More news stories from around the web at this week’s Satellite Edition over at ER Stories.net.
Cell phones will really kill ya. If they don’t cause brain cancer from the radiation, those used in the hospitals are twice as likely to be full of deadly bacteria.
$7 million verdict against surgeons when patient develops sepsis and dies from bowel injury after hysterectomy.
More patients gone wild. Texas patient shouts obscenities at medical staff then kicks physician in stomach. Then he is wheeled out of emergency department on stretcher and thrown in police car.
Lawn mowers are not kiddie rides. Just ask this 4 year old victim.
Insurers pay some hospitals in Massachusetts half of what they pay other hospitals for performing the same procedures. Aaaand … Massachusetts insurance premiums increased 5% to 10% per year while patients received less services, paid higher copayments and paid higher deductibles.
I’m pro-vaccination, but if you got your flu shot last year, you may not need another one this year – it’s the same vaccine. Despite this, manufacturers plan to create record numbers of vaccination doses this year.
Does your child have asthma that is difficult to treat? It could be a food allergy instead. Food allergies found in 4% of general population but in 28% of kids with poorly-controlled asthma.
Great idea. Insurance companies are currently statutorily exempt from government antitrust rules, meaning that they can legally “collude to drive up prices, limit competition, conspire to underpay doctors and hospitals, and price gouge consumers.” Rep. Peter DeFazio from Oregon aims to change that. He has introduced a bill to strip insurance companies of their antitrust exemptions.
Medicare reimbursements per enrollee actually increased after tort reform in Texas. Therefore, tort reform is the antithesis of cost control. Right?
Johns Hopkins researchers show that 71% of kids with mental health problems who visit the emergency department already have a mental health provider. So what? Most patients I see in the emergency department already have a primary care physician as well. In fact, many times the patients are actually sent to the emergency department by their primary care physician.
The researchers noted that most of the patients are African American (80%) and are on Medicaid (82%) and that most visits were for “relatively minor problems such as disruptive behavior at school, fighting with siblings or running away.” The study also showed that 11% of kids who visited the emergency department for mental health problems (338 of 2903 patients) were back in the emergency department within 6 months. The researchers concluded from their study that there were “questions about the views of families and providers about the need for emergency services.“
If they had those questions, then why didn’t they interview the families and providers about their views during the study?