"Uncharacteristic confusion when in hospital"
About: Tameside General Hospital / Older people's healthcare Tameside General Hospital Older people's healthcare OL6 9RW
Posted by Julsy3 (as ),
This story has been posted by Healthwatch Tameside on behalf of a member of the public who asked not to have their name published. They said…
This lady's husband of 50 years was in Tameside Hospital on ward 41. He was confused because of a urine infection. He was on intravenous fluids which he tolerated at first as he was drowsy, but pulled out the drip when he became more alert. Also became argumentative and asking to go home. The nurse dealing with him said he was aggressive, and she was not prepared to put up with his behaviour. His wife assured staff that he was not usually like this, and she (a qualified, retired midwife) knew it was confusion due to the infection. Wife not happy about his care. He was catheterised and lying on a rubber sheet which could be seen as it was not covered by bedclothes. He was not washed properly as the staff said he didn't want to be washed. A urine sample was not taken as the staff said he didn't give permission for them to take it from his catheter.
Suggestion - could staff all be made aware that an elderly confused patient may appear to be aggressive but that could be due to infection and the disorientation of not being in familiar surroundings?