Over Dependence on the State…

The money quote again:

EMS Dispatcher: Or are we just going to let this lady die?

Nurse: Well that’s why we called 911.

And the woman died, why because the nurse refused to do CPR stating that they called 911 and that will save her… Much like people claiming 911 will save you from your rapist or other violent attacker.

I don’t know how that nurse can sleep at night.  Company policy or not, I’ll sacrifice my job if it means saving someone’s life.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, waiting for help isn’t a solution to your problem.  In this case, waiting cost this elderly woman her life.

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Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms. He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.

4 Responses to Over Dependence on the State…

  1. This seems more a case of Corporate negligence than over-dependence on Government. That nurse is a feckless Corporate drone and will unfortunately sleep just fine until she gets her Summons. Go Private Sector! USA! USA!

    • Barron says:

      No it was negligence aided by government dependence. Why was that policy created? You can call 911 for help so why should the company undertake responisiblity for it?

      Did you miss that quote:

      EMS Dispatcher: Or are we just going to let this lady die?

      Nurse: Well that’s why we called 911.

      You’re implying that government will some how solve this problem. In that case where was the faster 911 response?

      State run facilities aren’t any better. My wife saw that first hand as a nurse in a nursing home that was state run.

      Further if this was a state run facility she would be absolved under qualified immunity for state officals working in a professional capacity. Working as an employee of a private company she can still be held responsible for willful negligence. Again how is the state magically going to obsolve this situation?

      • I’m not saying the State is any better, although in this case the only concern for the well being of the patient seems to be coming from the 911 dispatcher who I’m assuming is a government employee. What I am saying is the “nurse” was following a corporate policy. Why was that policy created? $$$$$$

        Somebody looked at their budget and their insurance, talked to their attorneys and made a business decision. Then the policy was browbeet in to the employees. Then the company made some nice TV ads talking about how happy and well cared for mom will be at Shady Acres.

        • Barron says:

          Except that the negative press that would come about for such a policy, including refusal to hand a phone off to someone who will render aid isn’t in the policy.

          At this point there is a serious case of criminal negligence. Corporate policies don’t protect you from being prosecuted. No that “corporate drone” as you refer to her, allowed her self to believe that lie because it’s the same lie she’s always been told, call 911 and the state will come save you.

          If you knew 911 could fail and the state may not save you, you’re either a despicable person unfit to be called human at best or a murderer who wanted to look innocent at worst.

          The policy overall is only half of the issue since the only reason it can exist is by shifting responsibility to the state.