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Doctor treats child born to HIV positive mother with full three-drug regimen of HIV drugs one day after birth instead of one or two drug regimen typically used until an HIV infection can be confirmed. Treatment continued for 18 months, then the patient’s mother stopped bringing the patient to appointments. The child is now 30 months old, has been off HIV medications for a year, and has no HIV infection according to ultrasensitive testing performed at Johns Hopkins. Now the doctor’s colleagues are planning a celebration. Of course, if the child did poorly or had a bad reaction to the medications, the doctor would likely have been arrested, lost her license, and sued for millions. More warnings about superbugs. MRSA is bad enough, but what happens when the organisms living in all of our intestines become resistant to antibiotics? Patients gone wild returns. Minnesota goof screams profanities and disrupts medical care. Tied down in four point restraints until police arrive. Will likely be charged with disorderly conduct. Wow. If every patient that did this kind of thing was charged with disorderly conduct and whisked off to jail, our ED volumes would drop by a good percentage. Electronic medical records are supposed to improve care, right? In this study, alert fatigue caused 30% of VA doctors to miss important alerts. 87% of doctors said that the number of alerts they received was excessive and more than half blamed the design of the EMR for the problem. Quite possibly better than the lollipop story. Police find loaded gun in woman’s hoo hah during search. Also had crystal meth in her butt crack. And THAT, dear readers, is why they call it “dope.” You think your wait in the emergency department is long? Try going to LA County Medical Center where the wait averages 12 hours at some points. In the past, certain people have equated high wait times to a poorly run hospital, but we won’t go there. Spider bites may be a common complaint when coming to the emergency department, but the complaint often turns out to be a MRSA infection. As the Milwaukee Brewers General Manager discovered, bites from other arachnids may also require an emergency department visit when you try to squish them up in a tissue. British Columbia emergency physicians describe horror stories in their emergency departments allegedly due to funding issues and overcrowding. Performing CPR on the waiting room floor? Even I haven’t heard of that one before. Nurse in New York caught stealing medications from nursing home patients. Not sure how to take the wording in this article. Polish man walks into emergency department with screwdriver sticking two inches into his forehead, article reports that there was no damage to the patient’s brain. South Carolina inmate grabs an officer’s gun during emergency department visit. Second officer “fires shot to subdue him” – inside the emergency department. Inmate then gets taken back to jail. What happened to the gunshot wound? Did medical malpractice kill Bruce Springsteen’s saxophonist? Clarence Clemons’ brother, an attorney, pursues malpractice litigation against doctors for Clemons’ stroke. Could medical malpractice climate in Florida be changing? Bill working its way through Florida House would increase burden of proof on medical malpractice claimants and would limit who can serve as an expert witness. Also protects hospitals from liability for actions of their contracted health providers. Florida Medical Association attorney notes that Florida’s current malpractice laws are “doing a disservice to our state and are a driving force in a physician’s decision to leave critical-need specialities, retire prematurely and even leave to practice in another state.” We’re ...Read More »