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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

"Not My Yob, Main"

Video shows woman dying on Brooklyn hospital floor

NEW YORK - City hospital officials agreed in court Tuesday to implement reforms at a psychiatric ward where surveillance footage showed a woman falling from her chair, writhing on the floor and dying as workers failed to help for more than an hour.

Esmin Green, 49, had been waiting in the emergency room for nearly 24 hours when she toppled from her seat at 5:32 a.m. on June 19, falling face down on the floor.

She was dead by 6:35, when someone on the medical staff, flagged down by a person in the waiting room, finally approached, nudged Green with her foot, and gently prodded her shoulder, as if to wake her. The staffer then left and returned with someone wearing a white lab coat who examined her and summoned help.

Until the staffer's appearance, Green's collapse barely caused a ripple. Other patients waiting a few feet away didn't react. Security guards and a member of the hospital's staff appeared to notice her prone body at least three times, but made no visible attempt to see if she needed help.

One guard didn't even leave his chair, rolling it around a corner to stare at the body, then rolling away a few moments later.
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Now I'm not even going to come close enough to piss on advocating socialized medicine here, but some people in the medical field make waaaaaay too much money to let shit like this happen.

We all know some doctors make way more than they should. But nurses nowadays can make up to $50 per hour for doing nothing more than writing documentation and delegating tasks to L.P.N.'s, aides or candy-stripers, while they themselves sit on their fat, predominantly foreign asses at the nurse's station and ignore the signaling button from patients' rooms, complaining about how they're understaffed instead of maybe checking the status of someone laying on the floor.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying all nurses are lazy. There are some with standards and scruples who do care about patient care. But it seems these are the exception to the rule.


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