Whistleblower #0041 RN. 30years. Agency Worker, Multiple Wards. AHPRA Verified
By Staff Reporter
RN. 30years. Agency worker, multiple wards.
Part 1 of 2.
I have been a registered Nurse for over 30 years. I work for an Agency, so at multiple facilities and wards.
(1). The first patient I encountered with a possible reaction was an elderly lady sent in from an age care facility. This lady was usually alert and orientated.
She was active and ambulant.
It was her second presentation in 24 hours.
She had her first Covid vaccination the previous morning. That evening she had a fall, and was sent to ED. After review she was discharged. The following evening she experienced a seizure. She had a history of Epilepsy.
I actually contacted the RN at the facility for further information. She told me:
The patients epilepsy was well.
controlled. It had been over a year since her last seizure. Her seizures normally followed a pattern and the patient always knew she was going to have one. She was normally aware that she had experienced a seizure afterwards.
The RN said the patient had had no warning this time and no recollection of the seizure. She also said the seizure was much more intense than previously.
It was the combination of the Covid vaccine, the fall, and the abnormal presentation of the seizure that had concerned her. This concern was the reason she had called QAS.
When I assessed the patient she had no recollection of the seizure and did not know why she had been sent to hospital.
She had recollection of the early part of the day only.
She was also able to tell me in detail what normally occurs when she has a seizure and when her last one was.
(2). The second was a gentleman in his 60’s with COPD. This man was able to tell me about his condition. He had a medical plan for managing acute exacerbations and rarely presented to Hospital.
His Covid vaccine was a few days earlier. That evening after the vaccine he become increasingly breathless and felt generally unwell. He had implemented everything in his plan but his condition had worsened. He said,” I scared the wife, so she called QAS. ” He added that he had never been this breathless and was concerned that he might die this time.