Even Saturday Night Live is getting into the health care reform debate.
“The president wants to pass a health care bill so bad that he will literally sign anything. You can water it down however you like–as long as it’s a stack of paper with the words ‘health care’ on it he’ll sign it … we’ll [even] agree to a provision that makes it illegal to ever sue a doctor.”
A surgeon pays out $6 million because a post operative patient died from a blood clot to the lungs. The surgeon allegedly ignored risk factors for blood clotting, like the patient “being somewhat obese, taking birth control pills, [having] a personal history of asthma and hypertension and a family history of heart disease and stroke.”
We don’t know the facts of the case, but only one of the six factors listed above is a risk factor for blood clots.
The post-operative period is also a risk factor for blood clots. Measures to prevent DVTs are fairly standard and if those measures weren’t followed, then the doctor or hospital should be liable. But the description of this case is one of the reasons that defensive medicine exists. After a bad outcome occurs, lawyers with retrospectoscopes make up medical pseudodata to support their damage claims and give untrue statements like the one about the “risk factors” to a jury.
A child’s family gets an $11.1 million verdict because doctors and hospital didn’t properly check child for dehydration. The child had vomiting for several days, went to the ED, was there for more than 4 hours, and was discharged. The next morning, the child could “barely breathe.” Again, all of the facts aren’t there, but how does failure to check for dehydration in an infant well enough to be discharged lead to difficulty breathing the following day? Something doesn’t make sense.
A sign of the times. Hospital posting emergency department wait times on Twitter. But if you have chest pains or shortness of breath, don’t go on Twitter, you “should be calling.” And if you have insurance, just come right in.
Defense attorney states that homeowners could be held liable for influenza transmission during a cocktail party or during a child’s play date if they don’t warn guests about the possibility for illness. Then he cites a $40 million case where a school principal’s family is suing because the school didn’t provide a safe working environment for the principal and he got some viral illness.
Looks like at my Christmas parties this year, the greeting at the door will be “Let me get your coat. The disclaimers for you to sign before you enter the premises are on the table by the door. Please initial every paragraph. You can purchase individual face masks for 50 cents or 3 for a dollar. And don’t drink the antibacterial hand rinse.”
US Senator Lindsey Graham sponsored a “loser pays” bill for incorporation into health care reform. If only we could incorporate “loser pays” into tort reform.
We’re forced to pay so much attention to all the checkboxes and handwashing and smoking cessation advice so that we can brag about how our hospital has met all the quality measures created by some faceless organizations. In the process, we forget about paying attention to one thing: the human beings who are our patients. This article in the NY Times is spot on.
A woman uses a phony name to get IV narcotics, then ripped out her IV and left. q34q4 ce w
Ooops. Sorry about that. I passed out and my face hit the keyboard after typing that. I can’t imagine such a thing happening in real life.
After police busted her, papers found in her purse revealed she was visiting various medical facilities to swindle them out of drugs. t b787878787878787878787878
Ooops. Passed out again.
She was charged with a felony for her actions. We need more prosecution of fraudsters like this.
Patients with pain want to know why so many health care providers take chronic pain complaints with a grain of salt? Thank people like Kathleen M. Staples of St. Paul, Minnesota.
College student is stuck by hypodermic needle while getting change out of a vending machine on college campus. In other news, as a result of this incident, JCAHO has ordered the removal of all vending machines from hospitals as a patient safety measure so that incidents like this do not happen again.
One third of Americans die in hospitals. Woo hoo! There’s a news flash for you. Where else do you expect sick patients to go for treatment … the bowling alley? The average cost of a patient stay that ended in a patient’s death was more than $26,000, compared with $9,447 for patients discharged alive. Now if we could only stop admitting patients to the hospitals right before they die, we’d save $20 billion per year.
In other news, half of all people purchase groceries in grocery stores and one third of all intoxicated people are in bars.
I broke this week’s Healthcare Update into two parts. To read the other half, head on over to ERP’s place at ER Stories.