The story seem fairly clear cut, but the more I read, the more confused I got.
The patient had been hanging upside down for two days. I get that and understand that very serious complications can arise from that. The paramedic hung and gave the wrong medication. A doctor found that out and reported it. OK, that all makes sense to me.
Then the paramedic is demoted a couple of days later. That doesn’t make sense since there isn’t any indication in the story that he has a demonstrated history of making mistakes or of not following orders. I’m not making light of the mistake, since medication errors can be fatal. It just seems that this might be an over reaction to the mistake.
So, we know the patient’s injury, what hospital to which he was taken, that a medical error occurred. When questioned about the details of the case and investigation, suddenly “patient privacy” kicks in.
Citing privacy laws, Wilkerson would not disclose what medication was administered to Davis. He also declined to release the internal investigation, based on the advice of Hamilton County Attorney Rheubin Taylor.
Wilkerson said the investigation did not take into account Davis’ condition after being given the incorrect medicine.
“It’s hard for us to know what is the effect of the medication and not be able to account for other stuff,” he said. “What was taken into account was what occurred.”
Is that last sentence even in English?
Or this one for that matter?
“Our goal is 100 percent success ratio and this is not the norm,” Wilkerson said.
Apparently management didn’t seem to be worried about the paramedics privacy since they released his work and disciplinary record.
I wonder if what is going on here is that the county is trying to protect itself against litigation. Closing the barn door after the horses are out, as it were.
On second thought, I’m not scratching my head, I’m banging it against a wall in frustration.