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Nurse steals patient’s meds, tells him to ‘Man up’

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People can have strange reactions when given Fentanyl — which is why nurses shouldn’t shoot up with the drug while assisting a surgery.

That’s exactly what Sarah May Casareto is accused of doing last November. Casareto, a nurse at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, allegedly gave herself most of the pain medication reserved for a patient undergoing kidney stone surgery. The actual patient only received 150 micrograms of the 500 ordered for him.

The patient, known only by the initials LVK, said he felt intense pain during the procedure, was screaming in agony, and that medical staff had to hold him down to complete the procedure. When LVK expressed his distress, Casareto told him to “man up” and suggested “go to your beach … go to your happy place” as a way to tough out the ordeal.

The doctor and other staff on hand got suspicious when they noticed that Casareto was slurring her words, appeared intoxicated and eventually stopped attending the patient and fell asleep on duty. After being confronted, she resigned rather than take a hospital-required drug test. She has since been charged with theft of a controlled substance.

The incident came to light after the patient filed a police report. The hospital wouldn’t comment on when, or if, it reported the incident to police. Nor would the hospital comment on why a procedure would continue when a patient expressed he was in so much pain.

An investigation into the drug theft continues, and the County Attorney wouldn’t say if it’s believed other patients received similar treatment at Casareto’s hands.

As for Casareto, prosecutors are asking for prison time if she is convicted. Current sentencing guidelines call only for probation. Casareto is a licensed nurse in Minnesota, and has no record of prior disciplinary actions.

  • Mark N Starla Traina

    NURSE RAY JENNINGS tells OPEN HEART SURGERY PATIENT to “MAN UP”, “STOP ACTING LIKE A LITTLE GIRL”, “YOU ARE NOT BEING A GOOD SOLDIER”, “I AM NOT GOING TO CALL YOUR WIFE AT 3:30 AM AND INCONVIENCE HER”! … and to make matters much WORSE, the LOUISIANA MEDICAL REVIEW PANEL that REVIEWED this COMPLAINT said that all those RUDE, UNPROFESSIONAL COMMENTS did not CONSTITUTE PATIENT RIGHTS VIOLATIONS! SEE: MARK ANTHONY TRAINA V. LAKEVIEW REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

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    NIGHT CHARGE NURSE RAY JENNINGS will probably tell you to “MAN UP”, if you are just coming out of OPEN HEART SURGERY! He may even refuse to call your FAMILY MEMBERS, even if you tell him that you feel like you are “DYING”! He may even tell you that “YOU ARE ACTING LIKE A LITTLE GIRL”, or that, “YOU ARE NOT BEING A GOOD SOLDIER”! … and his BOSS may even tell you that this is an acceptable way to encourage a very sick ICU PATIENT!

    … but don’t believe that NON-SENSE!

    Know your PATIENT RIGHTS, and take them to COURT!

    MARK ANTHONY TRAINA – PRO SE ATTORNEY — NURSE RAY JENNINGS – PHOTO https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ed7133b969e135a3239192f30e42d6c324ef14021424e43372cf6a5f810f39e0.jpg

