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Ex Lurker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 10:11 PM
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awful story: nurses playing practical jokes on patients, ridiculing them and taking pictures
Edited on Thu May-26-11 10:16 PM by Ex Lurker
This goes way, way beyond the typical black humor that medical professionals resort to in dealing with stress. All kinds of lines have been crossed here: ethical, professional, and just plain human. I hope these cretins lose their licenses. BTW, St Tammany Parish is the White Flight suburb of New Orleans. I mention that only to point out that if it happens there, in a "good" hospital, to upper-middle class patients, it's probably happening everywhere, and if you're poor, you probably get it in spades. That great private health care system at work.

"...Campbell says one night last year a large man, weighing over 300 pounds, entered the emergency room at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. He had possibly overdosed on pain and anxiety medication.

As soon as we got him in the bed, he was unconscious, Campbell said.

That is when Campbell says a nurse named Clancy and some of her co-workers allegedly made fun of the unconscious patient.

Clancy and the other nurse walks in and puts these glasses on these patients and starts to make fun of them, Campbell said. That wasn't funny enough, so they took charcoal that we dumped down his throat and painted his face like a football player and said, Welcome to St. Tammany Parish Hospital ER. This is your initiation for trying to kill yourself.

And then, Campbell says the nurses pulled out their phones."

Full story here.
http://www.fox8live.com/content/news/featured/story/Lee-Zurik-Investigation-ER-horror-story/NIh3JgoWZ0qd2RiliUFiag.cspx
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Cid_B Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 10:14 PM
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1. Always with the photos...
Dumb...
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miscsoc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 10:15 PM
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2. If you're working in a hospital where you know you're only going to treat people with a lot of money
Edited on Thu May-26-11 10:16 PM by miscsoc
to the exclusion of poorer people, you've already crossed some sort of moral boundary. Is it surprising that some of the people working in such an institution would be morally deficient and likely to engage in this sort of behaviour?
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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 10:23 PM
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4. I don't even know what that means.
What does the socioeconomic status of the hospital have to do with the essentials of the story?
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miscsoc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 11:11 PM
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6. The very fact of a hospital having socioeconomic status is morally corrosive.
Edited on Thu May-26-11 11:12 PM by miscsoc
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lumberjack_jeff Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 11:37 PM
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8. +1 n/t
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Ex Lurker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 12:33 AM
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9. well, to clarify, they treat anyone who comes in the door
but since it's located in a fairly well to do area, most of the patients are fairly well to do.
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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 09:39 AM
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11. The hospital is located in an affluent, white flight suburb.
I get that part.

What would you have them do about that? Bus in people from the inner city in NoLa?

Again, this is really tangential the actual issue of the OP, but you brought it up and you're defending having done so. I am asking why.
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Viking 1 Donating Member (275 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 11:19 PM
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7. But, but.....that's the Republican HCR plan!
:puke:
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Brickbat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 10:19 PM
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3. There was a column on this in the NYT magazine a few months ago -- med students making fun of their
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juajen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 10:27 PM
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5. Well, that's one sure way to cut down on the cost of Medicare!
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athenasatanjesus Donating Member (592 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 12:59 AM
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10. They seem to have developed their senses of humor from online chat rooms.
That or reality TV.
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