In Bantayan island of Cebu, a janitor of the Bantayan District Hospital was performing a catheter insertion into the organ of a patient, as reported by the Sun-Star Cebu newspaper.
Astero Rivera, 68 a resident of Barangay Ticad in Bantayan went to the hospital last Tuesday for his failure to urinate for 3 days already. After the patient was examined by the hospital’s doctor, the janitor, Arturo Abello, was instructed by the doctor to insert the catheter to the patient’s organ. So Mr. Abello did the insertion.
When the doctor asked why it’s the janitor who performed the medical procedure, the doctor answered that there were too many patient to deal with at that time, so it’s the janitor who was instructed to do so. The doctor seems confident with the janitor because according to him, the hospital trained the janitor to perform the catheter insertion.
The problem of the patient seems relieved after the catheter insertion. But this time, he’s urinating blood. The doctors at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center or VSMMC who examined the patient, found out that the catheter was not properly inserted to the patient’s organ.
The VSMMC doctors blamed the Bantayan Hospital doctor or the medical personnel who performed the insertion. The doctor wanted to wash his hands from this incident, so he just divulged that it’s the janitor who inserted the catheter.
Kawawang Janitor. Pero dapat ding sisihin ang doctor na yan.
By the way, when my wife underwent a Caesarean Section delivery last May 2009, it was a male Student Nurse who inserted the catheter to her organ. The doctors and the nurses present during the operation were even joking and laughing after the Student Nurse successfully inserted the catheter.
But the only good thing is that professional medical doctors and licensed nurses were there observing, while the Student Nurse inserted the catheter to my wife’s organ. What ever happened, they were there to correct the mistakes if ever the Student Nurse did something wrong.
In the case of the janitor who performed the catheter insertion, if we will consider what the hospital doctors said, that there were too many patients to deal with at that time, I guess, the doctor manning the hospital left everything to the janitor. He did not even examine the catheter whether it was inserted properly or not. If he checked what the janitor did, then he might discover earlier that the catheter was improperly inserted, the problem would be corrected and the patient would not suffer anymore. Besides, their secret, that a non-medical personnel is performing medical procedures will remain their secret.
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