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Next on the FDA hit list … sleeping pills. Number of ED visits related to Ambien prescriptions triples between 2005 and 2010.
Connecticut emergency department declares influx of intoxicated patients from nearby concert venue a “scheduled mass-casualty situation” and a public health issue as sometimes more than 90 patients are taken to local emergency departments in various states of drunkenness.
I used to work at a trauma center near a concert venue. The worst concerts during those days were “OzzFest” and Jimmy Buffett. The worst for this Connecticut hospital are reportedly country/western concerts.
How times change.
Unintentional ingestion of medical marijuana sending more children to emergency departments. To make things safer for our children, I’m having trouble deciding whether we should outlaw it, throw doctors in jail for prescribing it, or call it an “assault drug” and wage a media war against it.
Patients Gone Wild goes international. Egyptian doctors go on strike after registered convict beats one doctor and tries to shank an orthopedist while security guards stand down. One Egyptian doctor’s rights group wants people who attack hospitals to be charged with attempted murder.
I have a feeling that attack rates would drop precipitously if that ever happened.
Australian university is trying to figure out why rural adults use the emergency department for dental problems almost 3 times as often as their urban counterparts.
We really need to do a study to figure this out?
Top medical malpractice case in New York for 2012: $8.6 million judgment after ENT doc allegedly misdiagnosed sinus infection for 2 years which allegedly led to pituitary gland infection, which allegedly caused patient to develop diabetes insipidus and seizures.
And I shake my head.
It’s been almost 50 years since JFK was assassinated and now we’re learning what happened to the emergency department where he was treated. Ten years after the incident, workers chopped the room up into little pieces and put it into barrels. Now the Kennedy library reportedly doesn’t even want the material.