This is from a nurse continuing education site.
I especially liked the part about how you promise to do no harm so you have to get an immunization to protect your patients. *eye roll*
"Who cares if the flu vaccine doesn't protect the elderly as we once thought, we got extra! We must educate, scare, sell!"
Well hey, at least it makes room for new elderly patients in the nursing homes!
I am becoming more and more convinced that its pharmaceuticals that are killing people - especially the elderly. I have begun to notice that no matter what is wrong with a person, they all seem to go through the same exact hospital-stays just before death. Strokes, Heart Attacks, Kidney Failures, Mini-strokes, Water on the lungs, Pneumonia...all that sounds much more like death by pharmaceuticals (and lying in bed) than death by any disease! Is it just me or is anyone else noticing that the elderly are going through the same ailments, yet they have different conditions?
I think it's more about death by poor/unhealthy lifestyle choices.
The unit I work on is majority geriatrics. Most of our patients are admitted from skilled nursing facilities. And yes -- they almost almost all die with the things you listed (they all seem to go through the same exact hospital-stays just before death. Strokes, Heart Attacks, Kidney Failures, Mini-strokes, Water on the lungs, Pneumonia)
Most of these people are overweight (or morbidly obese), do not have good diets (if they eat at all) and do not exercise. The majority of them are type two diabetics (I've seen only 1 type 1 diabetic of the hundreds of patient's I've had). They all have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, some degree of congestive heart failure.. most have some degree of kidney failure and most have peripheral vascular disease.. all of which, coincidentally have to do with poor regulation of blood sugar and type 2 diabetes.
If people ate better, exercised more and gave a hoot about the damage they were doing to their bodies through their poor decision-making, there would be no need for drugs to lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, control blood sugar and so on and so forth. The bottom line is that people are lazy -- Yes, the drug company pushes their medications .. but WE the people make it easy for them by allowing ourselves to be unhealthy, lazy lumps. It's easier to pop a pill than it is to make time to walk for 30 minutes a day and cut out the jelly beans. 99% of patients would rather take a medication than try an alternative therapy -- if people have an ache, they want morphine, not a heat pack.