"Misdiagnosis in the ED"
About: Karratha Health Campus Karratha Health Campus Karratha 6714
Posted by firemf85 (as ),
I wasn't going to write my opinion, however, it has been playing on my mind and I would hate for another family to go through it. We attended my GP with my infant baby who sent us straight to the ED as my child had what seemed like seizures. We got seen a few hours later by a new ED doctor I believe, who diagnosed my baby with an ear and throat infection and put them on antibiotics. I questioned the seizures and the doctor said most likely febrile. In regards to the seizures, they told me to go back to my GP if they continued.
So I went back to my GP the next morning, they gave me a letter to be seen by a pediatrician straight away as the episodes were of high concern and I believe there was no sign of any ear infection or throat infection, no temp etc. Went to ED again and was made sit in a waiting room for around 5.5hrs as it was not triaged as urgent although my baby was having seizures in the waiting room full of people.
Finally we got seen after I raised my concern to the triage nurse and got seen by the same doc as the day before (as I believe there was no Paed onsite) and they were like, oh you're back. I presented them with a video I recorded of my baby having a seizure as I felt like I was not being believed as the day before I was told it was an ear and throat infection. I stated that I wanted my baby checked again and wow my baby had, I believe, no sign of an ear or throat infection. The doctor's reply was, no infection I was sure there was sorry!. How can you misdiagnosis that? you would think as a parent we could trust a medical professional. One failed attempt to cannula my child then another doctor tried and succeeded however I believe they didn't withdraw enough blood to run a test which I found out the next day.
Dr. Anand came to see us at night (he was lovely) and we were admitted to the ward and had the most amazing doctor. Dr. Sarah who kept us informed with everything, and was, I believe, in continuous contact to PCH. However, because we were ignored the first time we visited ED we ran into the long weekend which put a delay on everything. However, Sarah was extremely informative and kept us in the loop. We then had to do a non-sterile urine sample, however, a few days later (after we were transferred to Perth) I got a call to say that the scientist "forgot" to freeze the sample so it was no good.
My main concern was that the doctor who was not concerned about what I came in about and how they could misdiagnose an ear and throat infection is beyond me (I was also told the amoxicillin dosage prescribed was quite high so must have been a bad infection).