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From: Paul Nachman [e-mail him]
Re: Joe Guzzardi's Column: Then They Came for the Nurses (And the Taxpayers.)
But what about the nurses effects on patient care?
In January 2005, I underwent an operation that had me stay one post-operative night in Torrance Memorial Hospital (Torrance, California).
I was knocked out before the operation, so I don't know who attended me in the operating room.
My operation, though significant, was routine. And the missed communication was apparently of no consequence.
Maybe I was just lucky. After all, it's easy enough to have misunderstandings between native speakers of a common language.
But to inject additional language uncertainty into medical situations strikes me as foolhardy.