Kristie Adams

Kristie Adams

Kristie Adams, RN

Ambulatory PACU
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Columbus, Ohio
United States
Kristie went beyond her duty of care by staying four hours over her shift to make sure I was seen.

My Surgery was done in the main OR area. I arrived in Same Day Surgery and probably returned to that area for recovery.  I am not sure exactly what happened as I ended up on the 7th floor of Rhodes to spend the night. Things were a little fuzzy.

As my recovery progressed, Kristie Adams recognized that there were medical issues post-surgery that required extra attention.  First, I was suffering from post-surgery issues with urinary retention.  Next, I have a history of anemia and was bleeding heavily.  I was given two iron infusions the two weeks prior to surgery.  These infusions were in case I bled, which I did. Kristie notified the doctors that I was bleeding heavily.  After the third heavy bleeding event, Kristie not only paged the doctor but called for an order to give me a Foley.

Kristie went beyond her duty of care by staying four hours over her shift to make sure I was seen, and my bleeding was noted. I was admitted even though my surgery was to have been a same day surgery with a release to home a few hours post-surgery.

My bleeding events took my hemoglobin from 14 to 10.  The infusions were a good decision, but Kristie’s actions were a life saver. I thank her for her self-sacrificing heart and commitment to my care. She stayed with me until I was admitted. She was such a comfort during a very stressful time for me and a scary time for my daughters who were with me. She handled all of us extremely well. Also, I was not her only patient I just felt like I was the only one.