Sunday, April 05, 2009

People Say That "Malaysian Government Hospitals Suck" For A Reason

I promised to write this entry a few weeks back, but my schedule has been shot out of the sky... Anyway, it's about our experience of having a baby at Selayang Hospital.

Actually, let me pen down all the mistakes they made first:
  1. Did not want to take any action even Joey was overdue. There was nothing we could do about it, as it is hospital "policy" to wait 7 to 10 days overdue. The subsequent result is that baby Tim got too big too fast in the last week of pregnancy. Tim was born at 4.29KG, which according to my doctor friends, the attending doctor will get questioned by his/her boss for not monitoring the weight of the baby closely.
  2. Joey's planned C-section was bumped last minute, due to the reason that "there were too many emergency cases in the surgical theater, therefore the anesthesiologist's schedule is full and our surgery has to be postponed". OK, sure - fair enough. But Joey had been fasting for more than 8 hours *and* without a drip, so upon hearing that news, Joey went ahead and had her meal. 15 mins later, the anesthesiologist walked in and was surprised that Joey was eating. Apparently the intern doctor (or "medical officer", as they are called in Malaysia) that broke us the news earlier was mistaken. Too bad, the surgery has to be postponed to the next day.
  3. They got Joey's blood group wrong. And she almost got a transfusion with a wrong blood type, because she lost more than 1 liter worth of blood during surgery.
  4. The nurses almost gave Tim BCG shot, TWICE. Apparently the nurses in the maternity ward and NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) did not communicate.
There are many more nauces to be told, but that's 4 major ones that I can recall. Stay tuned for more background stories.

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