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Its about time. California hospitals fined by California OSHA for failing to protect workers from violence in the emergency department. The hospitals claim that the California Nursing Association is “sensationalizing” the fines in order to “apply pressure at the bargaining table.” Have to admit that some “safety issues” claimed by the nurses are a little lame. Being cited because nurses “feel unsafe” when caring for a gunshot victim?
Step in the right direction. Virginia passes law making it a misdemeanor and requiring jail time for anyone convicted of assaulting emergency medical providers. A minimum of two whole days in jail, though? Whoa. That ought to send a chill through the spines of all those patients gone wild.
Speaking about patients gone wild …. Patient in upstate New York hospital arrested and charged with a misdemeanor after punching emergency department staffer in the face and breaking the staffer’s nose.
74 year old Chicago-area perv charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse after putting sleeping pills into fruit drinks of his home healthcare providers … then sexually assaulting them after they fell asleep.
$1.7 million verdict against physician who fails to diagnose episode of chest pain as being due to a “leaky valve”. The patient died a year later – allegedly from failure to have a replacement valve inserted.
FDA “crackdown” on drug safety – for many drugs that have been on the market for years – now causing drug shortages as manufacturers get tied up in governmental administrative hassles and discontinue drug production. Other pharmaceutical companies stop producing generic drugs because of the low profit margin. Right now, there are 150 drugs in short supply – including 60 medications that are “medically necessary” for treatment of cancer and other serious diseases. I wonder whether we’re beginning to see an unintended consequence of WalMart’s $4 list.
11 year old Arizona girl ends up in emergency department with severe head injuries after the “bounce house” in which she was jumping gets blown over by a strong gust of wind. Well, not just blown over, but actually swept away … they had to rescue the poor kid from a neighbor’s roof.
Arizona Senate panel votes to kill patients … er, um … kill Medicaid … and forgo $7.5 billion in federal funding for the state Medicaid program. Currently, Arizona Medicaid covers about 1.3 million people – roughly 1 in 5 residents in the state. The proposed program would cover only about 100,000 patients and leave the remainder to fend for themselves. One state senator predicted that “by Christmas time, there will not be a rural hospital open in the state of Arizona.” Another state senator stated that “we’re going to see a real influx of demand for uncompensated care in hospitals and our emergency rooms.”
Once again, the difference between “insurance” and “access” will soon become readily apparent to many Arizona residents.
If Arizona goes through with its plans, a lot of cash-strapped states will be closely watching to see how Arizona’s state finances are affected.
Use alcohol sanitizers on your hands, get the trots. One study presented at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Preventive Medicine shows that you’re more than three times as likely to get a norovirus infection when you use alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Use soap and water instead.
Government plans to spend $4.3 billion to move patients out of long term care facilities and into their communities in the “Money Follows the Person” program. Wonder if JCAHO will then start crawling up the caregivers’ collective rectums to “ensure patient safety.”