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    22ND JUDICAL DISTRICT COURT FOR THE PARISH OF ST. TAMMANY

    STATE OF LOUISIANA

    Mark Anthony Traina,
    Plaintiff,
    vs.
    Lakeview Regional Medical Center and Ray Jennings,
    Defendants
    COMPLAINT
    Plaintiff brings forth the following causes of action and alleges the following:
    Plaintiff is an individual and a resident of Slidell, Louisiana, USA.
    Defendant number one is a corporation, and at the time of this complaint, a business located in Mandeville, Louisiana.
    Defendant number two is an individual, and at the time of this complaint, a resident of Terry, Mississippi, USA.
    04-27-2015, Plaintiff contracted with the Defendants to provide care for him, before, during and after under-going a Coronary Bypass Surgical Procedure at the Lakeview Regional Medical Center.
    On or about 04-27-2015, Plaintiff and Defendants signed a contract stating the terms of the medical procedure that was to be performed, and the professional care that would be provided to him before, during and after under-going the Coronary Bypass Medical Procedure.
    On or about 04-28-2015, Plaintiff awoke still intubated, hands tied to a gurney, after Coronary Bypass Surgery at or about 12:30 AM crying and withering in severe right shoulder pain. I was trying to let ICU Nurse Ray Jennings know that the pain in my right shoulder was excruciating, which 7 days later a CT Scan was done showing it was fractured, but he refused to provide me with a Pain Level Chart, or any other type of Non-Verbal Assistive Technical Communication Device that I could use to let him know exactly where I was hurting, or how badly I was hurting! Instead of providing me Pain Level Chart that I could point at or any other type of Non-Verbal Assistive Technical Device to communicate with him, Nurse Jennings said, “YOU JUST HAD OPEN HEART SURGERY, WHAT DID YOU EXPECT”! I was not looking for more pain medication, but rather a pillow to prop up my right shoulder or a heating pad to relieve some of the pain! In response to all my crying and withering Nurse Jennngs said to me, “I AM NOT GOING THERE WITH YOU”, as he walked out of my ICU Room he said, “I’M OFF TO SAVE MORE LIVES!”
    When Nurse Jennings returned to my bedside, instead of providing me a Pain Assessment Chart, or some other non-verbal communication assistive technical devise, Nurse Jennings said, “YOU HAVE GOTTEN ALL THE PAIN MEDICATION THAT YOU ARE GOING TO GET, AND YOU ARE NOT GOING TO GET ANYMORE”!
    At or about 3:30 AM, Nurse Jennings, assisted by Respiratory Therapist Carla Gibson removed my breathing tubes! It was at that time that I told Nurse Jennings, “YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHO YOU ARE FUCKING WITH”, and his response to me, in front of Respiratory Therapist Carla Gibson was, “I REALLY DON’T GIVE A SHIT”. I responded by saying, “THAT’S OBVIOUS, BUT YOU ARE GONNA GIVE SHIT BEFORE THIS IS ALL OVER!”
    Additionally, Nurse Jennings continuously refused to call my wife, in spite of my crying, constant pleas, and telling Nurse Jennings, “I FEEL LIKE I AM DYING, I WANT MY WIFE”! Nurse Jennings kept saying, “I AM NOT GOING TO CALL YOUR WIFE AT 3:30 AM IN THE MORNING AND INCONVIENCE HER!” Fortunately, for me two ICU Staff Members Mia Yepez and ICU Nurse Jessica Dennis over-heard Nurse Jennings and I bickering about calling my wife, and Ms. Yepez came into my ICU Room and told Nurse Jennings, “EITHER YOU ARE GOING TO CALL MR. TRAINA’S WIFE OR I AM GOING TO CALL MR. TRAINA’S WIFE, BUT SOMEONE IS GOING TO CALL MR. TRAINA’S WIFE!” Nurse Jennings responded to Ms. Yepez saying, “HE’S MY PATIENT, AND I’LL DO WHATEVER I WANT!” Shortly thereafter, I could hear Nurse Jennings on the phone talking to my wife, asking her whether or not I was easily agitated. Nurse Jennings went on to assure my wife that I was doing fine and that she should get some rest and come back to the ICU later in the day. At no time did Nurse Jennings tell my wife that I wanted to talk to her or have her to come to the ICU as soon as possible, because I felt like I was dying. Moments later, Ms. Yepez came to my bedside with a phone in her hand and said, “MR. TRAINA I HAVE YOUR DAUGHTER’S VOICEMAIL READY, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO LEAVE HER A MESSAGE!” I spoke into the phone saying, “BOBBEE, PLEASE COME TO THE ICU, AS SOON AS YOU CAN, I AM SCARED OF THIS NURSE, AND I FEEL LIKE I AM DYING!”
    It should be noted that Nurse Jennings continuously disrespected and humiliated me and attacked my dignity for over 7-hours repeatedly making unprofessional and unethical statements like, “YOU NEED TO MAN UP”, “YOU NEED TO STOP ACTING LIKE A LITTLE GIRL”, “YOU ARE NOT BEING A GOOD SOLDIER”, he also made this statement in front of my wife and daughter, “I CAN PUT YOUR PULSE METER ON YOUR EAR LOBE, BUT THAT WOULD MAKE YOU LOOK LIKE A LITTLE GIRL”, as well as, telling my Wife and Daughter, shortly after they arrived at the ICU, “I HAVE TREATED A LOT OF PATIENTS OVER THE PAST 26-YEARS, MOST HAVE GOTTEN HERE IN FOUR OR FIVE DAYS, BUT I DON’T FORESEE THAT HAPPENING WITH THIS ONE, BECAUSE HE’S NOT COOPERATIVE!”
    It should also be noted that before leaving for the day, Nurse Jennings approached my bedside and stated in front of all my Family Members, “I’M SORRY IF I WAS A MEAN NURSE”! He went on to say, “I AM LEAVING HERE TODAY, GOING TO MISSISSIPPI, FOR THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS, BUT I WILL BE TAKING YOU WITH ME”! Nurse Jennings also told his replacement Nurse Michelle Delhom, “GOOD LUCK WITH THAT ONE”, as he was leaving for the day!
    The Lakeview Regional Medical Center provides Patients and Visitors to their Medical Facility with a free copy of their Patient Guide Handbook. On page 16, of the LRMC’s Patient Guide Handbook it specifically states that all Patients entering their Hospital are to receive high-quality, ethical, safe, considerate and respectful professional care. This is not the type of care that I received from ICU Nurse Ray Jennings on the morning of April 28, 2015. Furthermore, a study of case law reveals that in most Patient Rights Violations Lawsuits you need a Medical Expert to testify that the Medical Care that you received did not meet the required professional standard, however, that claim is mute, according to the Common Knowledge Exception, whereas, the behavior is so egregious, that no such testimony is warranted. Patient’s at all licensed medical facilities in the United States of America, as well as, every U.S. Territory have the right to expect and receive high-quality, ethical, safe, considerate and respectful professional care.

