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Asked on: 9/12/13, 2:04 pm

Last week I took my Father to the ER because he had a kidney stone. They took blood, a urine sample, did a CT scan and an ultrasound to check on his gallbladder. When all was said and done, they said the kidney stone was only 1.7 mm. They said he should have no problem passing it on his own, and sent us home with pain pills and nausea medicine. The very next day we went back to the ER because his pain was not going away and he still hadn't passed the stone. Come to find out the someone from the night before had misread the chart, the stone wasn't 1.7 mm it was 1.7 cm, which you can not pass!!! Because of this, they had to admit him into the hospital to do a procedure called Lithotripsy where they break up the stone by using shock waves. He ended up having a fever throughout the day, so therefore they couldn't perform the procedure because now he had a kidney infection. They had to settle on putting a stent in his urinal tract until the infection clears up and then they can do the Lithotripsy. If the first set of staff at the ER had caught the mm/cm mistake, my Father would have been admitted the first night, had the procedure done, and never would have gotten the kidney infection. If we hadn't taken him back to the Er the next day, the kidney infection could have gotten much worse and resulted in very bad complications for him. Kidney failure/infection traveling through the blood and who knows what else. Do I have a case? I want to sue.

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