Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Judge Nurse Rudee

Too lazy to change the channel, I watched the defense of Michael Jackson's physician, Dr. Murray, place the blame of Michael Jackson's death solidly on the deceased's shoulders.

Hmmm.

Yes, I agree, Michael Jackson seems to have had a monster addiction and was a tortured soul, but as a medical professional myself, and one who has opened countless bottles of Mother's Milk propofol, I still don't know of any reasonable reason why propofol or versed would be used outside of an ICU, emergency room or surgical suite, and then only with the utmost scrutiny that machines, monitors and trained staff can provide. What his physician did is not what most medical professionals would reasonably do in a similar circumstance. In addition, I know many doctors often change specialties, but what in God's name made this man think he could be all things to one man: a cardiologist, psychiatrist, addiction specialist and anesthesiologist? Me thinks the color green played a big role.

Plain and simple? The doctor should be glad I'm not seated on his jury, for no matter how much blame his defense places on Michael Jackson himself, in my mind, the doctor is guilty of medical malpractice at the least, and I believe, manslaughter. There is no gray area here, as--and here's that pesky little point again--he did not behave in the manner most medical professionals (his peers) would and failed, failed, failed to meet the standard of care. That my friends is how you measure the actions of a medical professional.

If you listen to any of this trial, keep in mind that, yes, Michael Jackson was the master of his own destiny, but then so was his physician. Personally, I wish he'd just plead guilty and save us the circus his trial is sure to be.




13 comments:

Rubye Jack said...

Money talks. I guess if you have enough money you can buy what you want and think you need. Both are guilty.

Denise said...

They called it the Milk of Amnesia in the ICU. It sure is, Duane can't remember a thing those four weeks when they took him off the versed and onto the propofol.

I agree the Dr. is guilty, we all have choices. Isn't like the victim held a loaded gun to his head.

Gail said...

Oh, the good that could have been done with all that money!

Finding Pam said...

I'm with you Rudee, I would vote guilty.

The Bug said...

Guilty here too - it's just crazy that there's even a question of whether or not the doctor is culpable. Which means he'll probably get off. Sigh.

sapphireblue said...

Yes, Michael Jackson was an addict, and the doctor saw that. He knew he stood to make money, because the addict was filthy rich. The defense is saying that Jackson injected himself. He should not have had that propofol on location to begin with.

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

sarge said the same thing this morning. he said it's going to be another casey anthony trial. sigh...

smiles, bee
xoxoxooxoxox

distracted by shiny objects said...

So...I guess I should NOT be giving out those cute little bottles as house-warming presents.oooops.
On a different, but similiar note, I was listening to NPR yesterday and the discussion about prescription drug deaths--most notably from pain pills. Drs in ER's and clinics were presenting their pressures to keep the "flow of the ER" moving(quick in/quick out) and the almighty Press-Ganey surveys--The Pay for Praise mentality of hospitals these days. This movement of administrators and managers to treat hospitals as though they're hotels. Very insidiously dangerous. You don't get high marks for spending extra time with a patient to discuss addictions and alternatives and not giving folks what they want/opposed to what they need. That's a big ball rolling through the hospital industry these days. Dislike. :>(

Brenda said...

This reminds me of JFK and his Dr. Feelgood. I wonder how many wealthy people get this kind of thing delivered to them...if that is what they want. I have a feeling he is not the only Dr. out there doing this. They should all be charged and brought to justice.

Stephanie V said...

Just because MJ was an addict is not an excuse to abuse his trust. I can't imagine why anyone would want to not remember whole periods of time. This doctor needs to be found guilty. Will he be?

Ruth said...

We are getting a bit of that trail circus here and Rudee i agree with everything you say - why did one Doc prescribe so much stuff - definately guilty - should be struck off - what happened to the doctors oath 'first do no harm'

NCmountainwoman said...

Amen from this corner. I had an endoscopy shortly after MJ's death. The anesthesiologist asked if I was ready for the "Jackson Juice." Prior to that they also called it "milk of amnesia."

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

Yes he is guilty. He was the only MD they could get from what I understand to do what was needed. That is why he was hired. I think MJ wanted to die. Who are we to say.
QMM