"Admission to the Trauma Unit after a MVA"
About: Royal Perth Hospital Royal Perth Hospital Perth 6000 http://www.rph.wa.gov.au/
Posted by Old Nurse (as ),
My husband and I were involved in an MVA recently. I was admitted to the Trauma Unit. Where I was very well looked after.
I was in the Trauma Unit with a neck brace on for a number of days. During this time I had an X-ray and CT scan, both of which showed no fractures. The doctor then ordered an MRI, which showed 5 wedge fractures in my thoracic spine and another in my lumbar spine.
I was then transferred to a lower care ward, but the MRI wasn't taken with me. As a result I didn't receive the appropriate care once I was there. The next day the physio had me out of bed and walking and the OT said I could go home. The doctor only ordered panadol for my discharge and I was in agony. When I explained the situation to the physio, they then went and checked my notes. When the physio returned they told me not to do the exercises they'd given me because I did have fractures and they were not appropriate exercises.
I was very well cared for by all staff and they were all lovely, but whoever is responsible for the transfer of information needs to get it right, because that information then influences the follow-up care of the patient. I have now seen my GP who has given me appropriate advice and pain relief.