Monday, January 03, 2011

Why critical thinking skills are important: hospital emergency staff didn't pay enough attention to critically ill child

Sacramento girl needed amputations after 5-hour wait at emergency room
By Cynthia Hubert
Dec. 31, 2010
Last Modified: Jan. 3, 2011

...A Methodist [Hospital] spokeswoman, Erin MacEneaney, said the hospital cannot comment on specific cases because of privacy laws. "However, Methodist Hospital does everything to ensure the appropriate level of care for our patients," she said.

The family's ordeal began on a Sunday morning in early December, when the normally rambunctious Malyia developed a fever and became lethargic, Ryan Jeffers recalled.

When her symptoms persisted the next day, Jeffers and Yang, his fiancé, took their daughter to an urgent care center, where specialists told them to go to the emergency room. By the time they arrived at Methodist, he said, splotches that looked like bruises had developed on Malyia's cheeks, and she was "getting really weak," he said. "After a while, she couldn't even walk," and her fever had jumped to 103 degrees.

Jeffers, 29, said he pushed for immediate care, but was rebuffed. After about five hours, he said, he ambushed a nurse and demanded to see a doctor. The physician took blood samples that suggested Malyia was in liver failure, Jeffers said. She was taken by ambulance to the pediatric intensive care unit at Sutter Memorial Hospital. Doctors there had her flown to Stanford aboard a helicopter...

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