Tom Reddick credits the professionalism of the staff at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital for saving his life.
Reddick, 66, was being prepared to be released after five days of recovering from a routine abdominal operation to correct a long-time health condition on Aug. 3 when a nurse discovered a problem while accessing data from a blood pressure monitor that he was attached to.
Reddick said the nurse immediately called for the hospital's "Code Blue" emergency response team, which included his surgeon Dr. Rudston Brown and 15 other medical professionals, that quickly stabilized his rapidly deteriorating condition and he was whisked into surgery for another operation to correct the problem, which was unrelated to his previous ailment.
He said that he was told that if the incident had occurred anywhere outside of a hospital where emergency medical teams were not close by and easily accessible, the outcome would likely have been much different.
Reddick, who hasn't stayed overnight in a hospital since he had his tonsils taken out as a child, said he was initially apprehensive about his original procedure and how he would be treated at the NRGH.
But his experience at the NRGH has made him appreciate the quality of local health services, including the hard and thorough work of the cleaning staff at NRGH as well as the good and high-quality food that he was served during his time there.
"They all rushed to my rescue with the pedal to the middle and I feel very fortunate that so many exceptional health professionals, including Dr. Rudston Brown, were there to help save my life," he said.
"I'm so happy with the quality of the care I received in the 11 days that I was in the hospital. During my stay, the people there were very concerned about my comfort, pain management and my general wellbeing. I was so impressed and I know that the future in health care in Nanaimo and B.C. is in good hands."
Reddick's wife Colleen was by his side when the Code Blue was called.
She said her husband quickly lost consciousness soon after the team arrived and she was gently ushered out of the room while Reddick was worked on.
Colleen said it was quickly apparent how serious her husband's condition was at the time, but she was put at ease by members of the Code Blue Team and knew he was in good hands.
"It was quite amazing how fast they responded and how professional they were both with me and Tom," she said.
"They were very concerned about Tom and worked well together to stabilize him and save his life. I'm very thankful for them for that."
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