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    How did this happen, and how can this be avoided - the man goes to emergency because of his leg, they bandage it and send him home?

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    "The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa, a women's rights advocacy group, is also trying to help her reunite with her baby. They have offered to house Bilotta in their women's shelter and they have already helped her file complaints with the Ontario Ombudsman's Office and the Ontario College of Nurses".
    Hopefully they'll get to the facts of this situation.

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    In the past, I got my CPR from St. John's Ambulance two-day training sessions.
    Or, another time I got it through my employer - SRT Med-Staff arranged for training
    session for interested staff at their office (probably I paid a fee for this).
    You might be interested to check out SRT (it's an agency, so you indicate when
    you are available to work, and they were great to work for).

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    Is this nurse competent - if she/he told this pregnant woman that she's only having phantom labour, and given an antacid? Yet the woman (who happens to be in a jail)
    is pregnant, and has a breech delivery, after being put into segregation.

    Humane treatment and competent nursing staff are still required. What about the infant's needs and rights? Did this nurse act professionally, responsibly, competently?

    And further into the article "Allan Manson, a law professor at Queen's University, told CBC News that an inmate could possible find the Canadian government liable for failing to provide adequate protection and care for inmates according to its own laws"

    There may be many problems with the jail system, but that does not excuse the nurse for being incompetent or inhumane.

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    Are there any nursing agencies in your area (check the yellow pages, or ask around)?
    Have you tried long-term care?

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    tyvin likes this.

    Important that this issue of privacy and confidentiality is, is it possible
    to consider that this nurse can learn to work according to the rules?
    And maybe consider that she would benefit by being given a
    warning, rather than termination? Maybe with some learning/testing
    about the issue of privacy/confidentiality?

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    Reminds of a local situation here where a nurse got fired for similar reasons - knowing one of the patients personally, the nurse got into her file and then told her own mother (acquaintance of the patient) about the patient's health problem. So the mother then phoned the patient to express her condolences or something. This upset the patient so much, because she had never told her acquaintance about her health problem (and why should she?). So, the patient told me about all this (in the neighbourhood) because she was so upset about this violation of her privacy. Anyway, the patient then told her doctor about the nurse's behaviour, and guess what - the doctor's office fired the nurse.

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    tyvin likes this.

    This nurse had been going into files of people with whom she had personal connections, not professional reasons, so they fired her. She knows that she isn't supposed to violate patients' right to confidentiality. So, I'm thinking that her employer was right to fire her.

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    Some patients were not given sedation during their eye surgery
    as described in this link:

    and so I wondered what people think of this?

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    A mother brought her infant three times to this S'toon hospital - why were they
    refused treatment:

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    leslie :-D and lindarn like this.

    Quote from Jolie
    Highlighting mine. I respectfully disagree with this part of your post.

    I understand that you are emphasizing the tremendous responsibility to the nurse administering the drug to follow all of the "rights", and I don't disagree with that. But study after study shows that there are almost always multiple factors in serious med errors, including poorly thought-out storage and stocking of meds. I began my career in the NICU in 1986 and remember vividly an incident in which an infant was overdosed on heparin way back then. One of the recommended safety measures at that time was to remove all concentrated forms of heparin from nurse stock...25 years ago. Obviously, that didn't happen, or subsequent (some very recent) incidents of heparin overdose in NICUs across the country could not have happened.

    As usual, we can't determine the finer details from this news article, but simply that insulin was readily available in unit stock or at the bedside points out some serious lack of safety considerations in this unit.
    Here's my reply to your comments:

    If there were fifty different medications on the shelf, then a few seconds of reading the label would
    prevent this medication error. And the staff person knows that they are responsible for knowing what
    they are administering (not what they guess they are administering).
    But, as I consider many kinds of errors - some are carelessness, some are associated with being very
    busy perhaps, so how is the staff person to prevent these kinds of errors, to avoid these errors, to be
    treated once they have made an error? Many people make errors - so do we view them as forever
    to be condemned for their error, or do we find ways to help them improve (so does it matter if the
    consequences were serious or not serious? Because - human beings make errors). We can aim for
    perfection - but will it ever happen? Yet, some errors can be prevented, especially when containers
    are labelled.

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    leslie :-D, mickey_RN, and lindarn like this.

    In this medication error, insulin was given to an infant instead of heparin.
    This means only that the person who gave it did not check the label, therefore
    did not follow the 5(or more) rights.
    That the meds were placed side by side is not the real issue.
    The real issue is that the staff person who gives medication is supposed to read the label.

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    Maybe family has to speak to a lawyer, to get things moving on this?
    Sounds like court decides. So, there must be a formal way that this
    is all arranged.

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    Thanks for the replies.
    So, when family has requested this kind of assessment, having spoken to the nursing staff about this request, because of concerns about the senior's ability to make decisions about their finances, etc., then does the family have to
    also speak to the doctor? Or just speak to the nurse?

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    When a senior client is in a senior's facility, and a family member requests that the
    client's competency will be assessed, who decides re: the client's level of
    competence to make their own decisions about things, such as their finances.
    Does the doctor have to do an assessment if a family member requests?
    Is it the court that decides re: the client's competence? (based on - the
    doctor's assessment? Or nursing assessment?)