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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Who's to blame???

This will be my first official rant and I'm both pissed and confused at the same time. I heard something today that I just couldn't believe. I was cruising through the news channels when I came across Nancy Grace's show and her topic pissed me off.

Apparently, last month in Los Angeles, CA, a woman was taken to the hospital and ended up dying because nobody would do anything for her. This woman had been to the hospital earlier in the week and was sent home. On the day in question, she showed up complaining of abdominal pain.

Apparently, once inside the ER, she fell out of the wheel chair onto the floor and curled up into the fetus position. She then began vomiting blood and the nurses did nothing to help her. They did, however, send a janitor in to clean up the mess. There is a video of the janitor cleaning up the blood, while this woman was still lying on the floor.

The woman's husband went outside to find a payphone and called 911 to seek help. The 911 operator decided that nothing was wrong and did nothing to help this woman either. A total stranger also called 911 about the situation and was repremanded by the 911 operator for making a call of this type to a place that was for emergency calls only.

Ok, now maybe I can see the point of the first operator. I'm sure that person wasn't sure what to do as the person was already in the hospital, but was it really neccessary for the second one to get snippy with the stranger who was only trying to help her fellow human??

The worst part about this story is that the lady died right there on the ER floor. It was later discovered that she had a perforated bowel and that she could have been saved. The media was placing blame on the 911 operators, but my question is, "Where the hell was the medical staff"??? I'm no doctor, but isn't there something in the hypocratic oath about checking on somebody that has blood spewing from their face?

The other thing that has me asking questions is the fact that this woman was hispanic. According to one report I heard today was that this all began when the police were called to the hospital and tried to arrest the woman on a probation violation charge. I'm not sure how it all ties in as this was one of those news programs where everyone tries to get their point across at the same time and you can't really understand any of them.

Who's to blame???


Danielle said...

That is appalling! I know that every hospital in the world is filled with "busy people" but it seems those working in hospitals should really be filled with compassion and a desire to make the world a better place.

I am not a nurse or a doctor and I have no medical training beyond basic first aid, but I don't see any situation in which I could have allowed this woman to lie there alone.

sapheyerblu said...

Here, here. I was totally disgusted when I heard about this. What kind of person do you have to be, to let another human being lie there and bleed to death in front of your eyes???

What ever happened to compassion? Or even human descency? I promise, Danielle, if I ever see you lying on a floor bleeding, I'll do whatever I can to save your life.