Wrongful DEATH in Hospital 
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 Wrongful DEATH in Hospital

A request by our dear friend, to post this writing about her sons wrongful
death while in a hospital. Please anyone with the proper guidance and
help on this discussion, be a little understanding on her writing, she is
from another country and a U.S. citensen for many years. A person whom has
helped many lost souls througout her life as a messenger of her religion.
She needs knowlegable help, in the cover ups surrounding her sons death.

Seeking: Linda Goozey, Transcriber At BCCH
Formerly employed at Bullhead City Community Hospital
in Arizona. Last know address:

Can ANY pharmacist, scientist, physician, inform me about the following
scenario (if you are knowledgeable on the subject).  33 year old male, HIV +
since April 1989, with no signs of ( HETERO {*filter*} ) or symptoms until about
1992, when patient had case of shingles, quite severe. Then in 1993, tooth
abscess, after several weeks turns out to be valley fever - coccidoidi-
mycosis-in jawbone and also a spot of this in his lung. Was hospitalized and
treated with amphetaricen and when patient started to fell better he
discontinued treatment. Was on no HIV {*filter*}, except for vitamins and herbs,
had one dose of DDI in the hospital in 1993 , and a {*filter*} reaction. In 1994
around May, patient started to have same valley fever symptoms again. He also,
in the week prior of August 1, started to be hoarse and short of breath, had
lost 20 lbs, walked several miles per day, even in the hot 120 degree
temperature in AZ. Came to parents home on August 1st , where he and his
mother discussed hospitalization, patient asked for a few more days to make up
his mind. "If I can't handle it Mom, I will get help Thursday". Mother was to
be out of town for 3 days and would return late Thursday. On August 4th,
patient calls the paramedics and was very short of breath. He was transported
to nearest hospital. His assessment was PERL, conscious, alert, cooperative,
PERL, fully conscious and aware. The first hour he was in the E.R. their was
an IV established, some {*filter*} drawn for CBC ( not for {*filter*} gasses ) a chest
X-ray and Morphine and Ativan were administered IV. (he denied pain). Another
doctor was called on the scene to be his admitting doctor. Although patient
had his own doctor in another city where he was last year transferred to upon
mothers and patients request. This second doctor, wrote for an order of Narcan
and (re-) Mazicon to "bring him back" to get his signature on a DNR order that
was (by Att. Dr.) written because it was "assumed" the patient had end stages
Aids.  Patient did not have PCP, no seizures, no diarrhea, no Kaposi sarcoma,
was on NO Aids RX, has not seen Dr. since Dec. 1993. At 8:10 am  chart states
:" patient on gurney to room". At 9:15 am first notation in chart. At 10 am it
states patient restless, pulled out IV (this is a side effect explained in the
PDR as a result of the abrupt drug reversal) patient who already was in posey
restraint now had his hands tied down also, no note that new IV was started,
he was left alone and when nurse returned at 10:30 am she charted: patient
dead. The PDR states non of these {*filter*} were safe for a patient in respiratory
difficulty. Then it states DNR, patient unable to sign. But patient signed his
personal belongings sheet just fine and was alert, cooperative etc, when he
entered the E.R. First autopsy sided with the hospital and echoed their
admitting diagnosis: end stages Aids. ) he still was 142 lbs, walk every day,
cooked his food,  cooked dinner for his friends several days prior.
His family kept his body for 27 days at funeral morgue and had a second
autopsy done by a chief medical examiner from another county. The second
autopsy stated he died from coccidoidimycosis complicated with drug
administration at the hospital. Death certificate was changed from natural
causes to "accident" How can it be an accident when 4 contra-indicated {*filter*}
were administer and patient should have been in ICU under constant observation
?. Why were these {*filter*} given and why no autopsy ordered  and why did the
first coroner not even look at the seven pages of questions and research notes
family had, did not address them and said patient died of Aides. Which was not
mentioned in the second autopsy, but acquired immune deficiency syndrome
called an under-lying illness but not under cause of death. Please we need
input, technical, pharmaceutical, medical, legal. An investigative report by
the hospital's licensing agency said: there was no rational reason for
morphine nor for DNR order. Please reply here or below address's



                                 Thank you



Sat, 13 Dec 1997 03:00:00 GMT
 Wrongful DEATH in Hospital

Quote:
(Mario Genzone) writes:

>A request by our dear friend, to post this writing about her sons
wrongful
>death while in a hospital. Please anyone with the proper guidance and
>help on this discussion, be a little understanding on her writing, she
is
>from another country and a U.S. citensen for many years. A person whom
has
>helped many lost souls througout her life as a messenger of her
religion.
>She needs knowlegable help, in the cover ups surrounding her sons
death.

