Keep latex out of my son and all latex allergic patients rooms
  • Petitioned Douglas Strong

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CEO University of Michigan Hospital
Douglas Strong
Executive Director of University Hospitals and Chief Operating Officer, HHC
T. A. Denton
Office of Vice President and Secretary of the University
Sally J. Churchill
Board of Regents U of M
Denise Ilitch
Board of Regents U of M
Andrea Fischer Newman
Board of Regents U of M
S. Martin Taylor
Board of Regents U of M
Katherine E. White
Board of Regents U of M
Andrew C. Richner
U of M Board of Regents
Olivia P. Maynard
U of M Board of Regents
Laurence B. Deitch
U of M Board of Regents
Julia Donovan Darlow
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs
Ora Pescovitz
President University of Michigan
Mary Sue Coleman
Risk Management
University of Michigan Hospital

Keep latex out of my son and all latex allergic patients rooms

    1. Frances Janis
    2. Petition by

      Frances Janis

      Dearborn Heights, MI

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August 2012

Victory

We had a conference with the Chief Risk Officer Rick Boothman and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Skip Campbell to resolve the issues of latex and now have worked out a latex safe environment for all latex allergic patients at University of Michigan Hospital. Dr. Ora Pescovitz who is the Executive Vice President for medical affairs helped facilitate the meeting after I spoke at the U of M Board meeting on April 19th, 2012, we appreciate her assistance. Later update: messaged supporters hospital is now phasing out latex gloves for all patients.

Our son John who has a tracheotomy was hospitalized at University of Michigan Hospital on December 21st, 2011. We had signs placed and notated on his medical chart he is latex allergic and no red robinson (latex) catheters to be used for suctioning him. We returned later that day and discovered several red robinson catheters in his cart. Patient care and risk management were both called along with the charge nurse as this was now the 7th time this had happened to John this year. They promised again to address this problem.

On December 31st, 2011, we were preparing for John's discharge when we once again discovered a bundle of red robinson catheters in his cart. Calls were again made to risk management with them stating they would put more signs around his room to remind others of his life threatening problem, but medication was available on the floor should the latex cause him to stop breathing and he would suffer no harm.

We have chosen to keep our son from being admitted to the hospital since that time as I strongly feel that a hospital should not place my son nor anyone else in a situation that would do greater harm than they were admitted for. Please sign our petition and convince University of Michigan hospital to revisit this serious problem.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Latex gloves being removed from Medical Procedures Unit as of June 1st

      Frances Janis
      Petition Organizer

      Latex gloves will be removed as of June 1st from the Medical Procedures Unit. The latex catheters have been removed from use as we had asked. Training is being implemented with staff and will be ongoing to remind them how deadly latex can be to some. I want to thank one and all for their support.

    2. Talked with Chief Medical Officer and Chief Risk Officer

      Frances Janis
      Petition Organizer

      We had an informative and hopefully productive meeting with Dr. Skip Campbell (Chief Medical Officer and Rick Boothman (Chief Risk Officer). We are cautiously hopeful that they are working to minimize red robinson latex catheters in all areas, use latex free carts as we were previously orally promised, educate staff and promote awareness of latex allergies, develop a training video on latex allergies and improve the manner in how this situation was allowed to continue. Though John had to be admitted this last week to another hospital (now safely home), we are encouraged by this meeting. The petition is not being dropped until the steps are fully in place. I thank all of you for helping us hopefully help University of Michigan Hospital help latex allergic patients along with my son.

    3. Meeting scheduled Monday at University of Michigan Hospital

      Frances Janis
      Petition Organizer

      We are scheduled to talk to the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Risk Officer on Monday at 4 pm. They are now aware of our concerns, but are still unsure of how to address these issues with regards to John and other patients with latex allergies. The ball is in their court as John is now hospitalized at another hospital due to possible pneumonia (4-24-12). This battle is not won yet as they are not sure on creating a latex free area and are possibly focusing on allaying our concerns. Please keep up your support and sharing this petition with others to help them realize they need to do what is best not only for my son but for all patients.

