Also check out the Satellite Edition of this week’s update over at ER Stories.
Florida teen wins a $12.6 million medical malpractice award after being given an expired vaccination and then contracting an infection which developed into sepsis, DIC, and gangrene resulting in amputations of all four limbs.
I’m sure the antivax crowd are having mind cramps over this concept. The vaccines are full of toxic waste and don’t work. The toxic waste is what caused the illness. They should be sued for giving it. Wait. The patient came down with an infection. Infections are good to build the immunity so we don’t need vaccines. That’s what we want. Then why did the teen win all that money? Wait. Maybe expired vaccines cause the infections. That’s it. Yeah. That’s our angle. Hey – will someone get Jenny McCarthy on the phone? Or Dr. Wakefield … does anyone know Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s number?
Speaking about crazy ol’ Florida …man in Naples, FL emergency department waiting room backs a female patient into a wall, gropes her breast, tries to unzip her pants, and then gets a patella to the cha-chas. Hobbles out of the hospital singing tenor and is arrested in the parking lot holding his crotch.
We’re not done yet … New bill requires that any accident victim in Florida must go to the emergency department to be checked out or risk losing personal injury protection benefits from their insurer. Because the emergency departments aren’t crowded enough without having to worry about patients going there because some brainiac legislator creates a law forcing them to do so.
Yet another reason not to live or practice medicine in Florida.
In fact, I just created a new page on my blog: the Top Ten Reasons Not to Practice Medicine in Florida. Permalink to the upper right. Add any reasons that I forgot to the comments section.
GruntDoc commented on this earlier, but I had to mention it now since it was just released as one of the top 10 articles on Medscape. The FDA has given approval to a device called an “Infrascanner” to detect intracranial bleeding. The device can detect “nearly 75%” of hematomas detected by CT scan. Hematomas don’t include deeper bleeding, so I’m assuming that these results don’t include subarachnoid hemorrhages or intraparenchymal bleeds. The device also excludes hematomas 82% of the time, meaning that the unfortunate 18% of patients are going to get a burr hole drilled in their head for bleeding that the Infrascanner says is present when it is really not. Or they’ll just get a CT scan which makes the whole Infrascanner thing a waste of time and money.
However, I am developing a similar device for predicting intracranial hematomas which I will soon seek approval from the FDA. A prototype is pictured at the right.
Greek financial crisis having effect on patient health care. Pharmacists plead manufacturers to ship aspirin. Manufacturers say “show me the money” first.
New strain of bird flu infects twelve people around country – most of whom have been in direct contact with animals. No word yet on the transmissibility of the H3N2 strain (how easily it spreads from person to person) but it was not included in this year’s vaccine, so if the transmissibility is high it is likely to spread quickly.
OK, OK, the previous article was swine flu, not bird flu. I just wanted to get onto Homeland Security’s “watch list.” Big Brother’s Department of Homeland Security is now monitoring and retaining information on a slew of social media sites including Drudge, HuffPo, and other “blogs that cover bird flu; several blogs related to news and activity along U.S. borders.”
Facebook, MySpace, Hulu, Youtube and Flickr also make the list, as do other “publicly available online forums, blogs, public websites and message boards.”
As Glenn Reynolds says on Instapundit, “How’s that Hopey Changey thing woking for ya?”
P.S. Bird flu, bird flu, bird flu, bird flu.
One third of medical costs … in Florida … attributable to defensive medicine costs. 88% of Florida physicians practiced some form of “defensive medicine” in the past 12 months to protect themselves from lawsuits. The other 12% are either teaching or lying.
Defense of frivolous lawsuits is costing the healthcare system a lot of money. It cost an average of $47,000 to defend a malpractice claim in 2010. Almost two thirds of claims against physicians were dropped, withdrawn, or dismissed without payment and cost an average of almost $27,000 to defend – totaling more than one-third of all defense costs for the year.
In addition, physicians are having to pay for larger malpractice policies. The number of policies with limits more than $1 million increased from 28 percent in 2001 to 41 percent in 2010.
If you want to review the actual reports, they are at this link. You have to be a AMA member to access them, though.
Rich doctors? A lot of them are going broke … and leaving practice … and leaving patients with fewer options for medical care.
And I keep going back to that discussion I had with with one of my clinical professors long ago. Boy am I glad that I’m a doctor.
Man … from Florida … runs out of emergency department … naked … and runs into a retirement resort. There he armed himself with knives and waited until he got a smackdown from a security guard.
Patients gone wild. New Jersey tough guy punches emergency department physician in face, breaking his nose. Now awaiting sentencing which may be as long as 18 months in state prison.
Patients gone wild … International Edition. English chap was so drunk he couldn’t stand, but had enough energy to spit at staff and urinate in a consultation area. Tries the same routine with police and is hauled away in a paddy wagon.
“Culture of tolerance” perpetuates violence against health care workers. Sixty six percent of nurses didn’t report physical abuse and 86% of nurses didn’t report verbal abuse. “If a police officer is assaulted, it’s a crime. To a nurse, it’s just part of the job. Don’t get in that mindset. Workplace violence goes up when a culture of tolerance is promoted.” Couldn’t have said it better myself.
That hospital needs an enema. Health Sciences North Hospital in Sudbury, Ontario has 100 patients waiting in limbo for nursing home placement. As a result, elective surgeries are being canceled, the emergency department is packed with 35 patients waiting for beds on the medical floor, and wait times are going up.
But the care is free.