Sunday, June 07, 2009

Stand and deliver!

A recent news story quoted Barack Obama saying that "It's time to deliver" on health care. Here's a preview of just how the Canadian socialized medical system he wants to import to the U.S. reacts when "it's time to deliver":
A woman admitted to Montreal's Royal Victoria Hospital for an induced birth was forced into a do-it-yourself delivery last month, with only her non-medically trained common-law partner to assist....

At about 5 a.m. on May 13, medical help failed to appear even after Karine Lachapelle's water broke.

Despite attempts to summon help by partner Mark Schouls, who was pushing a nurse-alert button with increasing frequency as Lachapelle's contractions became more intense, the two delivered their new son, Kristophe, entirely on their own.

Lachapelle pushed the child out past his shoulders and face down, allowing Schouls to get a grip and pull the newborn the rest of the way out, he recounted.
There were no complications, thank goodness, and the baby was born safely. But just consider - Karine Lachappelle didn't just show up at the hospital in the middle of the night, she went there for an induced labour. That means she was booked and scheduled; the hospital staff knew she was there, and had presumably started the IV drip to bring on contractions. Yet they still just managed to ignore a labour in progress that they themselves were controlling and supposedly monitoring. Are they this seat-of-the-pants when it's a patient who suddenly goes into crisis?

Of course the hospital is "concerned" (now the news has become public) and are making inquiries, but
Nobody on hospital staff will face disciplinary action, Kalina said.
No, this is just going to make an interesting chapter in future training manuals - Lachapelle and her partner should be honoured.
Kalina also declared that "finger-pointing, such as disciplinary action, is counter-productive. At best, it will not have any positive effects, and, at worst, it will create an atmosphere where service will decrease.
You know, they're probably right about that. Holding the nurses accountable will just piss them off, and they'll then take it out on other patients. Since the hospital is too short of staff to contemplate FIRING anyone, they're just stuck with what they have, and so they (that is, WE) just have to make the best of it and not make waves.


Blogger Kelowna said...

(way off base but i was wondering if you ever got to find this online...)

love, poopsie


5:29 pm  
Blogger Dr. Mabuse said...

Oh yes, I know that video - one of my favourites! "Aaauuugghhh! Oh no! Not the fork!"

1:00 pm  

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