I can't find a better place to post this so please bare with me
I recently was unconscious and had to be rushed to the ER. While I was in the ambulance I came to somewhat. The one thing I definitely remember is one of the paramedics telling another one, "go ahead and put a catheter in him, no anesthesia" in a real snarky tone.
Thanks to this I have a urethral stricture (damaged urethra, not severely but it is painful when i ejaculate/urinate)
Is this something I can press charges against the paramedics for?
Irethral strictures are a known complication of catheters. Using anaesthesia would not have helped. Maybe not using lubrication would predispose you. Their argument would be that it was an emergency/ your word against theirs.
Hospital may settle out of court.
Fuck this guy.
morally he is right, but the system fucked you and now you should cash in.
contact a good personal injury attorney in your area. PROVIDE AS MUCH EVIDENCE OF EVERYTHING AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN! GATHER TONS OF EVIDENCE
What exactly are you going to press charges for?
In an unresponsive/unconscious patient you aren't going to use anesthesia when putting in a foley catheter because you risk further CNS depression in an already unstable patient. This is best practices and standard operating procedure.
Also, in what clearly bizarre circumstance are you getting a urinary cath in a pre-hospital setting anyway? I've never seen it happen in many years of EMS experience, nor have heard of it being done. Patients get cath'd when they hit the ER, but the pre-hospital setting is not a sterile environment so they simply aren't done.
NOTE: Catheter can also refer to an IV catheter, suction catheters, etc. A suction catheter for instance would be used if someone has vomit in their airway, but you can spray their mouth with a lidocaine (local anesthetic) mixture before hand to dampen the potential gag reflex in some cases.
Generally, ambulances only carry short-term sedatives, not true anesthesia for a variety of reasons, aside from a helicopter perhaps.
I don't really see this going anywhere, but more power to you.