Patient Story

Your Name: Karyn Gill

Patient's Name/Relationship: Evan Gill/daughter

City/State:Silver Spring/MD

When did event occur (what year)? 2018

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. My daughter was taken to the hospital by ambulance for a herniated disc. She couldn't move. She was left in the ER for 14 hours, transferred to "Observation" for 48 hours, sent to the "Joint/Spine" unit for one day where she was diagnosed with flu that she had contracted in the ER. Ended up in "Isolation" for 4 days. No rehab facility would take her until her flu was gone. She was finally discharged after 8 days in the hospital to an acute rehab facility for further back care. The flu, which she got in the hospital, significantly prolonged her hospital stay.

What was the outcome of the medical harm issue? Extended length of hospital stay