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Old 08-20-2008, 05:19 PM
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N.C. man dies after waiting 22 hours at hospital

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008
RALEIGH, N.C. ? A mental patient died after workers at a North Carolina hospital left him in a chair for 22 hours without feeding him or helping him use the bathroom, said federal officials who have threatened to cut off the facility?s funding.
The state sent a team Tuesday to help Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro draft new procedures to ensure patients receive proper care.
An investigator?s report released Monday found that 50-year-old Steven Sabock died in April after he choked on medication and was left sitting in a chair for close to a day at the facility about 50 miles southeast of Raleigh. Surveillance video showed hospital staff watching television and playing cards just a few feet away.

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Old 08-20-2008, 05:33 PM
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It happens, believe me. They just don't all die as a result. If they're already on a ward, they usually get put into an isolation cell.

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Would this happen if he had a different diagnosis? I have seen some deplorable conditions in Psych units. It seems like an area no one really wants to touch. I had a nursing instructor say that Psych nursing was truly "bottom of the bucket" nursing because it didn't require any "real nursing skill".

I've worked in Psych and my son was in a wonderful adolescent psych facility for over 2 weeks after his suicide attempt.

I can't imagine how this situation got past shift change, visitors or other patients.
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It happens, believe me. They just don't all die as a result. If they're already on a ward, they usually get put into an isolation cell.

I don't care how much I don't like my own writing. I'm going to dig up my flashdrive and finish my book.
Can you talk a little about your experience? I'm gonna buy your book but would like to hear about your experience.
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Wow, I would have queried the article except for the fact that the staff were shown to be ignoring him on the surveillance video.

As for the doctor punching the patient...I hope that was on surveillance video too...
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Can you talk a little about your experience? I'm gonna buy your book but would like to hear about your experience.
Thanks for the encouragement, but it has to get finished, first.

In 1974, I was suffering from a temporal lobes seizure disorder and depression. I went to FL Voc. Rehab. to try to find out what kind of work I could get into, and they insisted that I see a shrink and a neurologist, both of their chosing. Each of these rocket scientists had me on his own mixture of chemicals, and, even though I told each one, in detail, what the other one was making me swallow, neither one of them gave much of a damn. I was trying to attend a trade school to learn medical transcribing when the shrink said he didn't want to see me any more, and I ended up cold-turkeying his witches' brew of meds. The result was that I ended up punching a stranger in the nose at school one day, and my butt was hauled off to the county hospital psych ward (Miami knows where I mean), where I spent 45 consecutive days. This is where my visual memory turns into a real curse. That, and the fact that I'm still pissed off, is the reason I started writing in the first place. The working title is The Vegetable Bin.
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I don't care how much I don't like my own writing. I'm going to dig up my flashdrive and finish my book.

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