Patient Story

Your Name: Carol Simshauser

Patient's Name/Relationship: Carol Simshauser / Self

City/State: Salisbury/MD

When did event occur (what year)? 2017

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 went in for routine surgery, Hysterectomy (full) & repair prolapsed rectum. During my healing period I complained of back pain and was told it was part of healing. 8-9 weeks after surgery I ended up back in the hospital in a wheelchair due to extreme pain in lower back. After many test & MRi they found out I had an infection (MRSA) in my back bone (L5/S1)

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

Carol submitted an addendum to her story, below:

Your Name: Carol Simshauser

Patient's Name/Relationship: Carol Simshauser/Self

City/State: Salisbury/MD

When did event occur (what year)? 2017

Where did event occur? Nursing Home

What type of medical harm did you experience or witness? Harm From a Prescription Drug

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 submitted an article earlier after contracting MRSA on my lower back (L5/S1) after surgery. After extended stay in the hospital I was sent to a nursing home in Salisbury (Anchorage). After 13 days my children order them to call am ambulance, found out later I had been over dosed with Oxycodone and in emergency room I was given Narcan and ended back in the Hosptial for 2 more weeks before going to a different Nursing Home

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