmother is in the hospital, and he has sort of vowed to stay with her during his free times for as long as she's there (they are very close). He's the kind of person who can't sit still for too long, and is most likely to find himself bored in this kind of setting, especially if he's alone. Besides just being with him, what activity/thing can we do to pass the time/make this ordeal less painful for him? [more inside]
posted by bigasthesky
on Oct 16, 2013 -
Last week, my 85 year old father suddenly began to experience weakness in his legs and severe pain in his lower back. His PCP couldn't fit him in but recommended the ER if he was in a lot of pain - he was, so Friday afternoon, my brother took him to the ER of the nearest hospital (which looks more like a resort). They wanted to check him out with an MRI, but their machine was not available (could they really only have one?) The hospital "admitted" him - or so we thought . . . [more inside]
posted by kbar1
on Oct 8, 2013 -
You are, of course, not my Australian lawyer. However, my SO may soon be hiring one for a suit against a hospital. To ensure that the lawyer we're hiring is the kind that we think we're hiring, she's asked me what the difference (if any) is between a no-win, no fee lawyer, and a lawyer that is hired under a contingency agreement. [more inside]
posted by MarchHare
on Sep 29, 2013 -
I'm looking for a book like Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential
that can explain to me the politics between workers in a hospital setting and how it affects decision making. [more inside]
posted by Hennimore
on Sep 1, 2013 -
After submitting an ER claim to insurance, my bill from the hospital INCREASED. Is there any way to fight the hospital on this? [more inside]
posted by unmouton88
on Aug 19, 2013 -
My Mom is a recently retired professor in her mid 60s who has had been interrupted in enjoying the neat stuff she had lined up to do by some back problems that now require a fusion of a couple discs in her spine to permanently remedy the condition. She is going into surgery this week. I'd appreciate any advice or information that anyone who has been through something similar would have liked to hear in advance, that wasn't covered in the usual consults. [more inside]
posted by snuffleupagus
on Aug 12, 2013 -
So I'm a 23 year old recent college grad with a psychology degree and a long face. Why? No job, a shitty, inconsistent transcript to show for the last six years of my life ( barely eeking out a 3.0 because of significant and unrelenting problems with fatigue and depression, now somewhat under control), no work experience... oh, and I have cerebral palsy. All this helped build a brick wall almost impossible to see over, much less climb.
This morning though, I managed to get bright-eyed and bushy tailed for all of five seconds after reading a Business Insider article that listed medical sonography as one of the best jobs available to those without a college degree. ( I've come to consider my degree a throwaway ( it's from a state school, it's in psychology, which makes me a decidedly un-special snowflake, and, like I said, the grades aren't frame worthy).
Everything about medical sonography- the pay, the type of work, job growth and time-to-completion of the program is attractive. Trouble is, I leave much to be desired in terms of the physicality needed ( lifting, transporting patients, etc). What else can I do that offers all or many of these same benefits and is cripple friendly? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77
on Aug 10, 2013 -
I need to create a printable list of the best hospitals within reason along the route between Charlotte, NC and Detroit. Are there any tools/services that can help me to do this? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by schmod
on Aug 8, 2013 -
I'm having double jaw surgery in a week. When I check in on the day of my surgery, I'll have the option to upgrade from a ward to a private or semi-private room. My insurance covers this, but as a healthy, unfussy 19-year-old, am I obligated to leave these rooms for those who need them more? [more inside]
posted by stravinsky
on Aug 6, 2013 -
My cousin's husband was just admitted into Sloan Kettering (NYC) with stage 3 cancer. They live about 90 minutes outside of NYC. She is exclusively breastfeeding their infant, who is not allowed to be on the husband's floor. They also have a 2 year old and a 4 year old.
What resources are available for her? The primary concern is close to Sloan childcare for the infant so that she can visit. (The older two could be watched near their home.) Any recommended hotels? We do know about hoteltonight.com. What can we be doing to support her?
posted by anon4now
on Jul 22, 2013 -
Every time I go to the hospital for a routine visit, I get a plastic card that looks kind of like a credit card, embossed with my name, my age, my birthday, my doctor's name, and the date and reason of the visit. No one ever asks to see this card; no one looks at it. I get a new card every time. It seems expensive and wasteful -- does anyone know why they do it?
posted by cider
on Jul 10, 2013 -
My (step)son broke his leg today and is currently getting it splinted until it can be cast on Monday. We have 50/50 custody and decent communication, but as the resident mama of his other home, how can I best make him comfy and keep him entertained for the next 6-8 weeks? [more inside]
posted by annathea
on Jun 8, 2013 -
[USA filter] Even with the new disclosures I can't figure out how much Medicare pays for just a hospital or nursing home room - 24 hours. Just the room charge. [more inside]
posted by cda
on May 13, 2013 -
Great-grandma is sick in the hospital. Kids want to send her letters and drawings (crayon on office paper, ca. 2013) ... but kids are sick with unknown illness (flu-like symptoms - fever, cough, etc). How to avoid spreading the germs through the mail? [more inside]
posted by jferg
on Apr 15, 2013 -
I have an internet friend (never met IRL) whom I met on a discussion board for a health issue we share in common. We connected because we live in the same city and are undergoing the same treatments. He has told me his uncommon first name, his employer, and the hospital where he's being treated, as well as the fact that (unfortunately) his most recent procedure had a lot of complications and he's still in hospital.
