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Annals study shows clinical signs that necessitate admission in patients with ALTE (when newborns appear to stop breathing): “obvious need for hospitalization (they used persistent hypoxia as one example of this), significant medical history, and more than one ALTE in 24 hours.
Dual energy CT scan can diagnose knee ligament tears more effectively in the emergency department.
Is it necessary to definitively diagnose ligament tears in the emergency department, though?
And how long will it take until government officials blast doctors for ordering these tests?
You know all of those hospitals that advertise their emergency department wait times? Now those ads may end up biting hospitals in the rear. Nevada patient chooses hospital based upon advertised average wait time of 17 minutes, then waits five and a half hours before getting treatment. Newspapers publish statements suggesting that the signs may be “false advertising.”
Will consumer fraud cases against hospitals based on these advertisements be too far behind.
Florida House tries to improve medical malpractice environment by passing bill that would require experts to be in the same specialty as the physicians about whom they are testifying and that would allow ex parte communications between lawyers and a patient’s treating physician.
I still wouldn’t practice medicine in Florida.
Conditions at California’s Contra Costa Regional Medical Center are endangering patients according to the emergency department staff. Examining patients in the lobby and behind screens in the hallways are alleged as the emergency department is seeing twice as many patients as it was designed to accommodate.
So what do hospital administrators do in response? They hire a consultant to tell them the same things that the staff is already telling them.
What? Did you expect rational thinking?
Hospitals finding that they can cut costs by catering to emergency department “superusers”. For example, homeless patient Dennis Manners was treated in the emergency department 337 times in less than two years, amassing charges of more than $626,000. The hospital found him an apartment, assigned him a primary care doctor, and enrolled him in a drug treatment program.
I think that what the hospitals are doing is great, but why should this financial burden fall on the backs of private enterprises when government should be providing the services for its citizens?