Corporate responsibility spreads its wings…

…And gets shot down like an unwary lawyer.

Witness the sad tale of Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada, where the doctors decided to save money by treating their patients like heroin addicts (via The Las Vegas Review Journal):

According to investigators, clinic staff regularly reused syringes and vials of medication on multiple patients, a practice that risked spreading communicable diseases. Six people who were treated at the clinic – five on the same day – have been diagnosed with hepatitis C.

Excuse me while I scrub off with a wire brush and bleach.

You know the drill with needles. After they’ve been in you, they go in the little bin that breaks the point and for all I know they throw the bins into a nuclear reactor, just to be on the safe side.

By the way, this isn’t for your safety. Don’t be silly. It’s for the safety of the person who sticks needles in the patients. Medical professionals who have been dead for a century know this shit. So what do the medical professionals at the ECNV have to say for themselves?

Clinic staff told health investigators that “they knew this technique fell well below accepted medical practice and was dangerous,” wrote Jim DiFiore, the city’s business services manager. “They were ordered by administrators … to engage in this practice in order to save money.”

He added that some nurses and nurse anesthetists followed orders by administrators, principally Dr. Dipak Desai, that put patients at risk. But others refused “because they were unwilling to risk subjecting patients to life threatening diseases.”

Here’s how that conversation should have gone:

Dr. Desai: Don’t throw that needle away.

CRNA: Eew! Why not?

Dr. D: We’ll use it a couple of more times. Those things aren’t cheap you know.

CRNA: Use it again? Like this? [Squelchy noise as CRNA sticks needle in Dr. D’s eye.]

Somehow, this didn’t happen.


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