Welcome to the New Year! I had a couple hundred e-mails with health care news sitting in my e-mail box and don’t have time to read all the articles, so I decided to declare health care news “bankruptcy,” delete all the messages and start fresh.
So … back to the regularly scheduled updates, and the regularly scheduled update Satellite Edition.
Is loser pays a solution for frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits? Absolutely.
Speaking about “loser pays,” Glenn Reynolds from Instapundit brings up a very good point regarding using loser pays in criminal cases. Why shouldn’t government attorneys have to pay for defense attorneys’ fees if the jury finds a defendant not guilty? As it stands right now, a defendant can pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees to defend himself against criminal claims with the only solace being “hey, at least you’re not going to jail.”
Family of 85 year old patient on Coumadin awarded more than $200,000 when radiologist misses a 7mm subdural hematoma after patient fell and hit her head. Emergency physician and hospital were also sued, but were found not liable.
Patients gone wild returns. Florida man refuses to leave emergency department without being fed a meal. When police arrive to escort him out, he whips out his Willy and urinates on the floor. Then he goes to a phone and repeatedly dials 911 to ask for a ride to another hospital. Officer complains because the guy was passing “unbearable” gas when being patted down.
“Permanent hospital residents” costing billions in care because they are illegal immigrants and have no place where they can be discharged. Total cost is several million dollars per year just for one struggling New York hospital.
How should the patients be managed more efficiently? Perhaps being flown to their country’s consulate and dropped off there?
Thanks to DefendUSA for the link.
Teens try to get high overdosing on Coricidin cold medication. Instead end up in hospital. Time for the American Academy of Pediatricians to get out their pitchforks and torches to lobby for removal of another drug from the market. JCAHO would probably be all over it, but unfortunately, the overdoses didn’t occur inside a hospital.
While you’re waiting to see the doctor … would you mind doing chest compressions? Remember last year when Royal Columbian Hospital in British Columbia set up treatment beds in an adjacent coffee shop? This year, overcrowding has forced the same hospital emergency department to set up patient beds in the hospital lobby.
On one hand, I applaud the emergency department staff for having the guts to do what they have to do in order to provide care to patients. On the other hand, what in the heck is wrong with the healthcare system that providers are forced to take such measures?
Are all those rashes that people get when they take medications really “allergies”? This study says that they aren’t. About 25% of the time, the rashes are due to something else. From my experiences, I’d say that 25% is an underestimate.
The government comes up with an updated version of the emergency severity index to determine which patients need immediate care and which do not. Anyone in “severe pain” (can you say “10 out of 10”) or having “emotional outbursts” in triage should be considered for immediate treatment. Does anyone else see a problem with where this is heading?
Texas nurse sues Emerus 24 HR Emergency Room for wrongful discharge after being accused of stealing/diverting drugs from the emergency department and then reporting defamatory information about her to the Texas Board of Nursing.
In Pakistan, one hospital’s emergency department x-ray machine has been broken for 2 months. Patients are upset over the inconvenience of having to go to the outpatient department for x-rays. Oh, by the way, patients have to pay for outpatient x-rays while those obtained in the emergency department are free.
What’s the best medication to treat clostridium difficile colitis? The jury is still out. No antibiotic has been proven superior to the others. However, Flagyl is a heck of a lot cheaper than vancomycin.
Calling all Americans: Blood donations needed. Every two seconds a patient needs a blood transfusion. Pay it forward.
People living in houses near Virginia hospital warned to stay inside after intoxicated patient flees the emergency department. The patient is so dangerous that we have to hide women and children when he’s in public, yet when he gets to the emergency department, staff gets scrutinized if he is restrained and staff gets threatened with job loss if he isn’t satisfied with his visit. Yep, that’s about right.
Medical malpractice reform losing physician support? Give me a break. I work for a hospital. Who in their right mind would suggest I or any other employed physician is any less interested in whether we are named in a frivolous lawsuit? Sure, take my 401k and my house keys. Really. No interest in all. In addition, it seems as if Dr. Kirsch hasn’t heard of the National Practitioner Data Bank.
81 year old Canadian patient has abdominal surgery postponed 4 times in past 18 months. This time, busy emergency department and insufficient ICU beds was cause for cancellation. Wife asks if the government can add a “smidge” more money to hospitals so that sick people can at least have a chance of surviving. But don’t forget – the care is free.