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Healthcare Update — 09-02-2012

Deadly amoeba found in home drinking water. Initially, two patients who died from Naegleria fowleri meningoencephalitis were thought to have contracted the disease from using Neti pots. Now investigations show that the amoeba was found in the patients’ home plumbing systems.
JCAHO soon will require only bottled JCAHO-approved spring water in all hospital plumbing systems. For patient safety, of course.

Pediatric emergency department injuries go up in the back-to-school months. More broken bones and head injuries from falling off playground equipment allegedly to blame … although those injuries shouldn’t just occur when school begins.

This guy just gets it … insurance and health care aren’t synonymous. Who needs Medicaid?

Former Utah emergency department tech “headed” to trial after being caught performing oral sex on an unconscious male patient. Faces between 5 years and life in prison. Don’t write me nasty comments, either — it was in the title of the article.

A couple of links from Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit.com
Rosacea similar to scabies? One researcher believes that the rash in rosacea is caused by mite feces. The culprit: Demodex – the same genus of mite that causes certain types of mange in dogs.
Stanford creates a “cooling glove” that improves athletic performance more than anabolic steroids. Cooler temperatures reduce or even eliminate muscle fatigue. In one experiment, a volunteer was able to increase the number of pull ups he could do in one session from 180 to 620 over a period of just several months. How long before ice cubes are banned from the Olympics?

Get the man a fiddle. Patient picked up by police for standing on the roof of a home and yelling was brought to the emergency department for a psych evaluation. A short time later, he disappears. Where do they find him? On the roof of the hospital.

Maine residents lament another emergency department closure.

Scary story about the scarcity of medical care in Syria. Doctors Without Borders established a secret emergency ROOM and operating ROOM to care for patients injured by shells or tank fire. The injuries patients come in with are described as “horrific” but the Syrian regime has declared these medical treatment centers “illegal.”

Amusing story about a mom who needs to go to the emergency department for a cut to her hand.

A reader questioned whether doctors know what it would be like to be without insurance and without money when experiencing a medical problem. A poignant article by a Chicago doctor describes what it is like to provide medical care in a poor neighborhood.

I thought this was a little harsh for a punishment, too. Doctor Sentenced to Death for Ordering Unnecessary Scan.

“Catch me if you can” kid goes to trial. Teen allegedly impersonated physician assistant in the emergency department and provided medical care to many patients.
Later found guilty and faces up to 25 years in prison when sentenced in November.

Another con artist practices medicine on unsuspecting patients.

When the government cracks down on hospitals for “unnecessary” hospital admissions, hospitals don’t admit as many patients. Then, patients requiring a hospital stay are put into “observation” units which don’t count as a hospital admission. However, “observation” patients are often shocked to find that they have to pay some of their costs for care.

3 Responses to “Healthcare Update — 09-02-2012”

  1. Thanks, guys, for the shout-out about rushing to the ER to stitch up an artery I sliced open (in the kitchen) on my hand. It was the fastest way I know how to teach your 14-year-old how to drive.

    • Jason says:

      Hi Stacy,

      It’s the EM doc in me, but “arterial vein”? I am trying to think of a simile, but nothing works. It’s just that artery and vein are mutually exclusive. I am guessing, though, that it was a vein, because, if it was an artery, I don’t think your average “doc in the box” place would even try to fix it (and, if they did – well, you don’t know what you don’t know). Oh, and, someone asked how many stitches. How many?

  2. Allison says:

    I don’t get the shock about Naegleria fowleri being in tap water. It’s not like you can get it by drinking the water; the two people DID contract the disease by using Neti pots…with tap water. Just don’t shoot it up into your sinuses and you’ll be fine! What’s the big deal?

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