And once again, its blow contributes to a death. This time, it’s the VA’s Talihina, Oklahoma, facility, and this place allowed maggots to breed in the injury of a veteran.
Executive Director Myles Deering said the maggots were discovered while the patient was alive but were not the cause of his death. He said the man came into the center with an infection.
Deering tried to play down the incident:
He did not succumb as a result of the parasites. He succumbed as a result of the sepsis.
This is the level of attention, much less actual medical care, our veterans get from the VA. Never mind that if this facility’s imitation medical personnel had taken the infection seriously, they would have noticed the maggots and maybe done something about them. And maybe cleaned up the flies and the flies’ eggs whence the maggots came. And maybe cleaned up the whole facility a little bit.
Four persons, a physician’s assistant and the Talihina facility’s Director of Nursing and two other nurses, have been allowed to resign over the matter. Never mind any accountability for these. Never mind the allegedly attending physician responsible for this veteran’s care receiving being held accountable, so far, at least.
It’s long past time to get rid of the VA and to use its budget and what would have been its budgets in succeeding years to provide vouchers for our veterans so they can get the care they need from the doctors and hospitals they choose.
Veteranos Administratio delende est.