stock here: I like to create the news, but sometime just reviewing the other "news" can be instructional. And I like to present the Elephants in the Room, the ones no one else will bring it.
Until I started a Deeper Dive into the Nursing Home Fiasco, I had no ideas how bad it was. No one with any balls at any level. A nursing home administrator (Chief) after seeing the vulnerability of the elder people on the Diamond Princess, should have rejected any incoming patient, pretty much at all, but certainly unless they had 2 negative tests, all should have been rejected.
My original article on Nursing Home Gate
Whatever it takes. First, do no harm. Is that freakin' comlicated. I mean don't kill the people under your supervision....that is pretty basic. Just say "we are full" or we don't have the staff.
I wouldn't even bother with the real truth....we do not have enough negative pressure rooms with ante-chambers. And proper protocol is to change all PPE in the antechamber after visiting a patient negative pressure chamber.
I mean, FFS! I have the materials and equipment to set up a negative pressure chamber and ante-chamber (changing room) at my house, and almost 100 N95 and some P100's, faceshields, full bio-suits, gloves. Heroes? Heroes are supposed to act heroically and not just take orders like sheep!
I intended on typing in a "rebuttal" in red below, because it doesn't even reach the point of needing a debunk. Maybe later, or readers can throw down and I will append. Look, I get it, I have friends and relatives in the "front lines". And there was a lot of fear, and the lack of PPE was appaling....every administrator should be chastised and worse. But many of these health care workers take home $100k a year. Some can push $200k a year by taking the most unwanted shifts, taking work on the holidays, etc. But come on.....do they really deserve that much when a Fireman might be getting $60,000?
Just saying.....it's a high paying job, and when the chips are down, when it matters the most, you MUST come through in the clutch. That is why you were there.
Carlos had this to say on May 5th (Cinco do Mayo, shouldn't he have been pounding a Margarita, oh wait, seems like he was, since there are so many holes in his "argument")
Skilled Nursing Home Administrators and staff are NOT guilty of Negligent Homicide.
In the State of California and within the other 49 states, skilled
nursing facilities (SNF’s) have had their share of instances of law
suits, many frivolous and some legitimate.
During this time of pandemic it must be clear that it never was staff
that killed residents, in your words “ negligent homicide”.
It is COVID-19 and medical complications from pre-existing medical
conditions and other Co-morbidities that have led to the death of
residents in SNF’s across the USA.
In some counties here in California, the public health officer gave a
mandate “requiring skilled nursing facilities to NOT refuse admission of
COVID-19 positive patients” to their facilities.
SNF’s in California are often the only safe place for many Californians
of all ages to receive Long term health care and short term
Before posting slanderous remarks against Administrators and staff of SNF’s, please look at all facts without prejudice.
I know for a fact that nursing staff and health care staff at SNF’s are
frontline health care heroes putting their lives in the line for the
health of their patients during this pandemic while many Americans ate
Shelter in place, Staying at Home, while essential health care workers
are working 24/7 to provide the primary care and skilled nursing care to
all of their residents with care while following policy and procedures
outlined by each SNF, County Public Health and CDC guidelines.
The problem during this pandemic was not enough COVID-19 testing and
lack of availability of PPE, as this was reserved for Acute Care
Hospitals and SNF’s operate at the mercy of available supplies/testing
that each state, County Public health officials, local mayors and state
governors allow them access to.
Therefore, labeling SNF administrators and staff as guilty of “negligent
homicide” is not only slanderous libel but also the extreme case of
gross prejudice assuming that SNF administrators and owners are getting
rich making megabucks from these facilities when in fact during the past
2 decades CMS, Medicare and other insurance intermediaries have cut
reimbursement so much that most SNF’s operate at a loss.
In some states in the south and back east, individual states had to take
ownership of SNF’s because those SNF’s went bankrupt from all the
insurance reimbursement cuts but yet those same SNF’s were still full of
patients that had no other place to go to receive health care.
Before passing judgment against other get ALL of the facts.
Stay safe, stay healthy.
Recognize frontline healthcare providers and heroes as this month of May
celebrates National Nursing Home Week and National Nurses Week.
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