A brief interview with an emergency physician who is also a health care attorney … defense only. On the right track about the Affordable Care Act, though – it’s all about access, not insurance.
How often have you heard this claim before: Alcohol saved my life! For a man from the UK, the claim was apparently true.
The CDC is warning that this year’s flu season is early and could be “severe.” We already got that picture. Vaccinations probably will help, so get them while you can. Washing your hands and avoiding sick people will definitely help. Antibiotics won’t help, so stop asking for a ZeePack for your cough. It’s like using Raid on dandelions. If you want more information on influenza or want to see the surveillance map, the CDC influenza web site is a good resource. Check it out.
Fear Factor Tunisian style: Man ate 28 raw eggs on a dare … then dropped dead.
Emergency physician sued for failing to report a child who ingested cologne to the Child Protective Services. New Jersey laws require anyone who believes a child is being abused or neglected to contact Child Protective Services and ingestion of any potential poison creates a question as to whether there was abuse … according to the esteemed appellate court justices.
After all, failing to explain who was supervising the child at every second of every day and failing to explain how a 2-year-old child was able to access and consume cologne obviously could mean that in reality there is wanton and reckless abuse going on in the home. How could the doctor not have known that? And do the justices suggest that if the record did contain such explanations, the allegations of abuse would not be reportable?
Hey. I’m in my office typing this while my kids are in the kitchen. And I actually slept 7 hours last night without watching my children to make sure they didn’t get up and eat 2 dozen raw eggs. What an abusive parent I’m being. Good thing I don’t live in New Jersey.
Anyone ever notice how prosecutors and judges always tell you what could be abuse, but they never seem to tell you what isn’t abuse? Why is that?
Hat tip to Overlawyered.com for the link.
Whooping cough rates up 67% in two years in Arizona. Pertussis is definitely reduced by vaccination, yet more parents are choosing not to immunize their children.
If we publish the names and addresses of gun owners under the guise of safety, shouldn’t we also publish the names and addresses of those who haven’t immunized their children so parents can make an informed decision about sending kids to unvaccinated households for play dates?
The “fiscal cliff” has implications for medical care, too. If Congress doesn’t take some action, Medicare reimbursement to health care providers will decrease by 26.5% effective tomorrow. Such cuts will result in tens of millions of our nation’s elderly who still have “insurance” but who will have a lot fewer physicians willing to provide care to them for what the “insurance” pays. Nice for the legislators and the Supreme Court to give everyone “insurance” when the country really needs access to health care, isn’t it?
Don’t worry, Congress doesn’t have the collective gonads to let Medicare cuts happen – at least not for very long.
That’s some damn hot soup. Chinese man eats bowl of extra hot chili soup then begins vomiting blood. Taken to the hospital where doctors were “dumbfounded” to find that the patient had an ulcer. Of course there’s the “association” versus “causation” argument here – did the patient already have an ulcer which was worsened by the soup or did the soup cause the ulcer?
I’m still wondering why the doctors were “dumbfounded” over an ulcer.
Hospital too loud at night. Only 59% of heart failure patients reportedly received discharge instructions. 11% of surgery patients were given the “wrong” antibiotics … as determined by the government. Now the hospital will lose $100,000 in Medicare payments next year.
Hopefully if the hospital goes out of business, the patients will be much more satisfied with hospital noise levels.
Kids misusing common baking ingredients. Games like the Cinnamon Challenge cause violent coughing fits. Stuffing one’s mouth full of marshmallows and then trying to say “Chubby Bunny” has led to the death of at least two children. Snorting nutmeg can get you high. The obvious answer to prevent such tragedies is to create legislation banning all cinnamon, nutmeg, and marshmallows. If it saves one life, it is worth it.
Making us safer by more regulation. Law requiring safe prescription drug disposal method would “reduce prescription drug abuse” according to US Senator Jay Rockefeller.
Because junkies routinely go spelunking through garbage bins and go septic tank diving in search of discarded Percocets. Good reason to create more laws.
A “portable emergency room.” Basically looks like an oversized cardiac monitor and includes ability for voice and video transmission from the field, ECG leads, vital sign monitoring, and a way to access a patient’s medical records if they have been digitized. Oh, and it has been “ruggedized.” Is it worth $20,000 though?