Now it’s the machinery itself, eh?

The health secretary has begun a review into racial bias in medical equipment amid fears that thousands of ethnic-minority patients died of Covid-19 who should have survived.

20 thoughts on “Now it’s the machinery itself, eh?”

  1. Ummm… Yeah…. If they mean those oxymeters they shove up your finger..
    They measure on the inside of the hand.. Y’know.. that part that is famously least-affected by melanin..

    Even if the melanin interferes the things would be prone to sound the alarm sooner, rather than later. Less return signal, y’see…

    But hey.. Javi-boi can play his race card again… Good on ‘im. Now where’s that old piano?

  2. “…fears that thousands of ethnic-minority patients died of Covid-19 who should have survived.”

    The phrase “ethnic-minority” seems redundant.

  3. Oh, definitely. And not just medicine. It’s obvious the problem you’re having with your ethernet adaptor is because it knows you’re a straight white male.

  4. This has been known since the 70s. Back then HP made an oximeter that was designed to be calibrated for each patient by taking a blood sample once to get the correction factor for oxygenation and then would be accurate to fractions of a percent. However, as LEDs came along the current uncalibrated devices with red and IR LEDs became a lot cheaper.

  5. Perhaps he should enquire into the racial bias of the British climate.

    I understand it can cause rickets in those with too much melanin.

  6. The phrase “ethnic-minority” seems redundant.

    Indeed.
    My No1 wife trained as a nurse at one of London’s leading hospitals back in the late 1950s. She recounted how, if an old dear was having trouble “letting go” the nurses would remove his or her pillows and lay them flat.

    In 1994 in Cambodia I had a problem with a pulmonary oedema, hence trouble with breathing. The treatment was to plug me in to some intravenuous magic and sit me up in bed and as the oedema reduced, gradually lower me into a supine position.

    All of the pictures I have seen of WuFlu the patients have been lying flat. To me this suggests that the medical fraternity has forgotten or is ignoring some basic principles of the treatment of respiratory illnesses with a concomitant high death count.

  7. The NHS has been notably reluctant to dole out vitD3 to the elderly and dark skinned despite the benefits to the immune system being demonstrated in the 2000s and again early in the pandemic, almost as if NICE is only swayed bytherapies involving BigPharma.

  8. Ethnic minority patients tend to be fatter, more Bit D deficient, less likely to be vaccinated and more likely to gather in large, close-proximity groups. But yeah, racist equipment.

  9. We need a Royal Commission into the NHS. What it revealed would dampen the religious enthusiasm for it.

    A Royal Commission wouldn’t reveal anything apart from how wonderful the NHS, how the staff are all “angels” and how much more we should all be paying them and it.

    It will be staffed by all the usual zealots after all.

  10. Bloke in North Korea (Germany province)

    “Even if the melanin interferes the things would be prone to sound the alarm sooner, rather than later. Less return signal, y’see… ”

    This is the problem Grikath. If a patient’s alarm is going off all the time the staff ignore it.

    “sit me up in bed and as the oedema reduced, gradually lower me into a supine position. … All of the pictures I have seen of WuFlu the patients have been lying flat.”
    With pleural effusion breathing is more comfortable and more effective when you are upright. Nondiseased lungs work adequately in any position. 99.9% of the pictures you see are likely stock off Adobe or Shutterstock and have nothing to do with coronavirus.

    “The NHS has been notably reluctant to dole out vitD3”

    You can buy it OTC. Why do people want to hand over all their healthcare decisions to an only partly functional institution?

  11. “The NHS has been notably reluctant to dole out vitD3”

    Is it the case that docs are not allowed to recommend supplements? It certainly seems they are very reluctant but maybe that’s because they don’t get paid for vitamin D like they do for, say, statins.

    When I mentioned to my GP that I took magnesium supplements he grudgingly stated that Mg is ‘good’, but that’s the best I’ve got out of him. (Though he has given up trying to get me to take bloody statins at last.)

  12. Except… most medical devices originate in the USA, where there are tons of medical device companies big and small. There are also 320+ million people of whom 48 million are Black, about 30 million are Hispanic or Asian. There are then all those deeply tanned Californians and Floridians and these pesky redskins too.

    Medical devices have to be FDA approved and part of that requires proof of efficacy and gain in efficacy over existing products on the market – this is not a requirement in Europe.

    It is highly unlikely US medical devices are not clinically tried and used over a range of people of various racial groups just by virtue of the make up of the hospital,population, and given the aggressive medico-legal climate in the US plus race hysteria, medical equipment that only worked properly on White people would not go unnoticed for long.

    These Blood O2 measuring devices have been in use for at least three decades, had there been problems with skin types it is impossible it would have gone unnoticed and only discovered during the CoVid Scamdemic. But we live in a time of there being only one disease in the World.

    More likely explanation is staff not using the equipment properly due to them being rushed off their feet in half-empty hospitals.

  13. BiNK: I have asked my compatriots who have continued to labour within the NHS whether they are personally taking vit D3. I gather it is regarded as snake oil despite the good data. Remember NICE makes all the decisions and the nanny state discourages personal responsibility and independent thought. Conservative woman has a rather good piece
    https://www.conservativewoman.co.uk/why-have-we-doctors-been-silent/
    Among other points, doctors tend to be drawn from the ranks of the obedient.

  14. I doubt I’m deficient in Vitamin D – my skin is very fair (thanks, mum!), and I’m outside a lot – but I take D3 supplements anyway, because they cost pennies and why not?

  15. The BBC is consitantly reporting it as “devices cannot measure blood oxygen in ethnic minorities”.

    Racist racist machines! Mind-reading machines! How does a machine know the patient is Polish? When did that breakthrough come around?

  16. Bloke in North Dorset

    “ I doubt I’m deficient in Vitamin D – my skin is very fair (thanks, mum!), and I’m outside a lot – but I take D3 supplements anyway, because they cost pennies and why not?”

    Very wise. A few years ago I was having a series of blood tests and my GP added Vit D almost as an afterthought as he was ticking the various boxes on the test form.

    It turned out my levels were alarmingly low and he put me on an urgent high dosage course for a month and I now have a prescription for max recommended daily dose. That’s despite spending a lot of time outside playing golf, hiking, sailing etc.

    When Covid started and the issue of Vit D got raised Mrs BiND started taking it, why not it costs next to nothing and is at worst harmless with no benefits but the upside can be quite beneficial.

  17. News today:

    Midwives claim non-whites are stupid and require more time to deliver and more time spent teaching them how to feed baby

    Well, OK, they didn’t say ‘stupid’, but that’s the implication

    …and Javid launches investigation into racist NHS

    @Grikath
    +1

    @Ljh
    More than reluctant, Hancock banned doctors from prescribing D3 to care home residents and more; even those already receiving

    @Ljh, November 21, 2021 at 2:31 pm
    +1 on TCW article

    @BiNd
    +1 and that is the most despicable aspect of Gov’t and Covid: they’ve discouraged or banned any low cost prophylactic, killing millions, to ensure ‘vaccines’ can have EUAs

  18. @Kevin B:

    Is it the case that docs are not allowed to recommend supplements?

    Not so. A specialist recommended Vit D for my son last week.

  19. @BiP
    NHS Wales is not NHS England

    NHS Scotland posted Vit D to ‘vulnerable’ while Hancock had banned prescribing it in England

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