More stories emerge – doctors and hospitals refuse to treat or release patients

 

Today, we bring you a report from a Registered Nurse who works in Intensive Care. She and her mother had a very similar experience to that which we reported on October 3, 2013 Doctors accused of battery refuse to release hospital patient. Here’s what caught our eye in this nurse’s story:

As an ICU RN I knew the mistakes they were making.  I begged for the correct treatment, and when the physicians refused,  I tried to transfer my mother out of there.  My mother’s regular physicians did not practice at this Loma Linda hospital, and they wanted her transferred to a hospital they practiced at. The physicians at the  Loma Linda hospital would not cooperate, they would not speak to my mother’s own physicians, or give them her medical chart, which is necessary before transferring. 

Increasingly, not only are some doctors and hospitals refusing to respect the legal rights of patients and their substitute decision makers, it appears they are also interfering with other doctors and health care facilities who are trying to provide good medical care.

Authorities appear to turn a blind eye, allowing and even permitting these abuses to occur. Seniors at Risk has worked on many such cases in both Canada and the United States. Read An RN’s Real Education below.

 

An RN’s Real Education

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This post is dedicated to my mother, Shirley June Holderness.  I watched her die from medical errors in the southern California town of Loma Linda.  She fought valiantly for seven weeks to live, before succumbing to septic shock from the hospital acquired infections that the physicians refused to treat. She had just had her 66th birthday.

My mother was admitted to the hospital due to a heart attack. She had a stent placed and her heart function returned to completely normal functions.  It was the infections she caught in this hospital, and the refusal to treat the infections that killed her. On admission to the hospital, my mother was tested for infection in her blood, urine and sputum; these test reveled that she did not have any infection. The three infections she caught in the hospital were MRSAAcinetobacter baumannii  and yeast. Laterher records revealed the physician ignored the lab results and refused to treat these infections for days before she went into septic shock and was put on life support, and even then the physician refused to give her the correct antibiotics for 12 more hours.

As an ICU RN I knew the mistakes they were making.  I begged for the correct treatment, and when the physicians refused,  I tried to transfer my mother out of there.  My mother’s regular physicians did not practice at this Loma Linda hospital, and they wanted her transferred to a hospital they practiced at. The physicians at the  Loma Linda hospital would not cooperate, they would not speak to my mother’s own physicians, or give them her medical chart, which is necessary before transferring. 

As if that wasn’t enough, when my mother died from this Loma Linda’s hospitals errors, I had to get (more…)

Doctors accused of battery refuse to release hospital patient

– hospital lawyers ask to have court file sealed

 

October 17, 2013 Update

CHEX-TV removes Time to Die from their website

CHEX-TV’s investigative series Time to Die chronicles the story of Arthur Hippe, a 69-year-old stroke patient, and his wife Marilyn Nelson’s efforts to have him released from Ajax Pickering Hospital. Seniors at Risk reported that CHEX-TV aired Part 1 of the investigative series Time to Die on October 3, 2013. CHEX-TV posted Part 1 to the TV station’s website archives. We have since discovered that CHEX-TV removed Part 1 after being threatened by lawyers for the Rouge Valley Health System, the organization that operates the hospital.

BUT you can still view Part 1 of Time to Die by clicking on the video that Seniors at Risk has posted below.

Lawyers threaten CHEX-TV

Lawyers for Ajax Pickering Hospital are threatening action against CHEX-TV. This appears to be the reason CHEX-TV chose not to run Part 2 of their investigative report. CHEX-TV had planned to air Part 2 the day after Part 1 aired. Scroll further down to read about the hospital’s latest effort to keep information from the public.

It’s a desperate plea from an Ajax woman. She says her husband is being held hostage by a hospital there and given anti-psychotic drugs against her wishes. Pamela Vanmeer has been investigating this case for months and tonight brings us part one of her special series Time to Die.

 

READER COMMENT:

Del asks:  “Can you give us the link to Part 2 Time to Die [CHEX-TV investigative report]? I am unable to find it. I would like to know what the “specific provisions” are that are going to be given in Part 2.”

RESPONSE:

Part 2 of Time to Die has not yet been aired by CHEX-TV.

The morning after Part 1 was aired, lawyers for Ajax Pickering Hospital (Rouge Valley Health Systems) complained to the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council in an apparent effort to have the TV station’s license removed. They alleged that CHEX-TV’s investigative reporter, Pamela Vanmeer, lied to the hospital about whether she had recording equipment with her while visiting Arthur Hippe in hospital.

It is noteworthy that the hospital and their lawyers did not deny any of the facts reported in the CHEX-TV investigative report.

The reporter had permission to take photos of Arthur from Arthur Hippe’s wife, who is his Power of Attorney for Personal Care.  As the hospital requested, the reporter did not take or broadcast pictures of staff, other patients or visitors on hospital property. It is not against the law (more…)

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