We wipe our buttocks on your hospital food? Study of 100 food samples from a university hospital in Houston showed that one quarter of them were contaminated with Clostridium difficile – the organism that causes severe diarrhea and colitis in infected individuals and that causes 14,000 deaths per year.
Safest bets (at least for this hospital) included beef and pork which tested positive only 13% of the time and grains which had no positive tests. Skip dessert, though. 60% of dessert samples were C. diff positive.
Who are the most influential physicians on Twitter? Here’s a ranking site and a list of 10 physicians to follow. Unfortunately, I’m not on either list. Must not twit enough. Seems as if the ones that are on the list are also the ones who tweet almost every day. They also seem to follow a lot of others. I only follow about 25 people and I can’t keep up with all of their tweets. How in the heck does someone follow 5000 people?
Who’s more to blame? Is it the paramedics who keep leaving the keys in the ignition of the ambulance or the Georgia woman who has stolen the same ambulance more than once?
Acute “incarceritis” turns into a bigger problem. California man arrested for drug possession complains of a “medical problem”. Gets taken to an emergency department for evaluation. Handcuffed to the stretcher and one of his arms is freed so that he can sign admission papers. Then grabs deputy’s gun. Shortly thereafter dies of one gunshot wound to the head.
Add this to my “[shudder] list.” When doctors look into a patient’s ear to see what is causing her ear to itch, what do they see smiling back a them?
German pediatricians warn mothers of newborns not to procure breast milk from over the internet … since you can’t trust the source of the milk. Doesn’t that apply to anything you purchase?
A comparison of health care systems under President Obama versus President Romney. Who comes out the winner?
Woman dies from overwhelming bacterial infection – possibly caused by being kissed by her dog.
Money that President Obama earmarked for research into “traditional” medical malpractice reforms has been “aimed at proving the obvious” – namely that as adverse events decline, so do the number of medical malpractice lawsuits. Oh well, at least only $23 million was wasted this time.
What hurts more — being stung by a scorpion or being stung by the $83,000 hospital bill for the treatment? Hospital charges $40,000 per dose of scorpion antivenom that can be purchased for $100 per dose in Mexican pharmacies.
Sliding further down the slippery slope of criminalizing medicine. Iowa pain clinic doctor charged with criminal acts for prescribing pain medications to patients who later died from overdoses. Iowa medical board alleges that he didn’t take enough precautions to make sure that the patients weren’t abusing the drugs.
Stock up on those pain pills now, folks. As prosecutors get more brazen with filing criminal charges, fewer and fewer doctors are going to want to take the chance of going to jail or losing their medical licence for helping patients in pain.
I’m sure that this policy will have a positive effect on the number of people willing to practice medicine in the Philippines. Any physician who practices in a field of medical specialization which is not within the scope of his or her specialization may face life imprisonment. Doctors may also be imprisoned for life if an “unqualified individual” whom the doctor is assisting causes a patient’s death.
Sad story from Nova Scotia. 23 year old woman has central line placed at hospital, but the needle was reportedly placed too deeply in the neck. Vertebral artery was punctured twice and “ruptured,” causing her to have a stroke and to develop “locked in syndrome.” Fifteen years later, lawsuit was settled.
Will 4 out of 5 doctors be replaced by robots as this Wired article suggests? Doubt it. Then again, I bet at least some of it will come down to free market principles. Want to see RoboDoc as part of your included benefits, want to see a physician extender in the office for X deductible payment or want to see physician in the office for Y deductible payment?