Dr. John Fox prescribed Ativan (a heavy sedative) for my father without ever seeing or assessing him. Evidently, the nurse at the hospital wanted an easy night, and called Dr. John Fox for an order of Ativan. My father had sleep apnea, and the combination of this condition with Ativan could have suppressed his respiratory system and caused his death. (Ativan carries a warning for this.) Dr. John Fox apparently didn’t bother to learn about my father’s conditions before prescribing Ativan.
As it turned out, my father was given so much Ativan he was still asleep at dinnertime the next day. The nurse denied my father had been given anything, but his primary care physician finally admitted that another doctor (Fox) had ordered the Ativan against his orders. I was told it was only one dose, but later obtained the records and learned my father had been given two doses. Doctors need to prescribe according to the patient’s needs, not a nurse’s convenience.