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Germany’s Deadly Nurse Killed At Least 30 Patients

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George Tall works in the legal field, is a father of three, and a husband of a RN for 25 years. He enjoys writing about everything, especially nursing! He has been writing for a living, at least partially, since around 2000. As an author on dozens of websites, he enjoys being factual, while spinning a bit of humor where possible.
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german killer nurse niels hA former nurse in Germany, identified only as Niels H., has admitted to a psychiatrist that he murdered as many as 30 patients. He may have killed more than 100, as investigators are trying to determine.

From 2003 to 2005, nurse Niels H. was working at a clinic in the German town of Delmenhorst. He began the practice of injecting his patients with a very dangerous heart medication, to the point that their heart would stop. He then practiced his resuscitation skills to “bring them back to life”. If they were revived, he would often inject them again so that he could practice some more.

He claims that at least 60 patients survived his attacks, as he was able to revive them and not kill them again in the process. As for those that did not survive, he recently admitted that there are at least 30 that he could not resuscitate. In actuality, it is possible that as many as 170 people died in his hands. From 2003 to 2005, the death rate at the clinic that he worked at more than doubled.

In 2008 he was sentenced to serve seven and one half years in prison for the attempted murder of one patient. He is now on trial again, since September of 2014, for the murder and attempted murder of two patients. During this trial, he told the court appointed psychiatrist that he had already murdered 30 patients, and revived another 60.

When asked why he killed so many, he claimed that he wanted to practice his resuscitation  skills. He also claimed that he was “bored”.

Obviously, this is another example of a horrible nurse that decided to take lives, rather than uphold his duty to save them. This story reminds me of the Italian angel of death nurse that killed over 100 patients because they, or their family, were annoying. In that case, she not only killed them, but she also took many selfies with her and the corpses.

What do you think about this deadly German nurse that decided to kill his patients because he was bored?

 

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NY Law Allows Nurse Practitioners To Practice Medicine

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new york hospitalOn January 1, 2015, the state of New York changed its laws to allow nurse practitioners to practice medicine. The new law was enacted in April of 2014, but just went into effect.

NY is the nineteenth state to enact similar legislation, which allows a nurse practitioner (NP) to basically act as a doctor, only without having to attend medical school. A NP in NY can now do everything that a primary care doctor can do. They can treat patients, diagnose them, prescribe medications, and even open up their own/independent practices.

In order to open their office, which is independent of any medical doctor, they must first work for twenty months under a MDs supervision. After the 20 month stint, they can operate their own patient care facility, and perform services for their patients as they see fit, without any supervision.

A complaint raised by some is that these specialized nurses are performing as doctors, without the education and training that is required of doctors. While a NP generally has 6 years of education after high school, a MD usually has 12 years of training. That’s twice the amount of education required for a nurse practitioner, yet they can now legally function as a primary care physician. To some, that is troubling, and they question whether a NP can provide the same level of care.

The driving forces behind this change in the laws in many states is a lack of available physicians and the cost savings.

There is an alarming lack of available medical doctors in the United States. That shortage is expected to grow even worse in the coming years. As there are not enough available doctors to treat the current patient load in a timely manner, many see nurse practitioners as the solution.

The initial cost of seeing a NP is considerably lower than seeing a physician. Insurance companies, federal health programs and walk-in clinics know this, and were some of the key lobbyists that are driving this wave of change across the country. While some see this as a cheaper way to receive the same service, others point out that the long term costs of using a NP instead of a MD may be higher than we realize. They claim that a nurse practitioner is more likely to order expensive diagnostic tests such as an MRI, and that they often miss complex medical problems due to a lack of training.

While the doctors are complaining that NPs are not trained to act as doctors, I believe that this change is fantastic. If a NP gets into a situation that they are uncomfortable with (a complex health concern), they can simply refer the patient to a MD. I would think that over 90% of the visits to a doctor’s office could be handled just as well by a NP, and at less than half the cost. The result is that there are more healthcare professionals available to treat us, and the cost goes down.

What do you think about nurse practitioners practicing medicine without supervision by a MD? We would love to hear your thoughts.

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Patient Files Lawsuit Against Plano Hospital In Nurse Rape Case

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the medical center of plano texasTwo years ago Debe Castro was a patient at The Medical Center of Plano, Texas. She was heavily sedated but alert. According to Castro, while she was alert and sedated she was raped by a male nurse (Wilson Karago) at the hospital. She claims that she was aware of what was happening to her, but she was unable to stop the attack due to the sedation.

