Patient dumping is shoddy

02/28/2014 10:02 AM

02/24/2014 12:04 PM

Re "Nevada busing ruling ignores dignity" (Dan Morain, Feb. 23): I was a nursing student in 1965. Part of my training involved working at the then tubercular facility, Weimar, near Auburn.

Nursing students were given patients with grave, complex problems. Having to care for these patients was terrifying and instructive. but there was little we could do for them beyond comfort measures. We soon learned that these patients had been transferred to Weimar, only to die a few days later.

Apparently the practice of patient dumping was widespread. Sacramento County's hospital routinely ship out terminal patients to other counties to avoid burial costs.

If this wasn't bad enough, Gov. Ronald Reagan closed many state mental hospitals. Psychiatric patients were released and told to seek outpatient care. Patient dumping is a shoddy practice no matter who does it. -- Bev Messner, Folsom

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