Saturday, January 11, 2014
The Winnipeg health care system seems to keep losing track of people who try to tackle it alone.
We have now found out about three cases where patients have died because the system wasn't paying attention to them -- first the Sinclair case, and now two elderly patients who were dumped into cabs and send home alone to freeze to death on their doorsteps.
The moral of the story in all three cases seems to be -- don't try to deal with the health care system alone anymore. When you go to a hospital these days, you need to take someone with you who's got your back.
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in Greater vancouver, two hospitals sent elderly women home from the hospital, at night, in cabs. Fortunely they didn't die.
These types of cases will increase as the population ages. Hospitals are so concerned about getting rid of patients, they don't stop to think about how they leave and what will happen to them when they do.
It should not be left up to cab drivers to look after patients. Hospitals need to implement protocols for these situations.
By 7:58 p.m., at
I would think such patients would appreciate a companion to accompany them, but they may not want one, especially if the person is not family. But sometimes family is not around, especially in holiday periods. I did accompany a neighbor to emergency one night as she was mentally not functioning due to an infection. She didn't talk to me for five months. So now I am very cautious. Helpful people are often treated badly. It's a crazy world.
By 8:32 p.m., at
ffd, I'm glad you did this anyway. I drove an elderly neighbour to the hospital one day and it turned out he was having a heart attack. So it can go both ways.