Tuesday, March 5, 2013

BHD and the John Doe Investigation

So a young man is sent to BHD because his behavior is out of control.  He dies of a broken neck and blood clots, mainly because the medical (and I use the term in the loosest definition) staff failed to correctly diagnose or treat him.  After all, he was in a mental institution.  Why should anyone believe he had physical problems or pain.  All mentally compromised people should be treated as suspects, unworthy of quality medical care.

The problem with BHD is that the staff is old and inured; to the point of uselessness.  A physician failed to treat this person responsibly.  Nursing staff failed to alert staff members that this patient was complaining of paralysis and pain.  I suppose they might have asked a custodial staff member what he thought, for all the good they did.  In fact, a janitor might have been 100 times as helpful as any member of the medical staff who saw this patient. 

It is an absolute injustice that the people, all the people, who had anything to do with this patient's treatment should retain their licenses to practice medicine.  These people are doing nothing more than practicing incompetence, routinely. 

Regardless, if the County and the Behavioral Health Division manages to weasel out of criminal charges or medical malfeasance in this young man's case, take it as a lesson that you should NEVER send anyone to this institution for treatment because the likelihood that they will be further damaged is absolutely certain.

The members of BHD's medical staff whom had anything to do with this patient's care need to lose their medical licenses and be criminally charged.  If anything less happens, than this entire institution should be shut down as a menace to society.


AlexisAR said...

They're certainly a menace to society, and adding insult to injury is that, in addition to the civil and criminal charges and loss of positions/licenses that obviously should take place but will not necessarily do so, the paychecks "professionals," "paraprofessionasl," and such will not in any way reflect that they took one giantt collective unauthorized break, whether at a critical time or otherwise. I suspect the staff takes many "breaks" for which they are paid at this facility. I wish my employers had been so generous.

Citizen X said...

You're right. When a nurse in charge of four patients testifies she hadn't talked to one of the patients (the one who died), you can bet your last dollar that these people are permanently on break on the taxpayer dime.