Would it be really weird to send flowers and/or a card? [more inside]
posted by telegraph
on Apr 15, 2013 -
Bringing my daughter to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In a wheelchair. Looking for the best/easiest (yet cheapest?) way to get from the airport, where to stay, what to do. [more inside]
posted by valleys
on Apr 7, 2013 -
I'm experiencing abdominal pain, and would like a non-medical sounding board for how serious it sounds, and whether it's hospital worthy (given my almost non-existent lack of health insurance). You are not my doctor, etc., etc., but I'd like some non-medical advice about whether what I'm experiencing is something serious, or something that I can just push through. I think I have a low pain tolerance threshold, and I'm not good at gauging relative pain strength while in pain, so I'd like some perspective. I don't know which details are important, so I'm including them all. [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad
on Mar 26, 2013 -
if you get a cut on your face that requires stitches and you go to the ER is it better to ask for a plastic surgeon or a maxillofacial to stitch you up? And is the hospital required to give you one if you ask for it?
posted by john123357
on Feb 28, 2013 -
I had surgery in October of 2010, paid all of the expenses past insurance, etc., and haven't heard from the hospital in 2 years. I've since moved, and received a bill yesterday for $138 that is "leftover from my surgery." The bill is dated February 13, but since the mail was forwarded, I just received it yesterday. I have no idea a) why I'm receiving this bill now or b) what it's actually for, and my contact with the hospital has yielded absolutely nothing. The charges it lists are nearly identical to those that are on the bills I (thankfully) saved post-surgery. I've called their billing department a couple of times, to no avail. The gist of the conversations: "It's for the surgery. Pay it." What are my options?
posted by eenagy
on Feb 27, 2013 -
Can you think of any good sources of information on Polish daily eating habits, dietary trends, frequently used ingredients and dishes etc.? Bonus question: how much overlap is there with other Eastern European countries? [more inside]
posted by sively
on Jan 22, 2013 -
I am a technology teacher who is starting a careers project with my middle schoolers next month. [more inside]
posted by aetg
on Jan 11, 2013 -
My wife and I have our hospital bags packed, ready to take with us when we're heading to the hospital to have the baby. We've got the various odds and ends like a change of clothes, toiletries, chapstick, devices & chargers, camera, etc. If you've done this before, what do you wish you'd brought (or what did you make sure you brought the second time)?
posted by davebug
on Jan 8, 2013 -
I recently found out a medical bill got returned by the post office and went to collections. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 2, 2013 -
My father contracted MRSA during a long stay in hospital. Is it worth investigating legal action against the hospital(s)? [more inside]
posted by Diag
on Dec 29, 2012 -
Is it worth my time/energy to complain to my hospital about negative interactions with a Dr. 18 months ago? I had complained several times previously to the Dr's office with no response, but new information has come to light that makes me even more irritated, since I found a document they gave me that misstates my height by 10 inches (4'11" instead of 5'9"), putting my BMI at 32, which explains why she lectured me on being fat. [more inside]
posted by MonsieurBon
on Dec 13, 2012 -
Medical-results-waiting-game Filter: How have you (or a loved one) dealt with waiting for medical tests and for the results? How do you stop yourself from pessimism? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Dec 6, 2012 -
I'm sick Metafilter. I'm in a bad way and I want your advice. I have a nasty case of the flu. I visited my doctor yesterday morning, and she diagnosed me with the flu, though the nasal swab test she gave me was negative for Flu A and Flu B.
At the time I thought I was getting better, but now I think I've taken a turn for the worse. I'm contemplating going to the emergency room, and I'd like your advice on how I should decide whether or not to go, when to go, if I should bring someone with me, and anything else I should ask or do.
I know you're not my doctor. I'm going to visit my doctor's sick call hours first thing in the morning if I don't go to the ER. That's in about 11 hours. [more inside]
posted by Reverend John
on Nov 28, 2012 -
My closest friend has been admitted to an excellent psychiatric hospital for about 90 days due to some major issues with her bi-polar disorder. Due to her noncompliant behavior & some comments that she has made, she is on restriction right now but I have been told that I can send her a care package & they will allow her to have it when they feel like she deserves privileges. I've looked all over the internet for some help on what is ok & not ok to send but I'm finding little information.
Does anyone have suggestions on what someone in that situation would appreciate & what is allowed & not allowed per hospital regulations? I'm sending the obvious stuff like snacks (small, pre-packaged in cellophane), books, hard cover journals, pictures (no frames), socks, toiletries & a few other things to keep her busy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Nov 24, 2012 -
What is the name of the technical difference between "In *a* hospital" and "In hospital"? [more inside]
posted by 517
on Nov 5, 2012 -
Can anyone give me any information or insight into how I might find my biological father? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Sep 23, 2012 -
How can I get over periods of psychosis and depression by putting it behind me, gaining some experiences and achievements to make the relapses feel like less of a big deal?or How can I stop thinking about me? [more inside]
posted by Erred
on Sep 19, 2012 -
Please give me recommendations on good Bay Area cancer treatment centers. [more inside]
posted by pluot
on Aug 15, 2012 -
What Hospital(s) would a tourist who had an accident in San Francisco likely be sent to? [more inside]
posted by Elmore
on Aug 2, 2012 -
Are there risks in having botox injections for a neutropenia sufferer?
A relation of mine is determined to have botox injections to get rid of wrinkles, however, they suffer badly from cyclic neutropenia which means that their immune system is often weak and have white blood cell issues and consequently they get infections frequently. I am aware that botox is botulinum toxin and I have kept trying to persuade her to see her doctor before having botox injections, to check whether they are safe for her in light of neutropenia. She is desperate to go ahead with this and it is hard to persuade her to get medical advice on this. From a layman's perspective, I am concerned that this may be dangerous for her.
Does anybody with medical knowledge, perhaps haematology, know if this botox is safe for neutropenia sufferers?
posted by conrad101
on Jul 20, 2012 -
My sister is in hospital waiting for a lung transplant. Help me keep her rampaging anxiety under control. [more inside]
posted by teedee2000
on Jun 10, 2012 -