I went by the hospital this afternoon to check on the patient that had the lower limb removed. Today I had no problem going to the fourth floor after I explained my need to check on the patient.
When I arrived at the nurses desk I asked how the patient was doing. I was told that from a medical standpoint, he was doing as well as possible, but he was very sad and depressed. I asked if I could go back and see him so he knew he still had someone checking in and communicating with his family in the US.
I was told that currently visitors were not being permitted in that part of the floor because of an existing bacteria. Today, I didn’t see any of the nurses in special gowns or masks, so I can only assume it is not as dangerous as it was on one of my previous visits.
I also saw the hospital director in the area, and he was in a normal suit, so this is more conformation of a lower level of concern.
When one of the nurses heard me asking about this patient, she said he needed some cream his body and requested that I purchase some Lubriderm. I knew I had seen it at PriceSmart and said I would go get it and bring it back.
I made the purchase and on reentering the hospital, I went to the administrative area and had my contact there write the patient’s name on the cream. I then delivered the cream to the patient’s nurse on the fourth floor.
Today’s visit points out the necessity of having family or friends involved if a patient is in this hospital. The hospital would not have provided the needed Lubriferm cream. It is obviously not a supply kept in the hospital.