Studies: Some nursing home elderly get futile care
A surprising number of frail, elderly Americans in nursing homes are suffering from futile care at the end of their lives, two new federally funded studies reveal.
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#1 Oct 15, 2009
#2 Oct 15, 2009
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#3 Oct 15, 2009
This is obviously prep for the Dark Side's agenda!
Wonder what Ted Kennedy would have thought? Did he not get taxpayer care up to the last minute? Was it not futile? Think about it!
#4 Oct 17, 2009
My elderly husband, recently hospitalized with a diagnosis of pneumonia, was treated terribly by the doctors and nurses for weeks. Deaf, he was questioned by hospitalists every morning who could barely speak audible or clear English. I could not understand them 50% of the time. Every 5-7 days, a different foreign born physician with unintelligible English.
They gave him medicines that caused confusion and anxiety then would call and complain he was confused and anxiousand unable to answer their questions.
Some nurses would enter and ask personal and rude questions regarding the age difference between my husband and myself.
The aides would be sitting there with ongoing coughing and not covering their mouths.
The physicians would actually lie to me about certain symptoms my husband was experiencing. They would say it was caused by the illness when they were really caused by the drug overdoses of Ativan and Haldol they were writing for him.
After he was nearly a vegetable, they decided he should go to a nursing home and they explained there was nothing else to do for
him. No feeding tube, no fluids. They were quick though to make arrangements for his nursing home explaining to me that he was old and sick.(He was extremely active and viable prior to the illness.)
I quickly asked for him to be moved to another hospital. Five doctors, social workers and nurses were sent in, one at a time to "persuade" me not to move him. They argued with me in front of him. I told them he was my husband and deserved a chance to live as were his express wishes.
For three days they made it extremely difficult for me to get him out of there. I explained that he was ill, yet being held prisoner but never committed a crime in his life...yet was being sentenced to death. I called the other hospital and begged them to take him whie I also called his Primary Care physician and advised him of the nightmare my husband was experiencing. He made some calls.
Finally, after I expressed my need to get my lawyer, calls were made and he was moved to a hospital wherethe lives and wishes of the elderly are respected.
He is still alive, just called me, was given a feeding tube, is now talking and going through rehab.
I do not know how much better he will get but I will never trust that hospital again or any other "professional" again. I would not trust them with my sick goldfish.
How much more of this is going on in the US?
Old determines how long you've lived and should not be a death sentence.
That is age discrimination at its worst. Incidently, one of the arguing physicians is a geriatric physician who "specializes" in mistreating the elderly
Nazi Germans are alive and well in our hospitals! They will decide who is deserving enough and young enough to live.
#5 Oct 17, 2009
May God Bless all of the wonderful and caring doctors, nurses and personnel at Penn State Hershey Medical Center who strive for the life and well-being of their patients!
They save lives, they don't take them away!
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