STERILIZING HEALTHCARE- TELL THE PATIENTS(PEOPLE) THE TRUTH. TIME TO SERIOUSLY CLEAN HOUSE(HOSPITAL) AT ALL LEVELS.

EXCERPT (c) DIAGNOSTIC DISCUSSIONS IN HEALTHCARE- RAS CARDO

WRITTEN WITHOUT PREJUDICE. THE TRUTH MUST BE TOLD.

I SPEAK WITHOUT MALICE OR ENVY TOWARDS  ANY ENTITY.

FOR THOSE WHO WILL READ THIS AND HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THEIR CONSCIENCE, I RAS CARDO SAY- ITS YOUR OWN CONSCIENCE THAT WILL BE JUDGED.

SOME TIME AGO I WROTE ABOUT MEDICAL MISTAKES IN RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY HEALTHCARE. THIS WAS PUBLISHED ON http://www.NEWSVINE.COM.

AS A PART OF THAT ARTICLE I MENTIONED THAT WE HAVE A SYSTEM OVERWHELMED AND OFTEN CONFUSED BY THE TECHNOLOGY AT ITS DISPOSAL.. I ALSO SAID:

WE HAVE PATIENT CARE PROVIDERS NOT ABLE AND NOT PREPARED TO UNDERSTAND AND USE THE TECHNOLOGY SO CREATED.

TODAY, I STAND BY EVERY WORD SO WRITTEN THEN, AND THOSE I WRITE NOW.

SIMPLY BECAUSE IT WAS THE TRUTH FROM MY YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AND PROFOUND IN DEPTH KNOWLEDGE OF THE INDUSTRY.

I WILL GO STEPS FURTHER AND SAY THIS AS TRUTH, THAT HEALTHCARE IN THIS COUNTRY HAS OFTEN BEEN TREATED AS- THE SLEEPING GIANT- AROUND WHICH EVERYONE TIP-TOED GINGERLY SO AS NOT TO AWAKEN.

MOST PEOPLE WHO WORK IN SUCH INSTITUTIONS ARE AFRAID TO SPEAK THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT WRONGS THEY HAVE SEEN DONE TO OTHERS.

THEY ARE AFRAID TO BE CALLED- ” WHISTLE BLOWERS”. I AM SURE THAT WE ARE ALL AWARE OF THEIR STORIES AND ILLEGAL FIRINGS.

RECORDS ARE QUICKLY SHREDDED BEFORE EVIDENCE CAN BE ASSESSED. RISK MANAGEMENT CONFERENCES ARE QUICKLY CONVENED AS THE CULTURE PREPARES FOR THE ONSLAUGHT OF THE MEDIA AND INVESTIGATIVE REPORTERS.

AS THE NEWS BREAKS UNTO THE PUBLIC SCENE- A COMMON CRY ECHOES ACROSS THE NATION- ” THE HOSPITAL IS NOT THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE IN WHEN YOU ARE SICK”.

SO, THE QUESTION BECOMES- WHERE MUST THE PEOPLE GO IN TIMES OF DIRE AND URGENT LIFESAVING NEEDS?

WE HAVE ALL BY NOW HEARD ABOUT- NON-SOCOMIAL -INFECTIONS. THESE ARE THE GERMS YOU CONTRACT WHILE YOU ARE IN HOSPITAL. THAT IS, YOU NEVER WENT IN WITH THEM. MOST PEOPLE ARE NOW FAMILIAR WITH THE NAMES OF STAPH. INFECTIONS- MRSA AND VRSA. SOME OF THE MOST DEADLY RESISTANT STRAINS OF BACTERIA.

SO MUCH PREVENTABLE DEATHS OCCUR EACH YEAR IN HOSPITALS WHICH WOULD SHOCK THE CONSCIENCE OF ORDINARY MEN.

FRANKLY, I AM NOT SURPRISED ABOUT THE RECENT CASES OF UN-STERILIZED ENDOSCOPES. IT SHOULD BE NO WONDER THEN THAT SO MANY WILL FORGO HAVING THEIR COLONOSCOPIES AND ERCP’S DONE.

SEVERAL REASONS ACCOUNT FOR THIS: MEDICATION ERRORS, DIAGNOSTIC ERRORS, NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE COVERING CERTAIN SHIFTS, EQUIPMENT FAILURES, INCOMPETENCE OF PROFESSIONALS, PEOPLE SEEING THINGS GO WRONG AND KEEPING SILENT ABOUT IT FOR WHATEVER REASON.

AND LET’S NOT FORGET ABOUT THOSE EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS AND THE REPLETE OF -PRODUCT LIABILITY CASES- DRUG MANUFACTURERS INCLUDED.