Why is she suing the hospital for what an employee allegedly did to her? Castro’s chief complaint is that the Plano hospital failed to perform an adequate criminal background check when it hired Karago. She claims that if an adequate check would have been done, Karago would not have been hired by the facility, and therefore she would not have been raped.

At his previous job in Indiana, nurse Karago was allegedly accused of administering unneeded insulin shots to his own newborn child. That child was rushed to the Indiana hospital where Karago worked. He was accused of endangering the life of his own child. He allegedly stole the insulin from the hospital that he worked at. Those child abuse allegations in Indiana are of public record, and they would have been uncovered in a thorough background check.

Karago has been indicted in Plano for raping Castro, but when police went to his home to arrest him he had already fled the country. It is believed that he went to his native country of Kenya in Africa. Kenya has no extradition agreement with the United States, so it is unlikely that he will ever be brought to trial on the rape allegations.

Of course we are outraged that a nurse would rape or sexually assault any patient. This violates every moral code that healthcare workers work so hard to uphold. As with all similar stories we point out that almost all nurses are fantastic people that do everything in their power to help their patients (even hugging them sometimes), but there will always be a few rotten apples. Nurse Karago is the worst of all rotten apples!

 

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Chinese Chefs Add Opium To Dishes

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George Tall works in the legal field, is a father of three, and a husband of a RN for 25 years. He enjoys writing about everything, especially nursing! He has been writing for a living, at least partially, since around 2000. As an author on dozens of websites, he enjoys being factual, while spinning a bit of humor where possible.
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chinese food opiumWith the concern of fattening food, junk food and unhealthy eating habits in the U.S., it seems that there is another concern that Chinese diners have to  deal with- their food being spiked with opium!

In 2008 the Chinese government cracked down on the tradition of adding opium to dishes at restaurants. Today, it’s unlikely to be found at major restaurants in the urban areas. If you travel to small cafes or rural areas though, it’s very common to find poppy shells and heads floating in the broths that are cooking your food.

Why would a chef want to spike your food with drugs? To make you feel happy and to make sure that you come back to them- every day!

The foods that are most commonly “spiked” in China are lobsters, hot pot and various noodle dishes. Because the Chinese chefs use so much heavy seasonings such as peppers, you won’t even taste the opium poppies.

How will you know that your noodles are spiked? After the meal you will feel very, very satisfied. You will probably eat more than you normally would. You will also likely get an urge to take a long, relaxing nap where you will sleep better than you ever have.

Just imagine working in the operating room and having to deal with patients that have overdosed from lobsters!

So the next time you’re in China, avoid the small/rural restaurants, unless you’re feeling poppy.

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Nurse Patricia Fugate Ohio Medicaid Fraud

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George Tall works in the legal field, is a father of three, and a husband of a RN for 25 years. He enjoys writing about everything, especially nursing! He has been writing for a living, at least partially, since around 2000. As an author on dozens of websites, he enjoys being factual, while spinning a bit of humor where possible.
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medicaid fraud ohio nurseAccording to the Ohio Auditor Dave Yost, nurse Patricia Fugate fraudulently billed the state’ s Medicaid for services not provided from 2009 to 2011. Nurse Fugate is an independent home health nurse who treats patients at their homes, and she operates as an independent business.

Allegedly, from 2009 to 2011 her records indicate that she provided services to many patients at the same time/day. Of the 998 services that she billed Medicaid for during this time, 112 of them overlapped with the same time. As the auditor pointed out, “A person cannot be in two places at the same time.”

Nurse Fugate had billed the state Medicaid system for more services than any other independent nurse in the state from 2009 to 2011.

The auditor alleges that Fugate deceived the taxpayers for $146,000 with fraudulent billing during this time. In response, the state has suspended her ability to receive payments from Medicaid.

It’s alleged that she responded to the complaint by telling the auditor that she did provide all of the services, but that she simply wrote down the wrong dates and times.

If the Ohio Department of Medicaid accepts the auditor’s findings, she will be required to pay the money back. She can appeal their decision as well. If she refuses to reimburse the state, the department may turn the case over to the Attorney General’s office to pursue.

This case reminds me of the Miami CNA that committed Medicare fraud that we just reported on.