Begoggle: "only for him to die days later"Which had nothing to do with this incident
the_chief: Every year, over six billion elderly patients die from the jaws of life.
Mega Steve: the_chief: Every year, over six billion elderly patients die from the jaws of life.It was created to save lives, but it got a taste of human blood. Coming this Winter to ScyFy,[wendyquest.files.wordpress.com image 575x325]The Jaws of Death!
cretinbob: and hundreds if not thousands that go unreported every year.Nursing homes suck and should be banned.
Gyrfalcon: OK, first of all: I'm quite sure that the actual entrapment in the bed was not in and of itself the "cause of death," in that being stuck in a bedrail was probably not sufficient to cause death.HOWEVER, when one is 90 years old and in poor enough health that one is confined to a nursing home, ANY excessive trauma (such as being stuck in a bed rail sufficiently that a fire crew is needed to break out the jaws of life to extricate one from said bed rail) is probably enough shock to the system to result in his dying sooner rather than later. I mean, he could as easily have slipped going to the potty or fallen an extra two inches into his wheelchair and that extra shock might have done it. That wouldn't have "caused his death" either; but the additional shock to his aging body would have.So the real questions here are: Why did a 90-year old man have bed rails that he could get stuck in, why wasn't he being watched closely enough that he couldn't be gotten free without having to call in a rescue squad, and how can this be prevented, since it seems to be happening more than once? Maybe, I dunno, frail elderly men shouldn't have bed "rails" at all, but panels that their heads (or arms or legs) can't get caught in regardless, or nurses who check on them more than every 15 minutes?
i_got_no_strings: So... what are the other 35% of deaths reported from use of beds? Should we be banning beds?
cretinbob: Nursing homes suck and should be banned.
James F. Campbell: cretinbob: Nursing homes suck and should be banned.Hey, you know, some of us have real assholes for parents.
Lunaville: It would be inconvenient as all get out for staff, but it some cases it would probably be safer to put mattresses on the floor or, at least, bring the height of the bed way down like a toddlers' bed so that falls can do no injury. Well, it would be safer for the patient or resident. It would likely pop-up the risk of injury to health workers tremendously. It's hard enough to move a bedridden patient to, for instance, change the sheets as it is. Even if a way could be devised to protect the health of the staff, people in the western world would freak out about Granny sleeping on or near the floor. Never mind her increased safety and the fact that millions of people around the world essentially sleep on the floor the reaction would likely be "OMG, they got Granny sleeping on the floor like an abused dog! We're not gonna put up with this cr@p. Granny deserves better! Ya'll get Granny on a top bunk now; a top bunk, I tell ya."One of my sisters used to work in a nursing home. She adored the residents, but confessed there were times when she would have like to have popped some of their visiting relatives with a sneaky shot of Thorazine.
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