Overton Brooks Va Medical Center - Shreveport
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My brother was a patient at Overton Brooks. He was prone to aspiration, and during his stay at the VA, they allowed a nursing student to feed him. This student was unsupervised, she did not follow a direct protocol from speech stating that he was to be fed upright at a 90 degree angle during meals, and when he aspirated she did nothing. I was there and witnessed the entire thing. My brother coded for 8 minutes before they were able to revive him. He later died from complications due to her negligence. So no, I don't feel that the VA is a great hospital. When veterans come, they should not have unsupervised students doing anything to them. When a family brings their loved one to the hospital, they should be able to trust the facility. I no longer have that trust.
The VA gets a black eye in the media, and there are some issues in its administration for certain. BUT the medical staff ha e almost without exception been top notch people who genuinely want to help veterans. A big Infantry high 5 to the folks trying their best in a broken socialized system.
With all the negative info out there about the VA, ...I can say to all, These folks have done a good job. Thier job is a difficult one at best
Good job my friends...
The doctors and staff treat the patients with the respect they deserve. I drive my father 2 and a half hours here. Well worth the drive. Everyone has been extremely helpful with a pleasant attitude.
I absolutely love this facility. I get all my medical needs there