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The devil chased one patient off the roof of a two story building. The devil also possessed a 7 year old girl, so her brother pushed her down the stairs. Two patients were so uncontrollable that they had to be put in medically induced comas and admitted to the intensive care unit. Kansas emergency physician goes on high school lecture circuit to discuss the dangers of using “bath salts” to get high.
New survey on “insurance for all” in Massachusetts: More than half of primary care practices are closed to new patients, long wait times for appointments, many physicians won’t accept government “insurance,” making it difficult for patients to find access to medical care. Almost time to replicate this model nationwide.
Healthcare reform law reportedly will decrease costs by $24 billion/year while simultaneously increasing quality. Wait. LOOK! There’s the Easter Bunny wearing a diving helmet while riding the Loch Ness Monster … rodeo-style!
Doctor who at one time ran the nation’s largest distribution point for OxyContin convicted of 18 counts of illegal prescription drug distribution and found responsible in connection with four patient deaths. Now faces sentencing from 20 years to life in prison. And all of this was accomplished without creating new laws to criminalize the practice of medicine and pharmacy. Remarkable!
Connecticut jury awards woman $10.5 million after anesthesiologist allegedly performed preoperative assessments and intraoperative monitoring in a negligent fashion.
Plaintiff awarded $2.8 million after injury to urethra during kidney stone removal and allegedly substandard post operative care.
Patients gone wild. Psychiatric patient in emergency department awaiting placement in psychiatric facility becomes agitated and combative. Police officer guarding him tries to subdue him with pepper spray and stun gun. Those don’t work, so police officer whips out gun and shoots patient in leg.
In other news, the Joint Commission has now declared guns a patient safety threat – except in Florida where any medical professional who talks about the subject will be thrown in jail.
I see your two days … and raise you ten years. Recent Virginia law requires those who assault emergency medical workers to serve minimum 2 days in jail. New Vermont law makes it a felony with minimum one year in prison for assaulting a health care worker while on the job. Repeat offenders can get up to a 10 year stint in the Greybar Motel. I pick Vermont.
Good insight into Medicare coersive forces and how they are applied to physicians … and how patients with Medicare are going to have more difficulty finding doctors to treat them.
Giving the phrase “don’t let the bedbugs bite” a whole new meaning. Bedbugs in Canada found to carry superbugs including MRSA and VRE.