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Tonight we will look at another side of elder abuse; the medical abuse of the elderly at the hands of medical and hospital personnel. The resulting injuries and often times untimely deaths that result from deadly treatments often given for no reason other than no one is able to stop them. Our guest this evening will discuss how you can stop them, and how to become an advocate.
Our guest is Marian Hollingsworth
My father, Keith Blair, went into the hospital in July of 2009 for diagnosis of back pain. Without our knowledge or consent, he was given a cocktail of Risperdal, Haldol, Ativan, Tylenol with codeine, and Morphine. Needless to say, this caused a sharp mental decline. When I asked the doctor about this, he said it was just “hospital delirium,” and that he should go to a nursing home for rehab for his bad and to get his mind back.
At the nursing home, my father was given more antipsychotic drugs, along with double doses of AmbienCR, the long acting version of the drug. He ended up with the bad side effects of these black box drugs such as heart trouble, severe dehydration and kidney trouble, and sudden diabetes. He also contracted a MRSA eye infection which spread to his lungs, fell 7 times in 12 days and developed a bedsore. (He was only in the nursing home 18 days.)
He ended up a second hospital due to heart and kidney problems, where the same nursing home doctor treated him. (We had been told this doctor was “on vacation” and that her husband was taking over my father’s care, but found out through the records later that she was there the entire time.) At the second hospital, he was given daily Risperdal, and we were told to prepare for his death. When I went through the records later, I discovered that a cardiologist said he was improving and that he could be released to the nursing home in a few days. That’s when the nursing home doctor came in without our knowledge, documented our father was doing poorly, and falsified a “Do Not Resuscitate” order.
He was sent to a hospice, where he died September 5th, 2009. The kicker to all this, is that the diagnosis for his back pain was spinal stenosis, which could have been treated at home with over the counter drugs and physical therapy. I discovered what they did to my father only after obtaining his records from the two hospitals and nursing home.
2. How to get ALL the records.
3. Your rights in a hospital or nursing home as a patient or family member. Know the codes in your state so you can use them. if needed, if facilities try to violate these rights.
3. Dealing with the health department for complaints. Your rights in a complaint. The complaint in my father’s case resulted in a new policy from the health department, AFL 1108. It mandates that nursing homes must verify that patients on antipsychotic drugs being transferred from hospitals have informed consent forms in their records, and if not, that informed consent must be obtained before the drugs can be given.
4. Dealing with the medical board for complaints.
5. How I became a patient rights advocate with the Consumers Union Safe Patient Project and other groups.
6. The California “Docs on Probation” campaign to get the Medical Board to require doctors on probation to inform their patients.
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