Nurses Defend Doctor Charged in Hospital Deaths

Nurses Defend Ohio Doctor Charged in Deaths at Hospital – The New York Times – Dec. 20, 2019

After I’d annotated this article back in December, I went back to look at it and got the error” Page No Longer Available” from the NY Times. This has never happened before, so I’m left to wonder why this particular article would be disappeared.

I suspect it’s because it points out that the “leaders” of healthcare industries are utterly ignorant about opioid doses, while the people spending time with the real patients, like doctors and nurses, are doing their best to ease the pain and suffering of their most sick and dying patients.

Ten former colleagues of an Ohio hospital doctor who pleaded not guilty to murder in 25 patients’ deaths are coming to his defense in a new lawsuit.  

The action was brought Thursday in Franklin County Common Pleas Court by nine nurses and a pharmacist once employed by Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus,

the former employees argue that the hospital wrongfully terminated and defamed Dr. William Husel.

Mount Carmel fired Husel a year ago after it found he ordered potentially fatal doses of pain medication for dozens of patients.

There’s no way to designate any particular dose as “potentially fatal” without taking into account the patient’s metabolism and tolerance.

The lawsuit says hospital executives were ignorant about the appropriate standards of care and that the pain medicine was needed to help patients in intensive care in their last minutes of life.

The suit comes as 25 Mount Carmel nurses and three pharmacists are facing discipline for their roles in administering the medication.

The 10 former employees say they were not betrayed or coerced by Husel [the doctor], but that hospital executives “panicked” over how the public and government regulators might react to the level of medication he ordered.

The group contends the dosages were “high but appropriate,” as allowed by the hospital’s “flexible and discretion-permitting policies.”

But now we know that such “flexibility” to practice medicine isn’t allowed with opioids and a doctor’s “discretion” can be overruled by some manager who enacts arbitrary and inappropriate standards of care.

This article must have contained truths so anti-hype, anti-mainstream, and humanistic that the NY Times didn’t want to even have the responsibility of publishing such obvious “heresy”, no matter how true and supported by facts.

2 thoughts on “Nurses Defend Doctor Charged in Hospital Deaths

  1. Kathy C

    I have noticed that a few of these articles disappear, especially when they embarrass the news organization. The cases was likely based on misinformation, that any opioid found in one of these patients meant that the doctor was at fault. When we have a system based on alternate facts, and people who do not understand how data works, nearly anyone can be targeted like this. They made a false correlation, based on media hype, lies and propaganda. They went after an innocent doctor. For the NYT it had all of the elements for sensationalist reading, opioids, dead patients, and a doctor. It repeats a false narrative that Perdues insiders spread across the media. The NYT failed to report facts on this topic, it could make some of their largest advertisers angry, and then there is the effect on stock prices.

    The NYT has published countless opinion pieces, telling us that opioids have no “medical use.”

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