Thursday, December 09, 2010

Another Look Into the Future of ObamaCare.........
This Time It's Canada

"Woman dies waiting in ER as AG finds little movement"

"It’s no surprise to Thelma Lee that emergency room wait times are not meeting provincial targets.

Lee said her 41-year-old daughter, Marlene Stephens, died Saturday after waiting nearly 90 minutes at the William Osler Health Centre’s Etobicoke campus emergency room with breathing problems.

Lee feels her daughter was not seen fast enough by medical staff."

It's a tragedy that someone with serious respiratory problems would have to wait 90 minutes in a waiting room anytime. That she died because of it is .......... I can't think of the proper words. Unthinkable, I guess.

The worst part about this is that the Authorities in charge of care in Ontario apparently think that a proper response time for "people with serious conditions" is - 8 HOURS??

"Emergency room waits for people with serious conditions sometimes reached 12 hours or more, the report said. That is far greater than the province’s 8-hour wait time target, the report found." (emphasis mine)

I've worked in places where non-serious issues may require you to wait 2-3 hours in the waiting room. But I've never even heard of anyplace where,
"people with serious conditions" were not at least looked at by a staff member immediately.

More than once I've had to do CPR in the hallway or park someone in a chair in the ER hallway and provide needed immediate care. That shit happens if you haven't anyplace to put them. But the idea of having a TARGET of 8 hours to be seen is just unbelievable to me.

No one would make it through a 12 hour shift in conditions like that.
People would start shooting the Nurses & Doctors.

Another part of this story I don't understand is this-
Lee called 911 early Saturday morning after her daughter collapsed with breathing problems when she came down the stairs.

Paramedics arrived quickly, but Lee said her daughter waited for about 90 minutes in the emergency room before being treated."

I would have thought that the paramedics would have been doing something for this woman. It sounds like EMS just scooped her up, took her to the ER and dropped her there. That just doesn't sound right or ring true for any EMS personnel I've ever known.


It's a sad story all around and it should scare you as Government run healthcare is a disaster everywhere. I'm sure it wasn't planned to be this way or started out sucking so bad, but like everything the government gets involved in, it ends up not being worth a shit.

Tell me again how much I'm gonna like this ObamaCare once it's implemented?

Gratuitous Picture for a Thursday Afternoon-
Sweet Bultaco at the AMA Museum in Ohio.

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