In the “that’s why they call it dope” department: Man high on PCP undresses at intersection, runs street naked, randomly pounding on hoods of cars. Tries to pull driver out of car and is arrested by police. Taken to ED where he was medically cleared for jail. Once in jail, he eats his medical bracelet, then gnaws at his wrists. Initially reported to have bitten his finger off and swallowed it, but later story changed to just gnawing at his finger, too.
I’ve commented on this before, and the stories just keep coming. More on the “Liverpool Pathway” from Great Britain. Almost a third of the deaths in Britain each year are patients on the Pathway. “It is a roach-motel for patients deemed to have a terminal condition. They check in but they don’t check out.” But the care is free …
Another medical theory goes up in smoke. Large federal study shows that weight loss has no effect on rate of heart attacks and strokes in overweight patients with Type 2 diabetes. Interesting. I would feel comfortable extrapolating that obesity is not a risk for heart attacks and strokes in the non-diabetic patient as well. This was a huge study and it was stopped early because there was no benefit in weight loss over a decade.
My bigger question is what about diabetes is so damaging to blood vessels?
This policy will go over like a lead balloon. Asking too many questions during a doctor’s office visit can trigger a “split visit” charge where patients are charged for two appointments. When people pay by the visit, there is no incentive to get in and out of the office quickly. This is one topic where I agree with Matt – medical care should be charged on an hourly basis like most other service professions, not a “complexity” basis. Would instantly resolve a lot of billing issues.
Wisconsin man charged with disorderly conduct and faces 90 days in jail plus $1000 in fines for repeatedly stabbing himself in the thigh, arms, and neck with a box cutter while in an emergency department.
Why are kids showing up in the emergency department after eating Flamin’ Hot Cheetos? Because there’s too much red dye in them and when kids eat a lot of them, their stool may look like blood. Wondering how long it will take before someone demands regulation of these things. It’s for our own safety, you know …
Maine emergency department closes, towns have to pay more for ambulances to take patients to other facilities – sometimes a lot more. Can telemedicine fill in the gaps?
How hospital administrators can ruin a hospital. In Pennsylvania’s Carlisle Regional Medical Center, 90% of the emergency physicians and PAs resigned within 1.5 years. Management allegedly putting pressure on staff to “commit some sort of fraud” or “get fired.” Watch all about it on an upcoming episode of 60 Minutes.
Anyone can get confused. This is the defense statement of a nursing student who accidentally injected coffee into a woman’s IV line. The 80 year old woman later died.
Aaaand … the student another student, and two nurses have all been indicted for involuntary manslaughter based on the incident.
Hat tip to @skepticscalpel
Drunk patient sets hospital bed on fire while trying to light imaginary cigarette. In other news, the Joint Commission will soon declare hospital beds a patient safety hazard.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid injured in motorcade accident and taken to emergency department. Diagnosed with rib and hip contusions.
Fortunately for him, he has good health care insurance.