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'When We Are Infected No One Is Safe': Nurses Nationwide Protest Over Lack of Coronavirus Protective Equipment

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/01/when-we-are-infected-no-one-safe-nurses-nationwide-protest-over-lack-coronavirus

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A nurse friend this morning told me they are reusing their masks - they each have 3 and rotate them. At the end of the shift they BAKE THEIR MASKS 156 dgs for 12mins !

JFC!

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The US can send men to the moon (if that ever really happened), they use taxpayers’ money by the $trillions to build up a deadly war machine, but they can not adequately care for their own people in times of a deadly health crisis…?? There are two enemies of the people: one is invisible, the other one resides in 1600 Pennsylvania Ave…

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We used to have a JFC out on Carlson Blvd – Col. Sanders smiling down on us from on high.

Sorry. Coronavirus jokes would be definite buzz-killers at any parties, if there were any parties, because there’s nothing funny about killing nurses gratuitously, at a time when we need them more urgently than ever before.

When I worked as a nursing aide in an extended care facility, we had a plump, very f.o.b. German co-worker named Gunther – quite cheerful, energetic, and dedicated, but Gunther could be annoying to the other aides because he was always going on about how they do everything better in the old country, “In Germany, ve alvays…” So obnoxious, our over-helpful fellow-aide Gunther. Now I can imagine him telling me “In Germany, ve alvays test, test, test! Ve alvays haff ze gear!” Which might have something to do with why they’re doing so much better than we are, in Germany today.

HCA Hospital Corporation of America, what a dream organization this is: Looks like they have a substantial influence in health care as we know it today.

From the beginning, HCA founders Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr., Dr. Thomas Frist, Jr. and Jack C. Massey envisioned a company that would bring together hospitals to deliver patient-focused care while using the combined resources of the company to strengthen hospitals and improve the practice of medicine. In 1968, they formed Hospital Corporation of America (HCA)—one of the first hospital management companies in the United States. With 11 hospitals, HCA filed its initial public offering in 1969, and by the end of the year, HCA had 26 hospitals and 3,000 beds.

In the 1960s and 1970s, HCA worked closely with local physicians and used innovative business practices and private capital to bring much-needed healthcare to growing communities throughout the United States. The company grew rapidly, building new hospitals in underserved communities, acquiring facilities and contracting to manage hospitals for other owners.

The 1970s were characterized by rapid growth in the industry and also for HCA. In the early 1980s, the focus shifted to consolidation with HCA acquiring General Care Corporation, General Health Services, Hospital Affiliates International and Health Care Corporation. By the end of 1981, the company operated 349 hospitals with more than 49,000 beds. Operating revenues had grown to $2.4 billion.

In 1987, HCA, which had grown to operate 463 hospitals (255 owned and 208 managed), spun off HealthTrust, a privately owned, 104-hospital company. Believing its stock was undervalued, the company completed a $5.1 billion leveraged buyout in 1988. HCA re-emerged as a public company in 1992. In February 1994, HCA merged with Columbia, which had acquired Galen Health Care (formerly Humana) in September 1993. The new company then acquired Medical Care America and several other healthcare businesses, quickly building a comprehensive healthcare network. At its peak, the $20 billion company had approximately 285,000 employees, more than 350 hospitals, 145 outpatient surgery centers, 550 home care agencies and several other ancillary businesses.

In 1997, Dr. Frist, Jr. returned as chairman and CEO and announced plans to restructure the company and focus on providing patient-centered care through a core group of market-leading hospitals. HCA sold its non-hospital businesses as well as several facilities that did not fit the company’s strategy. In May 1999, HCA completed the spin-offs of LifePoint and Triad Hospital groups.

On November 17, 2006, HCA became a private company for the third time when it completed a merger in which the company was acquired by a private investor group including affiliates of Bain Capital, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity, and HCA founder Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Jr. The total transaction was valued at approximately $33 billion, making it the largest leveraged buyout in history at the time.

HCA became a publicly traded company once again when shares began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “HCA” on March 10, 2011.

Currently, Samuel N. Hazen serves as the company’s chief executive officer.

Today, HCA champions the practice of medicine for a healthier world. From the New England Journal of Medicine published-clinical study REDUCE MRSA that identified a method to reduce bloodstream infections by 44 percent in ICU patients to the groundbreaking 39 Weeks study that demonstrated early elective delivery is not as good as full-term delivery for babies, HCA is committed to being a learning health system which uses its data from more than 27 million patient encounters each year to improve care and save lives.

This is from their website: It is really the story of privatization.

It’s important for patients and administrators alike to understand that there is no indication of any difference in the environment, operational efficiency, or standard of care between nonprofit and for-profit hospitals. Both exist on lists of the best hospitals in the country, and among the worst. There is no reason to believe that the quality and management of a hospital correlates to its tax status.

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Protests are symbolic.
The only thing that will make a difference would be a strike.

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National Public Radio reported on a nursing home that simply doesn’t have any more masks.

Nursing homes, prisons, crowded homeless shelters and maybe big soup kitchens are bombs waiting to go off, those that haven’t already gone off. No masks is one good reason why. Not much testing and a 7-day wait for results is another good reason. When the bombs go off, they scatter coronavirus all over the community because people work at these facilities.

In a sane country the nursing homes would have about 20 patients per home and that’s the upper limit. This way diseases wouldn’t sweep through the homes so often.

If I had a parent in a home right now and if they weren’t in critical condition, I’d bring them back to the house and look for a private nurse.

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There are a lot of studies that confirm you are correct about the correlation of quality of care issues and institutional size There are other factors as well, underfunding is another. Hospice care is another resource.

The obscenity of the front-line medical workers, nurses, doctors, and all staff not having the equipment they need is a crime, and that truth goes beyond the incompetent criminal moron and his lies and malignant narcissism residing in the WH, to supply-chain cutbacks where no stockpiles of critical PPE are kept and on hand, but ordered as needed to save money! that reality should strike home now but probably won;t matter to the for-profit hospitals and other profiteers.

That’s the problem with the for-profit health system we have. The bottom line for the directors and “investors” and wall street is profits not health care, only profit opportunity - they do not make money on preventing disease, but treating (if you can even call it that) disease and conditions, not in actual health care, teaching nutrition, and prevention.

The system thrives on the sick and those exposed to carcinogens, poisoned and nutrition-less “foods”, unhealthy water and air, all the things our for-profit vulture capitalist system revels-in.
The real crime is that these deadly/dangerous/disease-causing things are not seen-as and prosecuted as the crimes against people they really are - like the nurses and all workers not having life-saving PPE and equipment to help them do the jobs they are dedicated to!

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My wife is an ER nurse with limited lung capacity, dnr on top of this. my oldest son type 1. While the animals running around. I’m finding it hard to hold on to my humanity I dont think Ill be able too. Why would i want to?