Woman on Oxygen Dies After Power Cut

  1. Another Prime Example of "Your Money or Your Life".

    Disturbing, to say the least.


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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   Jessy_RN
    What a shame, this really broke my heart.
  4. by   Cherish
    Thats so sad. The power company in my area if you have a medical problem you can call them or fill a form out online and they will allow the electricity to stay on if its a medical necessity. Can't believe this company did that.

    A life for not paying a measly 100 dollar bill. How sad and the nerve to turn it back on the day after she dies, so rude! It's basically a slap in the face sorry kids we killed your mother but at least you don't have to cry yourself to sleep at night with no light. The nerve of some companies. The idea of being good to your fellow man or a daily good deed no longer applies in this time of age.:angryfire
    Last edit by Cherish on May 30, '07
  5. by   BBFRN
    What a needless tragedy. I hope her family wins their suit.
  6. by   DutchgirlRN
    I'm assuming this happened in Australia? I know here if you have a letter of medical necessity from a doctor the electric company cannot turn off your electricity for any reason. Vent patients and many on 02 have back up generators in case the electricity goes off due to mother nature. I totally don't get the guy who saw the patient and then turned it off anyway. He as well as the electric company needs to be sued. I know you can't feel sorry for everyone but I would have paid the bill myself before turning the electricity off on this woman, heck, he could have even given her an hour or so to move to another location. No portable 02?
  7. by   NRSKarenRN
    I can soooooooooo empathize with this family from both personal and experience as homecare RN.

    Another point:
    If electricity bill high due to Oxygen concentrator and problems paying bill, patient could have been switched to liquid Oxygen system if equipment provider contacted. As homecare RN, one of the first things I check is does pt new on Oxygen concentrator have portable tank, can pt or caregiver turn on and setup portable unit, is phone # of oxygen supplier prominently displayed in home along with no smoling sign.

    Have arrived at pts home with portable tank from hospital ran out and no concentrator delivered -- 911 called then contacted DME CO for stat delivery.

    Mother is O2 dependent x 4 years. Switched to liquid system due to multiple power failures in her area. Also had episode in past few months were she "couldn't breathe right" for several hours---Dad checked that oxygen coming out of tank, saw mom had O2 prongs in her nose but didn't see that pump pot filled with water had hit water trap disloging tubing connection. Mom couldn't tell him that not receiving 02 as hypoxic. Reinforced anytime mom complains not breathing to check entire tubing tracing from tank to face---if lasts over 1 hour I'm to be called to troubleshoot.
  8. by   swartzrn
    I worked for an electric company prior to going to nursing school. Customers who needed oxygen for life support could bring in a letter from their doctor, their account would be flagged and their account handled accordingly. During power outages, they were on the priority list for getting their service restored. Twice we had weather storms (one ice storm and then a hurricane) that affected our area and we had quite a few oxygen dependant customers. They always got priority. I assume it's still like that.
    There is no price to put on a life and for this woman to give up her life for an amount of money (no matter how small or big) is just plain out sad!!! There's some real problems in our world today..
  9. by   ElvishDNP
    Looks like it happened in New Zealand.
  10. by   leslie :-D
    i don't know what to say....
    truly speechless.
    there are so many reasons why this shouldn't have happened.
    what is this world coming to?

    leslie
  11. by   oramar
    I drove past a senior citizen high rise not to long ago. Noticed several fire engines and a ton of ambulances. Asked a medic if there was a fire, he said no a long lasting power failure had cause problems because so many people were on supplimental O2.

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