Wednesday, September 28, 2011

King of Popping Pills...

Apparently Michael Jackson is still capable of taking over the media with his escapades even in the afterlife. Schamone! I was listening to the radio coverage of Dr. Conrad Murray’s trial, the physician who was administering potent sedatives to the King of Pop, and in my professional opinion, something is seriously amiss.

The doctor is being charged with neglect and involuntary manslaughter, and what I find interesting is that the defense’s case is Michael Jackson killed himself by taking a bunch of pills after the doctor had left the room. Now, I’m not a lawyer, forensic scientist, or even a criminal justice major, but neither am I an idiot. If a doctor is supposed to be keeping a close eye on patient who is taking powerful sedatives leaves a room, and keeps a bunch of medicine within arm’s reach of that barely coherent patient so that an overdose is possible, then that in my mind is the very definition of neglect.

Providing in home patient care with medications administered only in hospitals without the presence of medical staff is already dangerous and requires extra degrees of vigilance. The mere fact that the doctor left the room under the circumstances underscores gross neglect and medical malpractice. Conrad Murray violated the first tenet of the Hippocratic Oath, which is to do no harm, regardless of whether the defense’s proposition that Michael committed suicide is true or not.

To top it all off, neither when the medics arrived on the scene, nor when MJ was taken to the hospital did Conrad disclose the medications in the patient's system. I don't know whether or not that could have made a difference at that juncture, but that is far from the point. Everyone knows that by telling doctors what medications are present in the body increases the chances of survival and minimizes the chances of administering a lethal combination of meds. How is it that Conrad had two opportunities to do this, but let it slip his mind?


krista zee said...

Totally unrelated but i just finished When You Are Engulfed in Flames.

Brown said...

krista - Well, what did you think? Have you read any of his others? Isn't he hilarious?

heartinsanfrancisco said...

It sounds as if it was an assisted suicide, and while I think Kevorkian was a hero for his work with terminally ill people, MJ was not terminally ill, albeit royally screwed up mentally and emotionally. I agree with your conclusions. Sadly, far too often these days, doctors seem to be taking the Hippocritic Oath.

Brown said...

heart - Neck feeling any better? Yeah, as shameful as it seems, it's very probable that he wanted an out, bit regardless of how messed up or destitute his patient may have been, he definitely dropped the ball.

Mrs. Hall said...

this is all i gotta say

I have 100000000000 people show up at my office asking for crazy this and crazy that. and no, i won't prescribe it.

we have a responsibility as providers to NOT feed into their habits and hasten their death.

he should do time.