I write concerning the nosocomial Alzheimer’s I caught at Sutter Coast Hospital. It may be a medical first.

Nosocomial means hospital acquired and usually refers to infection. Although I’d never had Alzheimer’s before, l “caught” it there. I also “caught” nosocomial high blood pressure and nosocomial high cholesterol. It seems the admitting doctor got my history entirely from my medication list. I take medications that can be used for the above but that’s not the reasons I take them.

I asked Sutter to remove the erroneous errors in my medical records. Twice. They refused. The first doctor had quit. The second doctor wouldn’t do so without an exam even though Sutter’s front office admitted it’s not an area of her expertise. I’m a disabled veteran and the VA prescribes my medications.

I even provided Sutter a Veterans Administration problem list and it showed no history of Alzheimer’s. Not good enough for Sutter.

You might remember me. I was that short ER nurse with the beard. I probably told you a joke and I may have helped save your life. In the nine years I worked for Sutter Coast, I think I met half of the folks in Del Norte and Curry counties.

I will be talking with the healthcare district about this and what I believe may have been inappropriate or unnecessary tests being ordered and trying to turn a one day stay into two. I went in thinking I was having a heart attack. Probably some of you did also. Sutter knew about 17 hours after you arrived if you had one. How long did they keep you before they sent you home? They also never discussed my care with me as they should have. Look up the California Patient’s Bill of Rights.

Walt Brown

Crescent City