This was a series relative to Brain Injury Survivor Recovery Horror stories – to be followed by Brain Injury Survivor Recovery Angel Unaware stories. The series was meant to inform and educate. Hopefully, Caregivers are provided further information to understand the learning curve ahead of them, which is unlike any they have seen before.
The initial Brain Injury Survivor Recovery Horror stories resulted in claims of defamation of character, sensationalism by the author, extended glowbass.com to be a click-for-hits publication, and requested stories to be pulled where the storyline presented considerations for readers to ponder independently. Along with the claim of character assassination – came requests to remove content (censor) within a week in order to avoid litigation. Stories shared in this series “are not” directed towards “any” brain injury treatment center, rather depict a smattering of stories shared by Families, Friends, Caregivers, Conservators, and Guardians of Brain Injury Survivors.
Forthcoming stories will share brain injury survival tips, sharing positive findings and support mechanisms to help the Brain Injury Survivors, Family, Friends, Guardians, Caregivers and Conservators. These insights will provide Wounded Warriors and their families with information so they do not become subject to the demarcation of brain injured chattel.
The Examiner does not subscribe to the claims of defamation of character or sensationalism by a treatment center who requested censorship; however, to keep the peace we removed stories in this series, which a treatment center felt contained information directly associated with their business.
While Incubated – Tubes and Reinsertions
When the TBI Survivor undergoes Acute and Sub-acute treatment – PEG (Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy – feeding tubes), tracheotomy (breathing tubes), catheters (urine tubes), etc. are inserted to sustain Client health and wellness in intensive and critical care. During this level of post-trauma recovery, the Client is generally comatose or quasi-comatose. Nurses tell Caregivers, Guardians, Conservators and Family and Friends, “He or she will have ‘no memory’ of this phase of ‘their’ recovery…the brain blocks everything out right now. Don’t worry; your loved one will not remember anything happening right now.” This is true. The brain does block out the most intensely painful periods of recovery. And, to be honest, this does ease Caregiver, family and friend emotions regarding day-to-day recovery of their loved one at this time.
What is not shared by nursing Staff is during Critical, Acute and Sub-acute Care, is that while they manage your loved one’s care – if | when the TBI Survivor looses a peg, tracheotomy, catheter or “other” tube – nurses on duty have to perform reinsertions. This sounds all well and good, but the truth is, these tubes are inserted far into the body cavities and should not dislodge easily (some as much as 8 to 10 inches). One Client can have multiple dislocations of tubes at multiple sites – multiple times – but always while nursing Staff are working with the Client and never during Caregiver watch. “Why?”
It is a little known fact to Caregivers or the general public the reinsertion of Client tubes provides nursing Staff with new salary grades, steps and payment tiers in their labor categories. Once a nurse has completed reinserts in a critical or acute care setting – merit points are established and pay grades are increased. To have reinserted a peg tube, catheter, tracheotomy or other life-sustaining tube is important to critical care unit nurses. Additionally, multiple reinserts of each type add further quality and merit points. So reinserting the Client’s tubes is VERY important to nursing staff.
Care of your loved one is “a prime time” for nurses to dislodge a tube and then conduct a reinsert. Nurses volunteer and become very animated about reinsertions. Once Caregivers know why, it is a real eye-opener about the brain injury industry and this “eye-opener” is one of many to come.
To answer an obvious question, “Yes, “some” nurses remove tubes to perform reinsertions.” To do so, they pinch or disturb the Client so it appears tubing is accidentally knocked out; a fairly common occurrence is pinching – when bruises are noted by “good” nurses – Head Nurses will wrap the bed – one would think to protect the Client, but a nurse shared this is done to “intimidate nurses who are doing the pinching” as we all know a comatose Client isn’t pinching themselves. This whistleblower nurse furthered, “After all…nurses state to Caregivers the Client won’t remember this stage of their recovery. This is part of the reason they share that type of news, because it helps ease their own conscience.” Direct quote from a Sub-Acute Care Nurse from a well-known Sub-Acute Care Hospital.
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