Woman awarded $22 million at trial after suing hospital when she was rendered a quadriplegic after “unnecessary” procedure was performed to evaluate her migraine headaches.
Number of head CT scans ordered by emergency physicians varies up to two fold between physicians.
Interesting how this article is published shortly before the implementation of Medicare’s plans to refuse payment for head CT scans which are retrospectively deemed to be normal.
I’d like to see comparisons between head CT use and lawsuits. I’d also like to see comparisons between head CT use and patient satisfaction scores.
“Roughly four school busloads of children are seen in emergency rooms for medication-related treatment every day in the U.S.”
Kids getting sick from their parents’ medication? We have to do something about that. Obviously the proper Joint Commission response would be to ban medications … or parents.
#ILikeObamacare … “Because I’m too poor to pay for insurance – Sent from my iPad 3”
Conservatives hijack the Twitter hashtag that the President’s campaign created to tout the health care law. Multiple sarcastic tweets ensue.
Hat Tip to Instapundit.
A government mandate to purchase health insurance. If we cross this line and begin sliding down the slippery slope, what WON’T the government be able to mandate that we purchase? Thanks to Denise for the link.
University of Illinois settles lawsuit for $6 million after patient dies from splenectomy complications when surgeon is performing first surgery using robotic equipment.
Senate passes HR 5 to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board. Also attached to the bill are several other more controversial provisions such as “to extend liability coverage to on-call and emergency room physicians; grant limited civil liability protection to health professionals that volunteer at federally declared disaster sites; and restore the application of antitrust laws to the business of health insurance.” President Obama’s advisors have already threatened that the President will veto the bill if it passes the House.
That’s a lot of malpractice suits. Medical malpractice lawsuits against VA hospitals climb 33% in 5 years. The largest single payout was $275,000. Several claims had to do with improper sterilization of reusable medical equipment. But you won’t see those types of statistics on the “Hospital Compare” web site. The feds are OK pointing fingers at everyone else, but they don’t want anyone looking at the quality of the care that they provide. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.
Fourteen year old girl dies from heart attack – allegedly from drinking two Monster energy drinks within 24 hours. Horrible tragedy, but I’m not so sure I buy the link between the energy drinks and this young girl’s death.
Another article reporting on the incident notes that emergency department visits from caffeine-related issues have risen more than tenfold since 2005.