>Seeking: Linda Goozey, Transcriber At BCCH
>Formerly employed at Bullhead City Community Hospital
>in Arizona. Last know address:

>Can ANY pharmacist, scientist, physician, inform me about the following
>scenario (if you are knowledgeable on the subject).  33 year old male,
HIV +
>since April 1989, with no signs of ( HETERO {*filter*} ) or symptoms until
about
>1992, when patient had case of shingles, quite severe. Then in 1993,
tooth
>abscess, after several weeks turns out to be valley fever - coccidoidi-
>mycosis-in jawbone and also a spot of this in his lung. Was
hospitalized and
>treated with amphetaricen and when patient started to fell better he
>discontinued treatment. Was on no HIV {*filter*}, except for vitamins and
herbs,
>had one dose of DDI in the hospital in 1993 , and a {*filter*} reaction.
In 1994
>around May, patient started to have same valley fever symptoms again.
He also,
>in the week prior of August 1, started to be hoarse and short of
breath, had
>lost 20 lbs, walked several miles per day, even in the hot 120 degree
>temperature in AZ. Came to parents home on August 1st , where he and
his
>mother discussed hospitalization, patient asked for a few more days to
make up
>his mind. "If I can't handle it Mom, I will get help Thursday". Mother
was to
>be out of town for 3 days and would return late Thursday. On August
4th,
>patient calls the paramedics and was very short of breath. He was
transported
>to nearest hospital. His assessment was PERL, conscious, alert,
cooperative,
>PERL, fully conscious and aware. The first hour he was in the E.R.
their was
>an IV established, some {*filter*} drawn for CBC ( not for {*filter*} gasses ) a
chest
>X-ray and Morphine and Ativan were administered IV. (he denied pain).
Another
>doctor was called on the scene to be his admitting doctor. Although
patient
>had his own doctor in another city where he was last year transferred
to upon
>mothers and patients request. This second doctor, wrote for an order of
Narcan
>and (re-) Mazicon to "bring him back" to get his signature on a DNR
order that
>was (by Att. Dr.) written because it was "assumed" the patient had end
stages
>Aids.  Patient did not have PCP, no seizures, no diarrhea, no Kaposi
sarcoma,
>was on NO Aids RX, has not seen Dr. since Dec. 1993. At 8:10 am  chart
states
>:" patient on gurney to room". At 9:15 am first notation in chart. At
10 am it
>states patient restless, pulled out IV (this is a side effect explained
in the
>PDR as a result of the abrupt drug reversal) patient who already was in
posey
>restraint now had his hands tied down also, no note that new IV was
started,
>he was left alone and when nurse returned at 10:30 am she charted:
patient
>dead. The PDR states non of these {*filter*} were safe for a patient in
respiratory
>difficulty. Then it states DNR, patient unable to sign. But patient
signed his
>personal belongings sheet just fine and was alert, cooperative etc,
when he
>entered the E.R. First autopsy sided with the hospital and echoed their
>admitting diagnosis: end stages Aids. ) he still was 142 lbs, walk
every day,
>cooked his food,  cooked dinner for his friends several days prior.
>His family kept his body for 27 days at funeral morgue and had a second
>autopsy done by a chief medical examiner from another county. The
second
>autopsy stated he died from coccidoidimycosis complicated with drug
>administration at the hospital. Death certificate was changed from
natural
>causes to "accident" How can it be an accident when 4 contra-indicated
{*filter*}
>were administer and patient should have been in ICU under constant
observation
>?. Why were these {*filter*} given and why no autopsy ordered  and why did
the
>first coroner not even look at the seven pages of questions and
research notes
>family had, did not address them and said patient died of Aides. Which
was not
>mentioned in the second autopsy, but acquired immune deficiency
syndrome
>called an under-lying illness but not under cause of death. Please we
need
>input, technical, pharmaceutical, medical, legal. An investigative
report by
>the hospital's licensing agency said: there was no rational reason for
>morphine nor for DNR order. Please reply here or below address's



>                                 Thank you

Sounds like inappropriate treatment, at least from the info you've
given.  DNR orders should be discussed with family before people in
respiratory failure are wheeled off to a room to die.  It's hard to say
whether or not this man died from his pneumonia, or pneumonia plus
morphine plus neglect (seems a classic case of Narcon working for a
short time, but morphine working longer, so that alert people later
crash when the Narcan wears off-- stupid).  If he'd been intubated and
put on a ventilator in an ICU, however, his changes would not have been
great.  And he did have a fatal disease, with a prognosis of probably
less than a year-- two at the outside.  

This man wasn't on any AIDS {*filter*}, but with the exception of
prophylactic antibiotics, AIDS {*filter*} don't give more than a few more
months of life anyway.  And this is a person who was in full denial
about his disease, and was not going to take {*filter*} anyway, by the sound
of the history.  How much life was he deprived of?  Probably not much.

