Colorado Medical Society files suit to prevent chiropractors from administering medications. The Chiropractic Board of Examiners created a rule permitting such actions after chiropractors complete 24 hours of study and a certification exam.
I go against the grain on this one. Let chiropractors prescribe medications. After patients start experiencing bad outcomes because the 24 hour course chiropractors take doesn’t teach them about drug interactions or side effects, patients will learn to appreciate doctors a little more. Then throw a few chiropractors in jail for administering too much pain medication and see how many of them want to continue administering medications.Vermont Supreme Court rules that physicians are liable for the negligence of a physician assistant but not liable for unprofessional conduct of a physician assistant when physician assistant found to be inappropriately prescribing narcotics without physician’s knowledge.
Docs be aware that when you agree to supervise PAs and NPs, there can be significant liability in doing so.
Taiwan considers imposing limits on medical malpractice claims after penalties for physicians and proliferating lawsuits have driven physicians away from fields such as surgery and emergency medicine and there is now a “dwindling pool of qualified physicians in the key departments”. But think of how safe the patients must be as Taiwan sues its way to better health care.
Influenza is rampant throughout most of the country. CDC site shows that influenza is either regional or widespread throughout the country. With school starting for many children today, look for additional illness to be spread.
All you doctors make sure to do sepsis workups and immediate sepsis treatment on everyone that comes to the ED with influenza so that some misinformed journalist doesn’t misuse sepsis guidelines to plaster your name and your hospital all over a national newspaper while trying to hide the fact that he misused the sepsis guidelines on the outside chance that there is a bad outcome with one of your patients.
How to stop heroin overdoses? One Annals of Internal Medicine study suggests freely distributing kits with the reversal agent Naloxone in it. Not much help if someone overdoses alone, but that’s beside the point.
EP Monthly snags another thought leader in medicine. Seth Truger (@MDaware) is now one of EP Monthly’s premier Twitterers. If you aren’t doing so already, you can follow EP Monthly on Twitter here @EPMonthly. If you’re really a glutton for punishment, you can also follow me at @WCintheED
Get well soon, honey. Washington man walks into emergency department to visit his wife, whips out an 8 inch kitchen knife, hands wife a suicide note, then walks out of hospital. Police find him sleeping somewhere else on hospital grounds and find knife stashed four blocks away. Man then gets brought back to the ED … this time as a patient.
Something about being found “somewhere else on hospital grounds” and them happening to find a hidden knife four blocks away just doesn’t seem right to me.
Indiana hospital fires eight staff members who refuse influenza vaccination. Wonder how long it will be before an employee at hospital mandating influenza vaccination gets Guillian Barre and then whacks the hospital for a multimillion dollar judgment.Remember how everyone called the NRA crazy for recommending that armed guards be present in every school (like the 11 armed guards present in the school for President Obama’s kids)? The American Academy of Pediatrics has now created a policy recommending that all school districts have a school physician to oversee health services and that such physicians be “experts in key school health topics” who will “collaborate with their AAP chapter” to understand the laws regarding their roles in schools.
Anatomically correct vomiting robot helps scientists study spread of norovirus.
I don’t get this. Think about it. If someone vomits, other people are not going to stand in place and say “British scientists used an anatomically correct robot to prove that I won’t become sick if I’m more than 7.2 feet from your mouth.” They’re going to jump out of the way and run the opposite direction. If aerosolized vomit can spread disease, then those who clean up the aftermath can rest assured they need to use a face mask and wash their hands well. We don’t need a puking robot to prove that.
In addition, the robot is in a stationary upright position. How many adults stand up straight and just let the vomit blast forward from their mouth and dribble down their nose when their tossing their cookies? People bend over and splat over the floor … or into the toilet if they’re lucky enough to make it to the bathroom.
Not sure that the money spent on Hurling Harry (or Barfing Billy) was worth the enlightening conclusions from the study.
Can you help a patient find his doctor to thank her? 40 years ago a man was injured in Israel when Syrians attacked. Shrapnel injured his eyes and blinded him. Normally, the patient would have no access to an eye specialist. However, an American doctor adept at eye surgery just happened to be doing clinical rotations at the small hospital where the injured soldier was brought. The doctor was able to remove the shrapnel and the patient regained his eyesight. However, he never got the chance to thank his doctor.
Be interesting to see just how powerful social media is in tracking down this surgeon. Female probably late 50s/early 60s in age. Worked in Israel in 1973 during the Yom Kippur War. Know anyone who might fit the description?