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    Default How safe are we in hospital.

    My sister, who was 74, died a week or so ago. She was admitted to hospital for a life saving operation (pancreatic cancer), whilst in hospital she contracted covid and was moved into the covid ward where she died a few days later.

    It was probably for the best as she was terribly depressed and didn't have a great deal to look forward to, the cancer had spread and after the operation she couldn't eat any solid food, just pureed food, so not a lot of life quality left. And of course nobody gets over pancreatic cancer, so she probably didn't have long anyway.

    I hadn't had much to do with her for the last 50 odd years as we lived on opposite sides of the country and contact was sporadic, but I did enjoy our occasional phone calls where we reminisced about our childhood.

    I'm more than likely going to have hip replacement surgery again in the next month, fixing the previous botched surgery.
    I'm not worried about dying, I won't miss this place we've made for ourselves, but I'd rather not die of some plague the Chinese inflicted on us.

    The question is though, just how safe are we in hospital?

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    Depends a lot on the individual hospital, its staff and your overall health.
    My BIL died in hospital 2 weeks ago but he had substantial multiple health issues and it was his choice to stop all treatments, having said that he did say it was the best hospital he had ever been to which says a lot for someone who was the head Medical Technologist for one of the Australian states/territories.
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    My wife was in a month ago for a bit, then again 2 weeks ago.

    Brain tumour partially removed (size of a cigarette box) and subsequent stroke. Not great.

    The hospital was VERY serious about COVID and following the rules. Hands must be cleaned in and out, masks at all times. The halls had filters. Patients had one visitor only, two a day maximum.

    There was URGENCY is getting patients moved on ASAP. No hanging around once one is deemed mobile - you are handed your hat and bid good afternoon!



    I know that about 3 people a day are still dying here (Canberra) and they are all 75+ with other aliments into the mix.

    It seems that those already sick get hammered.

    I don't know if there is an alternative to hospital, but I did find it amusing the whole building is sealed into one giant hermetic box with ZERO ventilation. Not one single window open. Madness.

    We ensured everyone in the family was right up to date on vaccinations before admission.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodPixel View Post
    … but I did find it amusing the whole building is sealed into one giant hermetic box with ZERO ventilation. Not one single window open. Madness.
    Having lived in Canberra for 12 years, I don’t think opening hospital windows there in winter is really an option.

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    As an experienced veteran of most of Brisbane's hospitals I can attest to the massive differences in care from one to the next. I don't know where you are so I can offer no direct experience away from here. If you do happen to be in SEQ I can offer my opinion .
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    Quote Originally Posted by sacc51 View Post
    ...but I'd rather not die of some plague the Chinese inflicted on us.
    Wow. Good worldly view right there.
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