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Healthcare Update — 06-11-2012

Good news is that you and your children are less likely to die in a fire. Bad news is that you and your children may be more likely to gain weight, become anxious, experience premature puberty, and have abnormal reproductive cycles. To blame: the flame retardant chemical named Firemaster 550.

Jury awards family $6.4 million when patient experience chest and shoulder pain diagnosed with pneumonia in ED, doctors do not order cardiac markers and lipid panel, then patient suffers cardiac arrest three months later.

Some Canadian patients find that when lifesaving treatment is needed within minutes, approval to transfer patients to get that treatment is only hours away. One eight year old patient is alive today because a smart Canadian emergency physician didn’t wait for the red tape before transferring her to Detroit for bleeding in her brain.

$2.57 million federal grant to University of Buffalo expected to save $5 million by reducing emergency department visits. Thirteen new health workers will visit area “frequent flyers” and make sure that all of their needs are addressed. Which creates a perverse incentive for other patients on Medicare and Medicaid: Want free specialized care delivered right to your door? Just go to the emergency department a lot.

Another study is published showing the increased risks of cancer when performing head CT scans in children

Some people call them “donorcycles” for a reason. When helmet laws are repealed, motorcycle fatalities increase – and so do the costs of caring for brain-injured patients.

Holy Spirit Hospital in Pennsylvania cited by state health department for failing to adequately monitor a potentially suicidal patient who came to the emergency department. Patient threatened to jump out of a window at home, but was calm and cooperative in the emergency department. Patient later snuck out of the ED when no one was watching and jumped in front of a speeding car, killing herself.

4 Responses to “Healthcare Update — 06-11-2012”

  1. EM-PGY3 says:

    The 6.4 million dollar verdict? Against Robert T. McNamara, Professor and Chairperson, Department of Emergency Medicine at Temple.
    And when did lipid panels become standard of care for ACS workups in the ED? I know I’m fairly new to the game, but I have yet to order a lipid panel in the ED. Ridiculous.

  2. UB grad says:

    Pet peeve of mine: University AT Buffalo. There is no University OF Buffalo.

  3. [...] New federal pilot project in Buffalo will provide concierge-style home care to emergency-department frequent fliers. Spot the unintended consequence [White Coat]. [...]

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