Scranton attorney “scores” $10 million medical malpractice verdict after client with spinal cord compression is misdiagnosed as having Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Man gets brought to emergency department after going to bathroom in WalMart and being unable to get up from toilet. Seems that someone lathered the toilet seat up with glue the night before. They had to remove the seat from the toilet in order to transport the patient to the hospital. Cute … until the prankster gets caught. Police are ready to charge him/her with second degree assault.
Maine medical providers supposedly “flabbergasted that undercover police have been able to purchase a variety of prescription drugs — including Percocet, Vicodin, Ritalin, methadone, and suboxone — on the streets” and that the drugs “are easier to obtain than illicit drugs and they are paid for by the state.” Police chief states that availability is due to overprescription of the medications. Doctors say “but look at my Press Ganey scores!”
New Mexico man brings woman to hospital and asks hospital staff to come outside to help his sick friend. She really was sick – she had been dead for more than a day and was starting to decompose.
Use of CT scans on children in emergency department visits “skyrockets” – especially for complaints such as head injuries, abdominal pain and headaches. One reason for the increase: Fear of lawsuits. “If you send a kid home [without a CT scan] and it turns out you missed an abnormality, not many juries are going to be sympathetic,” says the lead author of the study. Does suing our way to better healthcare still count if doctors pick up one needle in the haystack diagnosis but cause cancer in a handful of kids by significantly increasing the number of scans being performed?
Bad news is that you’ll wet yourself. Good news is that Depends is coming out with designer adult diapers for the club scene. Study shows that chronic users of the club drug ketamine – also known as “Special K” more likely to end up incontinent of urine. Gotta love Google AdWords. Cracks me up that a Depends ad pops up next to the news story. How many people on the Hong Kong club scene are going to click on that ad?
Naked man running through neighborhood “ringing doorbells” brought to the emergency department for evaluation after head-butting a deputy in the jaw when the deputy was trying to arrest him.
In other news, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Police Organizations (JAC-A-PO) cited the deputy for failure to wear a padded helmet that would have prevented the injury to the patient’s head during the head butt. The Florida State Police must now come up with an action plan on how to prevent such injuries in the future or risk being decredentialed as law enforcement officials. Oh, wait. Sorry. Only medical institutions are subject to inane rules like this.
How’s that insurance for all thingie working for ya? President Obama’s new health care law doesn’t necessarily allow Americans to keep their existing health care coverage. The National Association of Health Underwriters has now confirmed what I stated would happen a long time ago. Seventy percent of brokers have seen employers decrease health care coverage for their employees and more than half of brokers have seen their clients completely drop employee health care coverage — to cut costs. In addition, 40% of brokers have seen employers eliminate jobs and 57% have seen employers reduce hiring due to health care reform. Some insurance companies are pulling out of the health insurance business and others are prepared to pull out of certain markets.
So when employers lay off workers or stop offering coverage and when fewer insurance companies offer policies, the number of people really able to keep their existing health care coverage becomes less and less. Nice smoke and mirrors. At the same time, the number of people who will get thrown into that Ponzi scheme of a Medicaid program grows larger and larger.
Remember the Minnesota “patients gone wild” psychiatric patient who assaulted an emergency physician, knocking the physician unconscious and breaking the physician’s ribs? Now the patient’s family is speaking out about their version of the story. They’re upset that the patient’s name was published in the paper and that he is being treated like a criminal. They also stated that patients shouldn’t be stuck in a room “and wait and wait and wait” and that the emergency physician should have just sedated the patient before the violence occurred. Unfortunately, the family’s response just shows how treatment protocols (see JCAHO policies about sedating patients) and “insurance” problems (more and more psychiatric facilities closing or scaling back beds due to poor reimbursement) imposed by government agencies sometimes get in the way of necessary medical care. Regardless of the reason for an outburst, being upset due to a wait doesn’t justify violence. Would the family be as accepting if the physician got upset at the mother, knocked her unconscious, and broke her ribs?
Either we’re real smart because we’re such technogeeks or we’re real dumb because we have to keep looking up so much information. At 40% adoption rate, emergency physicians are the highest users of mobile technology of any medical specialty.