Thursday, March 28, 2013


Overcrowded hospitals, closed wards, doctor shortages, surgeon shortages…the list of challenges facing healthcare administrators is endless.   

Policy makers debate private, public and mixed healthcare programs as potential solutions.  Aging populations, better diagnostics and new discoveries have meant that the demand for hospital beds cannot keep up with the availability of beds.   

More and more people are getting shipped off the wards and back to their bedrooms much quicker than ever before. Community health nurses are checking bandages, keeping an eye out for infections and caring for patients that used to remain in hospital for longer periods of time.

Efficiency has topped waiting for the patient to heal.  Hospital administrators want patients zipped up and out of their facilities quicker to ensure more people can use those beds.

At times we may feel that the solutions offered by our governments and health care boards are not sensible.

 For example the recent discussion of mixed wards where men and women share rooms during hospital stays. It sure would be more efficient but what about a person’s dignity? What does that have to do with anything you might argue. Sick people go to the hospital to be healed, it is not the Hotel Newfoundland. If your getting the medical treatment you need who cares what sex the person lying next to you is?

If you think these approaches to efficiency in freeing up health care beds is controversial, what about Dr. Virginia Soares de Souza’s radical approach to freeing up beds.

The doctor of death has been charged in the murders of seven patients and implicated in 300 deaths. The doctor and her team wanted to clear out the intensive care units, clearing out beds to make room for more patients. Their solution, kill the sickest patients moving them to the next life quicker.

Reuters reports that de Souza may be one of the worlds most prolific serial killers.

Prosecutors say that the team used muscle relaxants on patients before cutting their oxygen to asphyxiate them.

Suddenly missed wards and shorter stay times are so much more appealing.

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