Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Thirdly, Do No Harm!
Last week a guy had a long standing medication removed and, as a result, his body revolted to the extent he required emergency hospitalisation - outside.
Yesterday, I was a witness to a man who was arguing over his insulin. An injecting diabetic, this was no small matter. A malevolent or incompetent nurse stood between him, his insulin, and the fridge in which it resided. He was reduced to using, with increasing frequency, emergency short-duration insulin that saw his blood glucose levels bounce between 15 and 25. Which, the nurse said, was all pretty good.
This man had to spend half his pay phoning his consultant to have him phone and email the nick to point out how dangerous the situation was. With the intervention of a (prison) Manager, the insulin was finally issued.
The GP sat in his room at the end of the corridor during this farce, with my man denied access to him. A nurse held his medication, his life, in her hand and flatly refused him access to either it or the only well-qualified medic in the institution.
Such are the games being played by Healthcare. And such are the dangers. To hold such ineptitude to account may doubtless upset those involved but, in truth, when we are so dependent upon them then they deserve to be forced to answer for their actions. After all, isn't that what law is for...?
Labels: Nurse Ratched