    COUNT 1 – NEGLIGENCE
    Defendants failed to perform their duties as described in Lakeview Regional Medical Center’s Patient Guide in a safe and effective manner leading to the injuries sustained by the Plaintiff. Resulting in both patient and human rights violations involving the use of both ridicule and humiliation tactics as a means of patient encouragement.
    COUNT 2 – NEGLIGENCE
    Defendants failed to perform their duties as described in Lakeview Regional Medical Center’s Patient Guide in a safe and effective manner leading to the injuries sustained by the Plaintiff. Resulting in a prolonged recovery process with many other medical complications. The Plaintiff experienced such things as crying spells, breathing difficulties, sleeping difficulties, terror and physical exhaustion.
    COUNT 3- NEGIGENCE
    Defendants failed to perform their duties as described in Lakeview Regional Medical Center’s Patient Guide in a safe and effective manner leading to the injuries sustained by the Plaintiff, resulting in cruelty to an infirmed ICU Patient. The Plaintiff suffered from humiliation, extreme ridicule and persecution at the hands of the Defendants.
    COUNT 4 – NEGLIGENCE
    Defendants failed to perform their duties as described in Lakeview Regional Medical Center’s Patient Guide in a safe and effective manner leading to the injuries sustained by the Plaintiff. Resulting in patient seclusion and isolation from family members. Plaintiff was intentionally denied access to family members during a critical time period of his recovery process.

    COUNT 5 – NEGLIGENCE
    Defendants failed to perform their duties as described in Lakeview Regional Medical Center’s Patient Guide in a safe and effective manner leading to the injuries sustained by the Plaintiff. Resulting in elder abuse. The Plaintiff, a fifty-eight year old man, with a long history of medical problems including type II diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, a bipolar disorder, and a sleep disturbance, should never have been subjected to ridicule and humiliation tactics as a means of patient encouragement.
    SUMMATION
    Obviously, the ICU is no place for a mean nurse to be working.
    DAMAGES
    WHEREFORE, the Plaintiff seeks compensatory damages in the amount of $500.000.00 with legal fees and court costs.
    Dated the 8th of February, 2017
    ________________________________
    Mark Anthony Traina – Pro Se Attorney

    MEDICAL MALPRACTICE FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/MarkAnthonyJosephTraina/?ref=bookmarks

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      MARK TRAINA V. LAKEVIEW REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER — COMMON KNOWLEDGE: common knowledge is used to refer to information that a reader would accept as valid, such as information that many users may know. As an example, this type of information may include the temperature in which water freezes or boils. It’s common knowledge that registered nurses should never tell patients to “Man Up”, “Stop Acting Like A Little Girl”, “You Are Not Being A Good Soldier”, and “No I Am Not Going To Call Your Wife At 3:30 AM In The Morning And Inconvenience Her”!

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      MARK ANTHONY TRAINA V. LAKEVIEW REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
      and RAY GRAVES JENNINGS – TRIAL NEWS UPDATE: 09-13-2017

      MARK ANTHONY TRAINA has
      been involved in a MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAWSUIT against the LAKEVIEW REGIONAL
      MEDICAL CENTER and RAY GRAVES JENNINGS for over 2-years! We, meaning both the
      PLANTIFF and the DEFENDANTS have completed the DISCOVERY PROCESS, as well as,
      been through the MEDICAL REVIEW PANEL PROCESS, and are both looking forward to PRESENTING
      our EVIDENCE to a LOUISIANA JURY!

