Here's the story if you want to read it HERE.
Apparently the patient who was not supposed to be on oxygen, did not have oxygen ordered by the physician, somehow was. He also had a urinary catheter. If you're not familiar one goes in the nose the other into the bladder from where you pee.
The tubing supplying the oxygen, and the catheter are totally different tubings. The catheter being 2-4 times the diameter of the oxygen tube.
Nonetheless someone got them mixed up (to the point of having to improvise to get the catheter to accept the oxygen tube due to size. They also are different colors supposedly to keep things from possibly getting confused (note here-giant fail).
However it happenedd, it inflated the young mans bladder (it's compressed air flow) until finally it burst. This then kept going until it filled his belly with oxygen until inside it pushed up the diaphragm and then collasped his lungs.
Of course, he died.
Unfortunately this is part of the examples of why hospitalization is now the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S. That's correct, number 3. Few things rank higher in killing you. The second part is all of it, including the senseless death of this young man, is totally preventable. 100% could be pretty easily prevented.
The above case if you read the link is loaded with insinuations that things were covered up, hidden, lied about and hid to obviously prevent someone from losing their license, and being responsible.
What happened? So many people view healthcare s this great job with making a lot of money. Being a nurse is a lot of many dreams. The question is of all those standing in line to get into training, how many really are doing it to care for others, to help change patient's lives, or do things more meaningful. Unfortunately if you read articles on growing job opportunities, and all the healthcare hype even from the schools themselves. It's about money, and opportunity. Not about caring.
The risk will get worse not better, as the profession itself shifts to opportunity, more money, and less about the core of nursing and helping and caring and serving others.
The advice is simply buyer beware. Figure out if your caregiver is punching a clock, or caring for you. Ask questions, demand hand washing and prompt answers to questions. Write everything down, and enlist family and friends as your personal watchdog.
The ilfe you save may very well be your own.