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In cats they are called hair balls and are considered a bad thing … New fad has fashion models dipping cotton balls in orange juice and eating them in an attempt to suppress their appetites and lose weight. I can’t even come up with a pithy comment for that one.
$4 million settlement in New York after mother seeks care for UTI symptoms at 26 weeks gestation, doesn’t receive antibiotics, and child is born 11 days later with neonatal sepsis.
Florida Governor Rick Scott is now backing legislation to crack down even further on expert witnesses in medical malpractice cases.
The legislation was sparked by one doctor who misrepresented his credentials under oath when testifying as an expert witness.
Now plaintiff attorneys are crying foul because the restrictions will “benefit doctors and corporations at the expense of injured patients and consumers.” In other words, “bwwwwaaaaaaaaaah, our contingency fees are going to dry up.”
Could Governor Scott’s interest in improving expert witness standards possibly be because Florida is one of the suckiest states in which to practice medicine and he’s trying to make a turd smell a little more like a rose?
Chicago-area hospital adding a “Telestroke Program” to its facilities. Now neurologists can view patients over computer cameras to determine whether they need to be transferred to a higher level of care.
Will be interesting to see how much benefit the web cams will have. Not like you can do strength testing over the internets.
Anyone out there use a video link to neurologists?
Not to be outdone, the University of California at San Diego is instituting a study on use of telemedicine for emergency department patients.
The principal investigator for the study, Dr. David Guss, states that “underutilized physicians” during lulls in patient volumes are an “unneeded expense.”
Ahhhhh, the emergency department of the future … one doctor running around frantically performing procedures on critical patients while a bunch of other doctors write work notes and Norco prescriptions from the comfort of their home offices.
New York’s Long Island College Hospital blocks ambulances from bringing patients to emergency department.
One neonatologist threatens to “call the cops” if the hospital attempted to move her patients out. Tough to run incubators without electricity.
The hospital is losing $1 million per week, but a judge ordered the hospital to maintain staffing levels anyway. Maybe they can use Monopoly money to pay the staff..
One less hospital to care for Brooklyn patients in an emergency.
New York isn’t the only place where judges make idiotic rulings. Ontario Court of Appeal rules that obstetrician was negligent for relying on the treatment plan of a consultant specialist who misdiagnosed a patient’s aortic rupture as a pulmonary embolism. Obviously, the obstetrician should know more about medicine than every other specialist. If he agrees with the specialist and there is a bad outcome, he’s liable. If he disagrees with a specialist and there’s a bad outcome, he’s still liable.
Ultimate effect of Ontario Court of Appeal’s ruling: Physicians are responsible for knowing everything about medicine and will be liable for misdiagnosis regardless of what a consultant says.
Does Canada have a problem with defensive medicine yet?
According to a Mayo Clinic study, we are officially The United States of Pill Poppers. Seven in ten people in this country are on at least one prescription medication. Half are on at least two prescription medications. Twenty percent are on 5 or more medications — most of those patients come to my emergency department.
Antidepressants and opioids were tied for second place on the list. Guess what class of medications was first …
AMA adopts policy labeling obesity as a disease, meaning that 30% of all Americans are now “sick” if they weren’t “sick” from some other medical illness already.
Now people who are overweight get discriminated against because they aren’t considered obese. Is declaring obesity a disease a way to get more treatment or is it a means for more people to become “disabled”?
Wait times for placement of psychiatric patients from Vermont emergency departments at an all time high average of more than two days. Longest wait recorded was just shy of two WEEKS.
Tropical Storm Irene destroyed the state psychiatric hospital and the state still hasn’t replaced the 54 beds.
And we don’t see some clueless judge ordering the state to fix this problem, do we?
Patient sues urologist after allegedly botched penile implant left patient with an 8 month erection and a scrotum the size of a volleyball.
His lawyer reminds everyone that “It’s not something you want to bring out at parties and show to friends.” Some people may disagree with that statement.
Patients gone wild to the extreme. California scumbag Antoin Haggard gets mad at emergency department staff and begins throwing his poo at them. Arrested and charged with aggravated assault.
Could Matt have been right? Did I just say that? Illinois’ largest medical malpractice insurance carrier scores record profits even after the Illinois Supreme Court overturned damage caps. Investment gains are high despite lower premium revenue.
Despite the decreasing premiums, the Chicago area is still one of the most expensive markets for medical malpractice insurance. Base premiums for an obstetrician were $138,000 and premiums for a surgeon were just shy of $100,000.
The UnAffordable Insurance Act keeps piling on the good news. Free sharing of Americans’ protected health information is required. But it is only shared to make sure that everyone is getting all of the benefits to which they are entitled. [wink, wink] Hey – what could go wrong?