See more medical news from around the web over at the Satellite Edition of this week’s Update at ER Stories.
The story of “Dr. Douchebag” and why morale is declining in many of this country’s emergency departments. Even if you say “thank you, sir” for the abuse, your job may still be threatened because of bad Press Ganey scores.
More than 80% of medical mistakes go unreported by hospitals. Let’s just get this out of the way: Doctors kill every single patient that they treat and plaintiff attorneys should be paid even more money to sue our way to better health care. That should do it.
Indiana woman awarded $1.5 million after surgeon did not operate on abdomen soon enough. Two days after initial presentation, she required emergency surgery for ischemic bowel requiring that a large portion of her intestines be removed.
Sorry, Grandma, I know that your bone cancer is causing you excruciating pain, but you can’t have any more pain medication. As Florida cracks down on doctors who treat chronic pain patients, the patients are having more difficulty getting their medications. Where do the patients end up? In the emergency departments.
When pill abusing patients go to the emergency department and don’t get their medications, some become abusive and violent.
Now some Florida hospitals are implementing a “chronic pain management plan” which requires doctors to “help educate patients about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs and addiction.” Got that, Granny? You have bone cancer and you have six months to live, but abusing oxycontin is dangerous and can kill you.
As part of the “plan,” emergency physicians then will “refer the patient to a primary care physician” – who has already been “cracked down upon” and who won’t prescribe the pain medications, either.
End result? In an attempt to curb abuse by criminalizing the prescription of pain medications, Florida is now affecting the ability of patients who are legitimately in pain to receive necessary treatment. Cancer pain patients in Florida now more likely to get bounced around the system and die in pain.
And people blame the physicians instead of the legislators.
Why let a little thing like a gangrenous appendix get between you and your wedding? Ceremony held in hospital. Both bride and groom wear “gowns.”
New York jury awards 18 year old patient $3 million for delay in c-section at birth that allegedly caused patient’s cerebral palsy.
Patients gone wild in Pennsylvania. Woman gives medical staff hard time in ED, pulls out IV, threatens to infect everyone around her with HIV, kicks a security guard in the cha-chas when trying to escape, then is wheeled out of the hospital by police kicking and screaming in a wheelchair. Initially charged with three felonies, but those charges were dropped by persecutors er, um prosecutors. Of course, if the security guard was an off duty police officer, the patient would be doing 20 to life in Leavenworth.
Patients gone wild then … police gone wild? Patient becomes combative in emergency department. Police called, then allegedly “strike the patient, place him in a headlock, pull and twist his head and forced handcuffs on him with force and violence.” Another officer allegedly “pushed the handcuffed man over a metal chair arm with the force of his weight pressing upon him.” The officers could face jail time and fines if found guilty.
Patients gone wild — Twilight Edition. Toledo woman allegedly tries to steal baby from hospital. When ED nurse approaches her, the woman turns around and bites her. Then she hisses, turns into a bat, and flies away.
The Medical Marijuana Advocates create even more safety policies. Now they’re recommending that health care organizations assess “fatigue risks” and develop a “fatigue management plan” which includes “strategic caffeine consumption.”
My kid kept me up last night. I’m a little fatigued. I want to come to work and sleep, then when I wake up, I want free double mocha lattes. OK, nanny?
The problem is that “fatigue” is determined in a retrospective manner and the Marijuana Advocates don’t tell anyone how to determine fatigue prospectively. Make people afraid of it and tell people who’s to blame for it. That’s how you win elections.
Of course, it didn’t take the plaintiff’s attorneys much time to jump on how providing services while “fatigued” is negligent and will kill people.
While many patients can’t afford health care at all, some hospitals cater to the ultra-rich, charging them between $450 and $4,500 per day in order to have a butler, swank hospital rooms, and an exclusive menu. Meanwhile, other patients wait in the emergency department for days before a hospital bed opens up. Oh, and medical residents aren’t allowed on the units, either — only attending physicians.
Kevin Pho from Kevin, MD wrote an article in USA Today providing some suggestions on how to reduce malpractice lawsuits. Some people commenting on the article demanded that physicians’ hours be cut back so that they aren’t overworked while trying to pay for their “expensive houses, cars, and boats” (see comments section).
I say “be careful what you wish for.”
In other countries, people are demanding that physicians work more hours because patients can’t get the care they need when the doctors work banker’s hours.