Laws from Lawsuits

Admittedly, this is a tough situation to talk about.  Brandon Harris, a mentally challenged 25 year-old man, unexpectedly died during a routine sleep study.   The case is in court now because the family feels the hospital could have done more to prevent the guy from dying.  It is sad but the fact is that this is a very RARE incident.  Nothing like this had happened at the site in 15,000 studies.   In fact, no one has even seen something like this happen before.  Brandon was obese and had congestive heart failure, cardiomyopathy, diabetes and high blood pressure.   The case hasn’t even been settled yet a Georgia State named Senator Vincent Fort “appeared with members of Harris’ family at a press conference to introduce a bill that would require 24-hour surveillance and CPR training for staff at sleep study facilities”.  Whether I think better systems and training for these facilities is a good idea (I do) is irrelevant. The bottom line is that one incident should not create mandates.  We should not let lawsuits create laws.   This just increases the cost of our depleted healthcare system.  We need impartial experts and groups of informed people to meet and make proper decisions so that we don’t make rash, emotional and costly changes.  I feel bad for Brandon.  I feel bad for the mom but hey, who made the kid obese and sick in the first place?

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