Johnny Stickyfingers. Patient in Chicago suburbs arrested after breaking into a code cart and attempting to steal an I.V. catheter syringe, tourniquet band, roll of clear medical tape, several electronic monitoring pads, assorted bandages, and 25 thermometer probe covers. What was he going to do with these things?
Montana is the latest state to consider increasing the level of negligence for EMTALA mandated care to “clear and convincing” rather than ordinary negligence. Montana’s trial lawyers object to the bill, stating that it will
make it much harder to pay for their multimillion dollar ranches “provide unmerited protection for those folks who really aren’t doing their job.”
What’s wrong with Obamacare? Authors of the book “ObamaCare Is Wrong for America” say that, among other things, it will “cause a staggering increase in the national deficit, will limit the creation of new jobs by discouraging companies from hiring, and will cripple innovation and research.”
Indiana family awarded $13 million after physician fails to diagnose lung cancer in family member. Doctor still faces more than 350 malpractice suits against him.
New Jersey family awarded $8.5 million in settlement for child born with permanent brain damage allegedly due to delays in performing a Caesarian section.
Chicago area man gets charged with felony and possible five years in prison for threatening to kill judge because the judge’s scolding “made him cry.” Of course, when patients threaten to kill hospital employees, the hospital employees get in trouble for not “empathizing enough” with the patients and the patients get flowers sent to their homes because their low satisfaction scores forced them to threaten the employees. Sounds to me like all those sissy judges need to toughen up a little.
What stresses out surgeons? Phone calls? Fresh air? Patients? All of the above? According to the conclusions of a study in the Archives of Surgery, “surgery was associated with stress on surgeons ….” Longer surgeries and increased patient blood loss made the stress even worse.
The next wave of superbugs hits California. Carbapenem resistant Klebsiella pneumonia. The infection is resistant to most antibiotics and about 40% of infected patients die. But hey – keep popping those Zithromax and Levaquin prescriptions for your coughs and nasal congestion. CRKP is already resistant to those. The only thing that will cure it is colistin which, in one study, caused renal failure in 27% of patients who took it.
Violence against women increases by 10% on days in which an underdog beats the home team in NFL football. The logical response: Have JCAHO ban the NFL as a patient safety violation. Look at all those “never events” we could prevent.
If you build it, will they come? Cayman Islands looking to increase medical tourism by decreasing prices, limiting medical malpractice awards, changing doctor registration laws and changing organ donation laws.