      On 09-13-2017, I, MARK
      ANTHONY TRAINA was informed by MS. JULIE, from the 22nd JUDICAL DISTRICT COURT
      in COVINGTON, LOUISIANA that my PRETRIAL is set for FEBRUARY the 23rd,
      of 2018, and my JURY TRIAL is set for MARCH the 19th, of 2018.

      Both my FAMILY and I are
      looking forward to putting this LAWSUIT behind us and moving on with our
      LIVES! We would like to THANK the 22nd
      JUDICAL DISTRICT COURT for their quick and courteous response in this
      matter.

      Join U.S. on our “MEDICAL MALPRACTICE”, FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/MarkAnthonyJosephTraina/?ref=bookmarks
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  • Mark N Starla Traina

    The Sixth Amendment to
    U.S. Constitution’s guarantee the right to a speedy trial, doesn’t apply in
    MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAWSUITS!

    The Sixth Amendment to
    the U.S. Constitution, and the constitutions of the individual states guarantee
    the right to a speedy trial, obviously, doesn’t apply in MEDICAL MALPRACTICE
    LAWSUITS, in the STATE of LOUISIANA.

    CASE IN POINT: MARK
    ANTHONY TRAINA has been involved in a MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAWSUIT against the
    LAKEVIEW REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER and RAY GRAVES JENNINGS for over 2-years! We,
    meaning both the PLANTIFF and the DEFENDANTS have completed the DISCOVERY
    PROCESS, as well as, been through the MEDICAL REVIEW PANEL PROCESS, and are
    both looking forward to presenting our EVIDENCE to a LOUISIANA JURY!

    On 09-01-2017, I, MARK
    ANTHONY TRAINA, in GOOD FAITH, paid the ST. TAMMANY PARISH CLERK of COURT’s
    OFFICE $280.00 to SET a COURT DATE for my long awaited TRIAL, and on
    09-12-2017, I was told by the CLERK of COURT, MS. VICKY SHAPE, to call back in
    a WEEK, or TWO, because she was too BUSY to have JUDGE SCHWARTZ, of the 22nd
    JUDICAL DISTRICT COURT in COVINGTON, LOUISIANA sign my request to SET my
    LAWSUIT for TRIAL!

    … so much for the 6th
    AMENDMENT to the CONSTITUTION of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA!

    http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/the-right-speedy-trial.html

    SEE: MARK ANTHONY TRAINA V. LAKEVIEW REGUONAL MEDICAL
    CENTER and RAY GRAVES JENNINGS

  • Mark N Starla Traina

    MARK ANTHONY TRAINA V. LAKEVIEW REGUONAL MEDICAL
    CENTER and RAY GRAVES JENNINGS
    PRE-TRIAL DATE: 02-23-2018
    TRIAL DATE: 03-19-2017
    I would like to thank, MS. VICKY SHARPE, the CLERK of COURT for the 22nd JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT of ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LOUISIANA for helping us establish both the PRE-TRIAL, and TRIAL DATE for this CIVIL LAWSUIT.
    MARK ANTHONY TRAINA – PRO SE LITIGANT

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    WARNING to all HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS: “WORDS can cut every bit as deeply as SWORDS” (TRAINAISM)
    “Choosing the right W https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/40da900d6f5e5031b98660d2ba94b9d9daba162662a403338c0311519927fb52.jpg ords can save Lives, as well as, lots and lots of Money” (TRAINAISM)

