The 8th Bullet: Handcuffed to the Bed

Jacob Blake’s restraint might be the 8th bullet that kills him

Lisa Olsen

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Photo by Bill Oxford on Unsplash

Jacob Blake should never have been shot.

Period.

But unlike so many other victims, he lived. He made it to a hospital, and though he is paralyzed, his kids haven’t lost their dad.

Yet.

But we learned today that the police department weren’t done yet. They chained a man who cannot walk, who might never walk again, to his hospital bed.

By doing so, they might have just put the final bullet in his back.

Did you know that 7–8% of deaths in spinal cord injuries are related to a pressure sore?

If these patients can be stabilized from their initial injuries to their spinal cord, they aren’t out of the woods yet.

Our bodies are not designed to stay in one place for a prolonged period of time, and if we have feeling in our lower half, we naturally readjust often so that we don’t get too uncomfortable.

We are spoiled by the luxury of having our nervous system warn us before we get to a pressure sore situation.

But if you don’t have feeling in a portion of your body, you won’t know that you need to move, change positions, or shift around.

So, you stay in one spot, and you can develop a pressure sore, which has a high risk of infection, and in almost ten percent of spinal cord injuries, this injury becomes the cause of death.

Luckily, there is a great way to reduce and prevent the incidence of pressure sores.

Pressure sores can be avoided by patient repositioning.

It isn’t complicated.

As long as the patient can be repositioned, either by a nurse or with assistance in bed… pressure sores and their chance of infection can be prevented.

You know what could prevent shifting positions?

Being handcuffed to your hospital bed.

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Lisa Olsen

I am a teacher, with two kids, recently diagnosed with Lupus, and possibly other auto-immune conditions, living life to the fullest, while managing symptoms.