Medical Assistant Sylvia Olona at the Presbyterian Health Services Rio Rancho Family Health Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico “accidentally” removed the Intrauterine Device of a patient after the patient requested that Olona shorten the strings.
What was Olona’s response?
“[H]having the IUD come out was a good thing.” After asking the patient if she wanted her thoughts on the situation, Olona said, without waiting for an answer: “[P]ersonally do not like IUDs. I feel they are a type of abortion. I don’t know how you feel about abortion, but I am against them. What the IUD does is take the fertilized egg and pushes it out of the uterus.” She then suggested that the patient get a Depo-Provera shot or use the pill, and refused to insert a new IUD.
IUDs work in no such way, and if she became a medical assistant at any reputable educational facility she surely would have learnt that. In addition, you never ever tug on the strings. Never.
In a true show of spin, Olona came mightly close to pulling out other patients’ IUDs deliberately: “‘Everyone in the office always laughs and tells me I pull these out on purpose because I am against them, but it’s not true, they accidentally come out when I tug.”
If she is unable to cut strings on an IUD properly, she is incompetent, especially as she has seemingly done it before. Incompetence is a definite cause for termination in my book, and if Olona is that incompetent, she should be fired.
On the other hand, it is possible that Olona is deliberately pulling out IUDs. In that case, instead of helping the patient and doing her job, she ASSAULTED HER, violating her BODILY AUTONOMY and SECURITY OF PERSON by FORCING A MEDICAL PROCEDURE ON HER WITHOUT HER CONSENT and then started moralizing and lecturing the patient!
The patient is suing both Olona and the center for battery, negligence, and constitutional violation. I hope that Olona’s qualifications are cancelled, she is forced to apologize, and held liable for damages. Proper and just compensation and outcomes should result.
Hat tip to RH Reality Check for the title.