Monday, June 25, 2007

Nurse Removes Toenails of Dementia Patients

There are allegations and planned charges facing a nurse at Japan's Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture. The charge? Removal of finger and toenails from patients suffering from dementia. It is reported that she removed them as a form of punishment. These actions came to light when the patients family members started to complain about the missing nails. The nurse denies the allegations and stated that the nails were already coming off and she was administering treatment.

You can read more here.

Some questions:

-What does this make you think about your upcoming health care when you will be entrusted to others for daily living help?
-Does this concern you for your parents/grandparents if they are no longer able to live on their own?
-Do you think that there is a camaraderie between fellow employees that would allow for such a thing as this to take place? If so, how do we as a society change that as to place more value in honoring the old?

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