"Scared to death by lack of oxygen"

About: Canberra Hospital

(as the patient),

I got my lung infection from a rental car on a trip to Brisbane. I was first admitted to hospital there and after about three days I was able to leave with medication (Prednisone).

On returning home I was getting better but as soon as the medication finished I deteriorated rapidly and went to Canberra hospital in Woden barely able to breathe.

I was admitted into emergency and put in a bed. I was given medication and oxygen to keep my levels up. Shortly after the supervising doctor took me off the oxygen.

I was hooked up to the monitor which goes off when the oxygen levels go too low.

My alarm began to go off repeatedly and I eventually felt that I was losing consciousness.

I asked the nurse to give me oxygen and she went to the doctor three times before it seemed to me that he allowed her to give me oxygen again. I honestly felt that the doctor was depriving me of oxygen on purpose and felt that my life was in danger.

I have been admitted for asthma several times over the years and have never felt before that I had been made to suffer on purpose. I was very scared of dying.

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Response from Patient Opinion Australia

This response has been posted by Patient Opinion on behalf of ACT Health.

Dear asthmaed,

ACT Health would like to further investigate this matter in more detail.

If possible please contact our consumer feedback and engagement team to discuss this matter further. You can contact consumer feedback on (02) 6207 7627, email healthfeedback@act.gov.au or visit our website http://www.health.act.gov.au/feedback

Thank you

Kind Regards,

Jack Walsh

A/g Project Officer

Communications & Marketing Unit | Health | ACT Government

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