Companion Pass Requirement With Hospital Admission

Companion Pass Requirement With Hospital Admission

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Jason Buddin started this petition to Governor Henry McMaster and

My name is Jason Buddin.  I was recently diagnosed with but have since recovered from Covid-19. Thankfully I survived this nasty virus that came despite the usual precautions of social distancing and changes to our regular schedules. Our friend that shared our booth at a local market did not. We both are small business owners not supported by unemployment funding and sell what we make in order to support our families during this pandemic. Kristie, my wife and I all got sick at the same time (likely from someone who came through the market) but Kristie succumbed to Covid-19 on 3/6/2021.  I recently was treated at two local emergency rooms (one where my wife took me directly to the emergency room doors and another closer to our house where a local ambulance took me when I collapsed and could not get up). As a result of these experiences I need to share a deep concern, and hope you all can see the need and help to rectify it for others.
Currently patients in any medical facility are not allowed to have a companion when admitted. Patients are to be dropped off at the doors and then whisked away by medical staff, leaving whomever brought them not knowing anything about their loved one.  One hospital did not even bother to answer the phone while my wife tried to check on me after an ambulance took me away from our home where she too was very sick with Covid. After waiting more than two and a half minutes for anyone to even answer the phone (the main line) at the hospital where the ambulance driver told my wife they intended to take me as long as they were able to get in, the hospital staff refused to even confirm I had indeed been brought to their location by ambulance. My wife was told she would have to wait until someone else called her back to answer her questions. A patient going in for medical attention is left to the mercy of medical staff, not knowing which ones care and which ones do not. 

When you are forced to take someone to a hospital at present, you don't know if your loved one is going to receive quality care or as in my case to be dumped in a room and left there for hours without anyone even checking on me.  I already have breathing problems without Covid and was left puking with zero concern whatsoever from medical staff. In fact, at one point the oxygen tube that was provided slipped down from my nostrils and a nurse walking through got angry with me and ripped it off my face saying that if I wasn't even going to use it then I didn't need it hooked up! I was so weak I could do very little for myself but was still aware of what they were doing to me and it was horrifying.

Who was allowed to be there to help advocate for me as I was physically too weak to be able to do so for myself? Who was allowed to make sure I received care and was not just left to die? No one! My wife and I suffered a similar experience years ago when a different local hospital supposed to be caring for my pregnant wife were content to let her die from what they said was just a virus that needed to pass. But in that case I saw the staff were doing absolutely nothing to provide care for her and was able to move her to a different hospital by ambulance that offered immediate care and saved her life. In the current state with hospitals denying entrance to any companion because of Covid there are no extra set of eyes on patients. Staff is stretched thin and unable to keep up, even those who want to do right by their patients (which from my experience sadly others don't even want that).

My proposal is to call on government leaders, including Gov. Henry McMaster and others, to enact policies which would make it impossible for hospitals to deny entrance to medical facilities for at least one companion for each patient admitted.  I believe hospitals need to be REQUIRED to have companion passes available. This means every family that has a patient in the hospital be allowed one representative to be with that patient at all times throughout their entire stay.  Our friend, mentioned at the beginning, passed away and spent the last 3 days of her life alone without any loved one there with her to care for her and offer comfort. She was entirely at the mercy of hospital staff with no support from even her husband being allowed to see her. If hospital staff will toss me in a room in the emergency room twice in two different hospitals and leave me for hours with no more than an iv in my arm, what else are they doing?! When crisis comes, who will stand up for your family member? Who is with me?  Will you sign this petition calling on our government leaders to enact what I believe is a basic human right?  We should not be forcing patients to suffer and even die alone, without representation from a beloved companion. It is inhumane and must be stopped as a common practice in our medical facilities.

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