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  • SUE
    March 27, 2012 - 22:41


  • California Pete from NFLD
    March 27, 2012 - 13:58

    DDAAHHHHH . Why do you think Danny Williams went to the States

    March 27, 2012 - 12:01

    The gap between what is technically possible in medicine and what the average North American can expect from his doctor and his hospital has never been greater. For a small few - people like Dick Cheney - modern medicine is willing and able to go to great extremes. A decade after the first complete mapping of the human genome at a cost of billions, personal mapping is now available for anyone with $10,000. Within a few years, the price will drop to a $1,000 or less. Standford not only mapped a subject once but several times over a year such that they were able to watch molecular changes signalling the onset of diabetes and take steps to prevent it. There are no shortage of medical breakthroughs but the lag in their adoption as best practice in the health care system is extremely long and growing. Meanwhile hospital acquired infections, which result from a combination of the abuse of antibiotics and lack of sanitation, are estimated to kill one hundred thousand patients in the U.S. each year. In both Canada and the U.S., sanitation and hygiene have become a chronic problem. An expose' by CBC's Marketplace has demonstrated just how badly hospital units are cleaned. Cleaners, who typically spend less time cleaning a hospital room than a hotel room, invariably leave behind feces and body fluids with a whole host of viral and bacteriological contaminants - including the deadly C. difficile - for the unsuspecting new patient whose immune system is often already compromised. At the heart of the problem is a costing model used by governments and hospital boards which is fundamentally flawed. The model is fixated on component costs at the micro level while ignoring the bigger picture. It is a system which is all but oblivious to the financial and health benefits of prevention. There are many facets of prevention. The prevention of a larger cost by a much smaller one, as exemplified in the failure to maintain reasonable standards of sanitation and hygiene, is a concept that is seemingly beyond the grasp of those responsible for health care analytics in our modern day institutions. When someone visits you in your hospital room these days, consider it more than an act of kindness. It is almost an act of bravery.

  • Dianna
    March 27, 2012 - 11:27

    OK, I am not a nurse, but, seems to me that Eastern Health, once again, is not listening to the "people". Ms Kaminski is belittleing the staff who work with this equipment and sounds a bit too defensive to me. The original story said that two patients "bled out" and another required CPR because of faulty alarms. That, to me, sounds pretty darn serious. I wouldn't want to have been either one of those patients!!!

  • How dare we Question Our Health Providers
    March 27, 2012 - 11:12

    Oh great Overlord! We humble worms will never question the care you provide to us in your good name! We are humbled to be in your divine presence, Dear Overlord!!!

  • Fred Penner
    March 27, 2012 - 11:10

    Simple, hire an engineer to investigate the device issues.

  • newfoundlander
    March 27, 2012 - 10:31

    If these monitors are being used all over North America, why is this the only place with formal complaints? Because that's what WE do, complain about everything. From my understanding, these devices are in place to ASSIST nurses, as we all know they are busy and cannot provide constant supervision over a patient. I still agree with using them, considering they are used all over the country and any monitor which can diagnose a problem quickly and without a nurse present is always a positive!

    • Another NLer
      March 27, 2012 - 11:29

      Agreed. My father has had two longer stays in hospital, one at St Clare's where the nurses and care were wonderful, and most recently at HSC where that wasn't always the case. With patient call buttons being ignored, phones ringing and being ignored, up to 7 visitors per bed allowed in a room with four beds, and so much discussion about breaks, ie, who's on one, who should be on one, who needs another one, who didn't get one.....maybe the equipment in question is just being ignored too. A little more emphasis on the actual patients' needs and less on the nurses' might be a step in the right direction.

    • ExPatient
      March 27, 2012 - 12:26

      Maybe the equipment alarms were missed amongst all the patient call bells and phones ringing that were constantly being ignored whenever I was at HSC last fall visiting my mother. Seems all that got noticed was who was on break, who should be on break, who didn't get a break.......more attention to patients' needs and less to nurses needs' might be the first step to resolving this issue. To listen to Debbie Forward, all nurses care about - especially during contract negotiations - is the quality of patient care. But anyone who has spent a lot of time as a patient, or has visited a loved one at the HSC recently, can tell you a whole different story.

    • Raddishes
      March 27, 2012 - 16:00

      What Centres are they used in? Why would the nurses kick up a big fuss for nothing, just to complain. They cared for my mother before like I said and they don't complain.

    • ken
      March 27, 2012 - 18:23

      you have no idea what you're talking about are are therefore contributing nothing but ignorance to the matter.

    • Timmy turner
      March 28, 2012 - 07:25

      Monitors that 'diagnose' patients without a nurse being present? Get real folks - this is not Star Trek. Monitors are merely a tool - it takes a trained healthcare professional to interpret the alarms. There are many false alarms due to artifact - you wil not see an experienced ICU nurse jump at every alarm because they have the skill to identify what is important The cardiac monitor is a useful tool - but in the end it is just a tool

  • sealcove
    March 27, 2012 - 10:06

    Guess the nurses don,t know what they are talking about, Don,t worry the government has your best interest at heart,the question is who do you believe Nurses of course they work with the equipment everyday

  • nler
    March 27, 2012 - 07:41

    this is not surprising. EH provides us with cheap, s*** equipment to try and take care of patients. when they malfunction, we are left to try and troubleshoot the problem, patient care is compromised & we are ultimately at fault. quit bringing in junk, and upgrade us appropriately so patients can be cared for properly!