This is my first rant. I don't often lose it, but an article that came out today has caused me to want to yell and scream and in my advancing years I
am giving myself permission to speak out.
I am a strong advocate for respectful patient care, and have spent years on volunteer boards, health committees, in hospitals and in the community.
The spirit of human rights laws implies respect for the individual.
I am calling out the above named hospital, because I've really had enough of the CYA (cover your a$$) policy that is so rampant as to be insulting and
Someone has to speak out against this. No, not against the strip search per se, but against the failure of Sir Izaac Walton Killam Hospital for
Children in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and its CYA policy. Maybe by exposing this utter cr*p for what it is, others might take note.
Perhaps you remember the story of the girl who was raped six times and the pics were posted online. Rehtaeh Parsons then became the tortured victim
of merciless bullying until she took her own life. Her story has received wide coverage and it is a sad one.
There have been a few threads about it on ATS. link to them
However one incident has come to light that makes my blood really boil.
Does any sane realistic person buy into the hospital's pathetic excuse? When you think of hospital personnel, which gender readily comes to mind?
Women, right? So how can a hospital expect to be even slightly believed when they give the excuse that there were only men around to conduct a strip
search on a very vulnerable Rehtaeh, the same young girl who was the victim of multiple rapes and online bullying after the pictures were posted
online? Utter dribble and bloody nonsense!
It makes me so angry when respect for the individual is not front and center in every single intervention! Rehtaeh Parsons was in the mental care
ward after going to the ER because she was having a very hard time dealing with the bullying and degradation. Sweet Jesus, who wouldn't? Shortly
after admission she apparently learned how to cut herself. There was suspicion that she was hiding a razor blade on her person, and thus the reason
for the strip search.
Ok let's stop at this point, when there was the possibility that she could be hiding a blade.
Where was the care plan for dealing with this type of event? Where was the respect for the individual? Where was the much-needed sensitivity and
compassion for this particular very tortured human being?
She was apparently acting out and being disruptive. So? Let her bang a cupboard or slam a door. Decompression can be quite helpful. I know how
violent people can be when acting out and have no doubt that in a safe protected environment they can and do act out and let loose. They usually take
it out on objects like furniture as opposed to people though, unless provoked. But for the hospital to say there were no women available for a strip
***Give me a bloody break! ***
Call the supervisor, the patient rep/ patient advocate, her doctor, borrow staff from another ward or floor for a few minutes. Anything is doable,
call her mom to help as a last resort, but to give such an excuse is flat out unacceptable. Period. No excuse. None. Not a single one. None at
Gosh I wonder how much more depersonalized that unfortunate girl could have felt when stretched out on the floor to have her clothes removed from her
by two men? Is anyone wondering why she was driven to commit suicide? This is not care, this is control police tactics, and even then, the police
have policies for women to do strip searches on women.
Her father is asking for an apology from the hospital and says he regrets bringing her there. Her parents are really suffering. And I suppose
because it fears being sued, the hospital is piping out this CYA nonsense, when any basic code of ethics would tell them to do the right thing.
I just fail to understand this CYA mentality that permeates society. When something is flat out wrong, that's what it is: Wrong. Those who conducted
the search were acting in an unprofessional manner. If they make such decisions to go ahead without considering respect for that individual, then I
seriously question their professional competence, and so should their representative professional associations. I wonder if they really did it to
subdue her, even a power trip. Well, it's a fair question to ask in view of this incident, isn't it?
For this hospital, it's time that CYA policy of theirs was put farther down the list, way below their supposed policy of good patient care. To do
so, let them apologize to her parents and let the lawyers handle any possible fallout.
RIP Rehtaeh. You sure did not deserve to be treated in that way.
Link to article about this
edit on 8-6-2013 by aboutface because: (no reason given)