Your Name: Charles Gallagher
Patient's Name/Relationship: self
When did event occur (what year)? 2014
Where did event occur? Acute Care General Hospital
What type of medical harm did you experience or witness? Healthcare-Acquired Infection
Please describe what happened. Your story will appear on our website exactly as you have written it unless there is a problem, in which case we will contact you for clarification. I had some facial reconstructive surgery at Abrazo's Arrowhead Hospital after MOHS procedure for basal cell carcinoma and was released the same day. The next evening I had severe upper back & chest pain that worsened when I breathed or moved. I was advised by the surgeon to go to the ER at the same hospital for treatment and was diagnosed with pleurisy. I had follow-up with a pulmonologist who diagnosed me with nosocomial (hospital acquired) infection. I was put on steroids.
What was the outcome of the medical harm issue? Serious or life-threatening injury