Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Public School Nurse Serves The Politburo Not The Kids

Day by day, the incidents seem to pile up around the country. In the past week you have the case of Hunter whose socialist indoctrination (social studies) teacher spent the past year berating any student who would not accept her views. Then we have the press release from the US DoHHS and US DoEd dictating that high schools demagogue the PPACA.

Let that one sink in for a second. They are pushing for Obama's banner "achievement" that supposedly reforms the health care industry by pigeon-holing it into a government-controlled system. Of course, this is because the socialist bureaucracies with their union stooges care so much about the people and our children, right?

They care so much that they will let your child suffocate in an asthma attack, at least if your child is in a government school in Deltona, FL. Michael Rudi, a student at Deltona Public High School, sat gasping for air in the hallway. The school confiscated his Albuterol last Friday because his mother's signature on some bureaucratic release form was out of date.

As Murphy's Law dictates, young Michael had an asthma attack. His confiscated inhaler was locked up in the school nurse's office. The nurse refused to give him the inhaler. The boy was on the ground gasping for breath and in a life-threatening state of distress. The nurse didn't render first aid. She didn't administer the life-saving medication from the inhaler. No, she called Michael's mother, Susan. The nurse stood by and watched and waited.

Imagine if this had been a diabetic going into insulin shock? If this were a child with an automated insulin injector, would they have confiscated that as well? Based upon their bureaucratic policies, yes. Perhaps the nurse would have made a different choice in that case, and chosen her oath as a medical professional over the poor policies of the school.

 Excerpts from the Hippocratic Oath (emphasis mine) :

"I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of over-treatment and therapeutic nihilism. I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug. I will not be ashamed to say "I know not," nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient's recovery. I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God. I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person's family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick."

I'm not sure if the nurse ever took this oath. If she did, she violated it. To top it off, the school and the Volusia County Health Services Office are standing by the unethical and dangerous policies and inaction of the nurse, all over a bureaucratic batch of red tape and intrusive forms.

That's a government-run health care system. It is what happens when it is coupled by another government-run program at an indoctrination center (some call them "public schools"). Let's not even discuss the EPA getting involved with health care (or education). They want to ban medical inhalers altogether.