    4. Spoke to Executive VP of Medical Affairs Ora Pescovitz

      Frances Janis
      Petition Organizer

      We spoke at the meeting, Ora Pescovitz came up to talk to us afterwords. She talked about possibly having a latex free area of a unit, but no plans are firm, no date, no anything...just possibilities. We are to once again call risk administration on Monday, will update after that call. Ann Arbor News was there but was talking with the multiple student as they had a day of diversity. Not backing down, we need more signatures, we need this situation to get out to the media so we can not listen to one more I'm sorry...that will not help John or anyone else. Please help us affect a change!

    5. Speaking at the Regents Meeting for University of Michigan at 3 pm 4-19

      Frances Janis
      Petition Organizer

      We are one of ten speakers after the business meeting on Thursday April 19 th,. We are working on making a concise 5 minute speech in which to make them aware of the life threatening issues John has experienced at University of Michigan hospital and see what can be done to help them help us to affect a change. Please keep raising awareness on this situation so everyone is safe in their hospital room!

    6. We have now reached 132 signatures, ADA sending out complaint form

      Frances Janis
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to one of our signers for notating a court case that involved latex in Maryland and the fact that it had statutes from Americans for Disability Act of 1990. John would be covered under that act and we are researching a possible complaint and relief through the justice system if this petition fails. We appreciate your support more than you could imagine!

    7. We have 113 signatures

      Frances Janis
      Petition Organizer

      We are reaching all over the country with people who feel the same way, keep the latex away from John and other patients. Sadly, University of Michigan despite having the president's email on the petition has not responded so we are keeping this up until we have them come to the table and work with us on this serious life or death issue. Please help in keeping this petition in the forefront, add it to your page with a short explanation of why you support it or email friends. Thanks so much!

    8. Reached 100 signatures
    9. We have gotten 83 signatures in 2 days which is great!

      Frances Janis
      Petition Organizer

      But.....we need more signatures, I doubt University of Michigan will consider this a significant number to truly do something about all of this. Please keep spreading this, email your friends...not sure how else to get out the word. Thanks for all the support!

    10. Reached 50 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Aileen Maloney MANITOU BEACH, MI
      • about 2 years ago

      I am a latex sensitive Michigan nurse and former employee of UMHS.

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    • Sue Lockwood RICHFIELD, WI
      • about 2 years ago

      It is very important that when a person has a latex allergy that you follow latex free precautions.They can not be exposed You acquire the allergy by repeated exposures and There isn't a cure for latex allergy just AVOIDANCE.

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      • about 2 years ago

      3 million of the general population are Latex Allergic.

      17% of Heath Care Workers are Latex Allergic.

      I too am Latex Allergic.

      Each and every exposure to Latex causes a more serious reaction in those who are allergic. It's not enough to just not use latex products when in a patient's room, those latex particles stay airborne for eight hours and coat everything. Those tiny NRLA particles are enough to send me, or any other highly allergic individual, into anaphylaxis.

      It's 2012, and we've known about this allergy and the risk to patients and Health Care Workers for over thirty years, it is time to stop this needless risk!

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    • Patrick Black LAKELAND, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      Michigan Leads, on the Football field, on the Campus, and at the Hospital... So why this is taking so long to get implamented is crazy when it's a simple and a nessary process. Let's get it done!!!!

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    • Crystal Foley WILLOW RIVER, MN
      • about 2 years ago

      This situation is astounding and unconscionable, how frightening to know that your life is in the hands of a group of apathetic, flippant, self righteous people.

      In the late 90's I went into the hospital for surgery, having thoroughly explained that I would need food completely devoid of any form of sugar and being assured that this would be accommodated ... only to find that EVERY food I was provided contained copious amounts of sugar. If a friend hadn't smuggled food in to me I would have had to have gone without for the entire three days I was there.

      There is NO excuse for hospitals and hospital personnel knowingly harming their patients, this is abuse. This abhorrent behavior from these entities needs to change NOW.

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