  • Mark N Starla Traina

    CRUELTY TO THE INFIRMED – LAWSUIT

    OPENING TRIAL STATEMENTS — NURSE BULLIES PATIENT

    22ND JUDICAL DISTRICT COURT FOR THE PARISH OF ST. TAMMANY
    STATE OF LOUISIANA
    CASE NO. 2017-10780 DIVISION “C”
    Mark Anthony Traina,
    Plaintiff,
    vs.
    Lakeview Regional Medical Center and Ray Jennings,
    Defendants
    OPENING TRIAL STATEMENTS
    On the morning of 04-28-2015 Nurse Ray Jennings intentionally inflicted emotional distress on coronary bypass patient, Mark Anthony Traina
    The Plaintiff in the Lawsuit will prove that the Defendants in this case negligently inflicted emotional distress upon him by intentionally failing on their duty to use reasonable care, thereby causing an emotional injury to the Plaintiff.
    The Plaintiff in this Lawsuit was placed under the singular authority of a cruel and inhumane Nurse, namely, Ray Jennings, who intentionally inflicted emotional distress on the Plaintiff by repeatedly making the following statements to him, “YOU NEED TO MAN UP”, “YOU NEED TO STOP ACTING LIKE A LITTLE GIRL”, “YOU ARE NOT BEING A GOOD SOLDIER”, “YOU JUST HAD OPEN HEART SURGERY WHAT DID YOU EXPECT”, “I REALLY DON’T GIVE A SHIT”, “I CAN PUT YOUR PULSE METER ON YOUR EAR LOBE, BUT THAT MIGHT MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE A LITTLE GIRL”, “NO I AM NOT GOING TO CALL YOUR WIFE AT 3:30 AM IN THE MORNING AND INCONVIENCE HER” and as Nurse Ray Jennings was leaving for the day he shook the Plaintiff’s hand and said, “I’M SORRY IF I WAS A MEAN NURSE”, which was definitely an admission of his guilt, as well as, a plea for redemption. Nurse Ray Jennings knew full-well as he left the Lakeview Regional Medical Center on the morning of 04-28-2015, that his entire Nursing Career was in jeopardy.
    No expert opinion is needed to establish wrong-doing on the part of Nurse Ray Jennings or the Lakeview Regional Medical Center, because no reasonable person would ever say such things to any Patient coming out of coronary bypass surgery, under any circumstances. Nurse Jennings statements were so outrageous and extreme and went so far beyond the bounds of common human decency, that they caused a great deal of emotional harm to the Plaintiff, causing him to suffer from anxiety, depression, sleeping difficulties, nightmares, chronic fatigue, breathing problems, emotional trauma and extreme fearfulness.
    Furthermore, the Plaintiff contends that Lakeview Regional Medical Center was derelict in their duty in failing to provide him with high quality, professional care, in a safe environment free of all forms of abuse and harassment in which to recover from his very invasive coronary bypass surgical procedure.
    The Lakeview Regional Medical Center’s Internal Investigators reported that Nurse Ray Jennings was on the last day of a long stretch of 12-hours work days, and fatigue may have contributed to both his behavior and demeanor. However, the Plaintiff in this Lawsuit contends that Ray Jennings conduct in the Lakeview Regional Medical Center’s ICU was absolutely atrocious and beyond the bounds that can be tolerated by a civilized society, regardless of how tired he may or may not have been, he had a duty to provide the Plaintiff high quality, professional care, in a safe environment free of all forms of abuse and harassment.
    Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities are supposed to be regarded as sanctuaries, safe refuges, places that are supposed to be free of all forms of abuse, void of any kind of attacks on one’s personal dignity, humanity, well-being and self-worth. Obviously, no reasonable and prudent human-being should ever be subjected to such egregious conduct on the part of a highly-educated, well-trained health care provider, under any circumstances.
    The Plaintiff in this Lawsuit was completely helpless and was placed under the authority of an obviously over-worked healthcare provider, who was given complete control and singular authority over him; and it is an absolute miracle that the Plaintiff in this Lawsuit did not go into cardiac arrest, or suffer a panic attack while under the authority of Nurse Ray Jennings.
    Ironically, Nurse Ray Jennings encouraged the Plaintiff’s Wife and Daughter to go home and get some rest and assured them shortly after he was wheeled into the ICU on a gurney that he was in good hands, that he would be well cared for, and that if anything out of the ordinary occurred he would call them immediately; which turned out to be completely false.
    In order for a claim of intentional infliction of emotional distress to go forward, the following must be proven:
    1. Nurse Ray Jennings’ conduct was outrageous or extremely inappropriate.
    2. The Plaintiff in the Lawsuit was harmed by Nurse Ray Jennings intentional and reckless disregard for his personal safety, humanity, well-being and dignity.
    3. The plaintiff was horrified by the actions of Nurse Jennings and suffered emotional distress when he should have been recovering from a very invasive coronary bypass surgical procedure.
    4. The Plaintiff in this Lawsuit contends that the distress that he suffered and endured and hindered his recovery is directly related to the way in which he was treated by Nurse Ray Jennings in the ICU, at the Lakeview Regional Medical Center, on the morning of April the 28th, 2017.
    _______________________________ ________________
    Mark Anthony Traina – Pro Se Litigant Date

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