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The Hippocratic Oath Seems Unstable, At Best
So I heard recently that an elderly woman, in Niagara Falls, ON, who had fallen to the ground in the lobby of the Greater Niagara General Hospital and had broken her hip, right there in the building was forced to wait a half hour for the paramedics to arrive.
Turns out I heard wrong. At least about the strict details of the vague, disgusting show of unethical behaviour by Niagara Falls’ General Hospital’s medical team.
The hospital’s paramedics had nothing to do with it, you see. Turns out after hospital staff, (two EMERGENCY room nurses) refused to help the woman, (elderly and laying on the floor in front of them, in a HOSPITAL, bleeding and suffering a broken hip), another staff member chose to do the right thing (ethically) and get the poor creature into a wheelchair, at least, until an ambulance from a neighbouring city arrived to deal with her.
Afterwards, it seems and I’m assuming, her situation began to take on a more logical flow of events. She’s alive, that’s a plus for her family and in particular, her son, who was present during this atrocious display of self-preference by the two ER nurses as it took place. Perhaps a thank you should go out to the staff member who took charge regardless of his or her workplace politics? Perhaps this person could be deemed a hero of sorts?
At the very least, I would hope that this person did not and will not suffer any bureaucratic political backlash from a system clearly unable to enforce the very oath that it would try to make good on.
Does the classic English translation of the Hippocratic Oath not emphasize certain concrete moral and humanistic values? And is the Hippocratic Oath not instilled into each and every authentic participant of the medical community in an attempt to prevent personal agendas by medically adept persons?
I will apply dietic measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice.
Whatever houses I may visit, I will come for the benefit of the sick...
When did this portion of the ‘Oath’ become relative to the occupational survival of the parties it was intended for? Was the Oath not intended to protect the sick and the dying from the personal feelings of their care takers?
Shame on the Niagara Falls General Hospital. SHAME on the two ER nurses involved in this story. I write this in the hope that both of them see the error of their ways, especially the wrong they committed on the day they let that poor, old woman become a bone of contention in their own personal fears of the very establishment they would say they support.
Life is so much more than the rules we are told to follow.