ER & Hospital Documents
Know what you are agreeing to
After recently experiencing an emergency involving my teenager, I realized that there are a few things people need to be made aware of that our Patient Caregivers & Consent forms may not directly address. Every consenting adult still needs to have these documents printed and ready to go in case of an emergency (which you can find HERE), but there are some additional considerations you should look out for during an ER visit.
The first issue I came across was with the paramedics. My daughter had a seizure, which she has never had before, and we don’t have a history of seizures in our family. There was no known reason why she had this and by all measures, she’s a healthy teenage girl. When the paramedics arrived the seizure had passed but she was in a state of confusion which is what happens directly after. However, the paramedic still wanted to give her seizure medication with no active symptoms. I asked what were the risks, benefits, and alternatives and the paramedic seemed bewildered and said the risk was she could have another seizer. I said we didn’t know why she had this one and I asked, “Will this medicine prevent another?” She said there was no guarantee but it’s just what they do. I told her no, I didn’t want her to have that medication now, and that she hadn’t told me any of the risks from the drug, just a possibility of another event occurring. Then she said well “What if she has another seizure, do you want me to give it then?” I asked, “When does it become serious?” and she informed me after about 5 minutes. In this case, my daughter had only been seizing for about a minute and she was talking and had normal pb, and heart rate. We agreed that we would address the need for medication as needed.
A similar conversation happened with the doctor in the ER. All her tests came back normal, ekg, ct scan, and blood work but he still wanted to give her this medication “just in case”. I asked about the risks, and he told me she may get sleepy. That’s not a risk to me, I’ve never heard of someone dying from being sleepy. I asked about alternatives, and he said this is normally what they give. Again, not an acceptable answer to the question. Oddly enough, two days after while researching at home, I came across an Epoch Times article that was about the very drug they wanted to give my daughter and the FDA now warns about a new fatal side effect as recently as November 2023. This warning had not been previously disclosed concerning this medication and I’m sure the doctor didn’t know about this. (FDA warning HERE)
Again, I refused the medication, and the doctor told me they wouldn’t do anything without my approval. He seemed very respectful of my questions and concerns and never brought up the COVID-19 vax. Only one nurse asked me if she had been vaccinated and I said “No we don’t believe in that” and she quickly but nicely said, “Oh ok, that’s fine.” It was very different from my own hospital experience where they asked if I was vaxxed constantly and relentlessly pushed for me and my family to get vaccinated. They also never asked about the Covid test nor attempted to test my daughter. It was like they wanted to do the usual tests and get us out and back home. This could have been attributed to my questioning, the adjustments I made to their documents, or they could have been good people who don’t participate in the “agenda”. Whatever the reason, it’s my job to protect my child not blindly trust others.
The nurse came in with the hospital’s general consent forms on her tablet ready for either parent to sign, where one digital signature would have been an agreement to several different terms that had not been discussed or read over. We asked the nurse to please provide a printed copy of the document for us to read and then we would sign those. She complied and came back with the documents and I’d like to look at a few key points that I did not agree with.
Know What You Are Agreeing To
The first statement I disagreed with was allowing students to participate in my daughter’s care as this was a teaching facility as well as a hospital. I scratched through the word “agree” and wrote in “do not consent”. My daughter was there to be treated by trained, certified, professionals and was not there as a tool for their educational purposes.
Next was an agreement to testing after accidental exposure. I did not agree with this either. My daughter should not be randomly tested as with Covid “plandemic” because of the hospital staff’s inability to contain a disease or possibly inadvertently spreading one. I don’t even trust them to be truthful about a disease or would they just say there was one.
The next issue was the release of information which I disagreed with, especially after hearing testimonials of COVID protocol victims and families. It was suspiciously grouped with financial payments and continued care providers. The part I did not agree with was that her information would be shared with organ transplant services should they see her as a potential donor (she’s not). It also included that leftover “specimens” would be used for research. She is my child and there to be medically treated, not their lab rat.
Another disagreement I had was with photography. The original document stated the agreement to videotaping, photographing, and other recordings of the patient’s body for quality control, and performance improvement, and was to be the property of the facility. Again, I do not consent or comply with this. It’s obvious that hospitals nor their governing agencies care about quality or performance improvements and my daughter’s images are hers not the property of a hospital system.
There were also a few things I added. The first was that I was her legal guardian and would have informed consent prior to any treatment and that no vaccinations would be given without my consent.
The last thing I added was that I required and requested an itemized list of billing for everything done concerning my daughter’s medical treatment. This was to make sure we were not being charged for unknown things or ridiculous amounts.
I truly believe if patients go into the hospital calm but authoritative on their patient rights they will have a better experience. Also, be sure to ask questions upfront before any treatments are given. Make sure that you have your knowledge backed with documentation and know what you’re signing before you sign it. You don’t have to agree with everything someone puts in front of you, especially under stressful conditions. This is why it is so important to be prepared beforehand (when possible) and never let fear push you to make a rash decision. Please continue to learn, ask questions, and seek and share the truth.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” Hosea 4:6