An 86-year-old nursing home patient died recently after being transferred to a hospital for breathing difficulties. When he arrived at the hospital from the nursing home, hospital personnel noticed he had maggots in his left eye, an infected breathing tube, and sores on his left elbow. An article on the man's condition noted the man's care is being investigated by the state.
In the news article, a representative of the nursing home was quoted as saying the man received "constant care from multiple hospice workers and two certified nursing aides at the nursing home." Oh really?!? And what type of "constant care" by health care staff could he possibly have received? What kind of "constant care" would not have seen the maggots in his eye, the infected breathing tube, or the skin lesions (probably pressure ulcers or bed sores) on his elbow?
Maybe, when the nursing home staff was providing this man with "constant care," they looked at him but were always looking through him. Maybe they never looked him in the eyes to try to know him. Maybe they never looked at him at all.
Posted on Wed, January 23, 2008
by Robert Carter