This is not to say that the folks at the hospital shouldn't be slapped
with a lawsuit so they learn how to manage end-stage AIDS with a little
more hospice and a little less Kevorkian.  And to teach them about the
short acting effects of Narcan.

Again,  all the above opinions are off the cuff, and might change
radically if I saw the actual record (which may not have been
represented to me correctly).  So take my opinion here for what it's
worth, which is maybe not a great deal.
                                            Steve Harris, M.D.



Thu, 18 Dec 1997 03:00:00 GMT
 Wrongful DEATH in Hospital
A request by our dear friend, to post this writing about her sons wrongful
death while in a hospital. Please anyone with the proper guidance and
help on this discussion, be a little understanding on her writing, she is
from another country and a U.S. citensen for many years. A person whom has
helped many lost souls througout her life as a messenger of her religion.
She needs knowlegable help, in the cover ups surrounding her sons death.

Seeking: Linda Goozey, Transcriber At BCCH
Formerly employed at Bullhead City Community Hospital
in Arizona. Last know address:

Can ANY pharmacist, scientist, physician, inform me about the following
scenario (if you are knowledgeable on the subject).  33 year old male, HIV +
since April 1989, with no signs of ( HETERO {*filter*} ) or symptoms until about
1992, when patient had case of shingles, quite severe. Then in 1993, tooth
abscess, after several weeks turns out to be valley fever - coccidoidi-
mycosis-in jawbone and also a spot of this in his lung. Was hospitalized and
treated with amphetaricen and when patient started to feel better he
discontinued treatment. Was on no HIV {*filter*}, except for vitamins and herbs,
had one dose of DDI in the hospital in 1993 , and a {*filter*} reaction. In 1994
around May, patient started to have same valley fever symptoms again. He also,
in the week prior of August 1, started to be hoarse and short of breath, had
lost 20 lbs, walked several miles per day, even in the hot 120 degree
temperature in AZ. Came to parents home on August 1st , where he and his
mother discussed hospitalization, patient asked for a few more days to make up
his mind. "If I can't handle it Mom, I will get help Thursday". Mother was to
be out of town for 3 days and would return late Thursday. On August 4th,
patient calls the paramedics and was very short of breath. He was transported
to nearest hospital. His assessment was PERL, conscious, alert, cooperative,
PERL, fully conscious and aware. The first hour he was in the E.R. their was
an IV established, some {*filter*} drawn for CBC ( not for {*filter*} gasses ) a chest
X-ray and Morphine and Ativan were administered IV. (he denied pain). Another
doctor was called on the scene to be his admitting doctor. Although patient
had his own doctor in another city where he was last year transferred to upon
mothers and patients request. This second doctor, wrote for an order of Narcan
and (re-) Mazicon to "bring him back" to get his signature on a DNR order that
was (by Att. Dr.) written because it was "assumed" the patient had end stages
Aids.  Patient did not have PCP, no seizures, no diarrhea, no Kaposi sarcoma,
was on NO Aids RX, has not seen Dr. since Dec. 1993. At 8:10 am  chart states
:" patient on gurney to room". At 9:15 am first notation in chart. At 10 am it
states patient restless, pulled out IV (this is a side effect explained in the
PDR as a result of the abrupt drug reversal) patient who already was in posey
restraint now had his hands tied down also, no note that new IV was started,
he was left alone and when nurse returned at 10:30 am she charted: patient
dead. The PDR states non of these {*filter*} were safe for a patient in respiratory
difficulty. Then it states DNR, patient unable to sign. But patient signed his
personal belongings sheet just fine and was alert, cooperative etc, when he
entered the E.R. First autopsy sided with the hospital and echoed their
admitting diagnosis: end stages Aids. ) he still was 142 lbs, walk every day,
cooked his food,  cooked dinner for his friends several days prior.
His family kept his body for 27 days at funeral morgue and had a second
autopsy done by a chief medical examiner from another county. The second
autopsy stated he died from coccidoidimycosis complicated with drug
administration at the hospital. Death certificate was changed from natural
causes to "accident" How can it be an accident when 4 contra-indicated {*filter*}
were administer and patient should have been in ICU under constant observation
?. Why were these {*filter*} given and why no autopsy ordered  and why did the
first coroner not even look at the seven pages of questions and research notes
family had, did not address them and said patient died of Aides. Which was not
mentioned in the second autopsy, but acquired immune deficiency syndrome
called an under-lying illness but not under cause of death. Please we need
input, technical, pharmaceutical, medical, legal. An investigative report by
the hospital's licensing agency said: there was no rational reason for
morphine nor for DNR order. Please reply here or below address's



                                 Thank you



Mon, 22 Dec 1997 03:00:00 GMT
 
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