THE SYSTEM HAS BEEN FUELED BY GREED AND HASTE FOR A VERY LONG TIME AND HAS GOTTEN MUCH WORSE SINCE THE 1980’S- DRG’S AND TEFRA( TAX EQUITY AND FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY ACT.

SOME PEOPLE WILL ” GO WITH THE FLOW” REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE FLOW IS GOING IN THE WRONG OR RIGHT DIRECTION.

IF MOST PATHOLOGIST WOULD OPENLY SPEAK THE TRUTH AS TO THEIR AUTOPSIES, WE WOULD SEE JUST HOW MANY DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENTS DID NOT FIT THE END RESULTS.

YET MOST HOSPITALS BOAST ABOUT THEIR -” QUALITY OF CARE”.

SO FAR, NO ONE HAS BEEN ABLE TO TRULY DEFINE WITH ANY DEGREE OF SPECIFICITY AND EXACTNESS- WHAT QUALITY OF CARE MEANS.

THE TRUTH IS- THE SYSTEM IS A CLOSED ONE- UNTIL SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN IN IT GETS HURT AND DECIDES TO TELL THE TRUTH.

HOW MANY “WORKERS OF CONSCIENCE”- AS I CALL THEM DO YOU THINK LOSE THEIR JOBS BY SPEAKING THE TRUTH?

THOSE WHO CONTROL HOSPITAL HIERARCHY DO NOT WANT THE DIVULGENCE OF TRUTH UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT PATIENT PRIVACY CONFIDENTIAL MEDICAL RECORDS UNDER HIPAA.

THOSE IN CONTROL WILL NOT RELENT. I WOULD OFTEN WONDER WHY IT IS SO EASY FOR THEM TO LIE AND TO DECEIVE PEOPLE, EVEN IN CASES INVOLVING THE LOSS OF LOVED ONES AND EVEN THEIR OWN EMPLOYEES.

SOMETIMES I THINK THEY PRACTICE UNDER THIS SAGE UMBRELLA- ” THOU SHALT NOT KILL, BUT NEEDS’T NOT STRIVE TO KEEP ALIVE”.

IN REGGAE WE SAY- TELL THE CHILDREN THE TRUTH. TELL THE PEOPLE THE TRUTH, AND WHAT TO EXPECT- TRUTHFULLY. DO NOT LIE NOR DECEIVE.

THIS IS WHAT I RAS CARDO WILL ALWAYS PRACTICE IN HELPING PEOPLE. NO APOLOGIES FOR THE TRUTH. NO COMPROMISE. NO WAIVER FOR THE TRUTH. NO DISRESPECT.

NOW, IT IS VITALLY IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO REMEMBER THAT MOST HOSPITALS AND THEIR WORKERS WORK DILIGENTLY TO BE HONEST, TRUTHFUL AND CARING TO SAVE LIVES.

I WILL NOT DETAIL MY YEARS OF EXPERIENCES AND OBSERVATIONS HERE, BUT EVERYTHING THAT IS WRITTEN HERE IS TRUE.

TODAY, BECAUSE THE WORLD HAS BECOME MORE OPEN TO SCRUTINY, AND THE TECHNOTYRANNICAL SOCIETY IS IN FULL SWING, THOSE WHO AIM TO DECEIVE OTHERS AND TO COVER UP AND  SILENCE THE TRUTH WILL NOT PREVAIL.

TO WORK IN THESE PLACES MEANS THAT YOU HAVE TO COMPARTMENTALIZED YOUR BRAIN IN ORDER TO KEEP YOUR SANITY. BECAUSE THE WORLD IS NOT READY FOR TRUTH ACCEPTANCE.

THOSE WHO WISH TO CONFINE THEMSELVES TO WORK IN SUCH ENVIRONMENTS MUST IN A STRANGE WAY CONVINCE THEMSELVES DECEPTIVELY, THAT WHAT THEY SEE OR HEAR IS NOT REALLY HAPPENING..

MANY PEOPLE OF CONSCIENCE HAVE TO ENDURE THIS BECAUSE OF FINANCIAL AND ECONOMIC CONSTRAINTS. TO THEM, IT MEANS -SURVIVAL- LASTING ANOTHER DAY.

FOR LASTING ANOTHER DAY MEANS BEING ABLE TO SEE AND TO DOCUMENT THE TRUTHS FOR YOUR FACT FINDING REVELATIONS, AND PUTTING FOOD ON YOUR TABLE.

I HAVE WRITTEN MUCH BEFORE IN MY PREVIOUS BOOKS IN HEALTHCARE.

THE QUESTION OF EQUITY, FAIRNESS, AND TRUTH IN THE DELIVERY OF HEALTHCARE HAS BEEN A MOST DISTURBING ONE TO ME.

I WRITE- SALUS POPULI- FOR THE SAFETY OF THE PEOPLE.

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