Because men like getting a Q-Tip shoved up their woo-hoo when they go to the emergency department for nasal congestion. The American Society for Clinical Pathology recommends that men be screened for sexually transmitted diseases in the emergency department. Just what we need – longer waits due to “mission creep.” We screen for tuberculosis, domestic violence, tetanus immunization, and a bunch of other things already. What’s next, mandatory prostate checks? Personally, I think that all medical examiner offices and microbiology labs should be required to screen everyone for sexually transmitted diseases. Walk right in to your local morgue for your free screening, folks. Pathologists want to make the rules, let them deal with the requirements.
Vaccine exemptions have quadrupled in the San Diego area in the past decade. Is it any surprise that pertussis infections has set a new record in San Diego County this year? Or maybe it is an Al Queda plot. The second link even has an audio file of what whooping cough sounds like. Ten infants have died from the disease statewide. With such a preventable disease, shouldn’t parents of unimmunized children who die from preventable infections suffer some consequences?
They don’t go very well with milk. Methotrexate vials recalled due to contamination with glass flakes.
“Inside the ER, qeustion if more security is needed.” Answer: YES. Outside the “ER,” “qeustion” if more proofreading is needed …
How much should emergency nurses make each year in salary? Divide these numbers by an average of 2000 work hours in a year and the hourly wage isn’t as much as it should be for someone who may be the difference between you walking out of the hospital and you being rolled out of the hospital.
Pennsylvania man wins $3.5 million verdict after physicians misdiagnose brain infection as cancer.
When sharks sense blood in the water, you know what happens … Ohio attorneys battling over spoils from a $13.9 million medical malpractice verdict.
The question is whether she’ll get billed for her own services. On duty emergency department nurse asks colleague to do an EKG on her after having bouts of fatigue and jaw pain. The she gets admitted for several days when the EKG shows that she is having a heart attack.
Drug seeking behavior in emergency department doubles. And if those patients give you low Press Ganey scores for not feeding their habit, your hospital fires you, your group gets rid of you, or your pay gets cut. Maybe the goal is to get providers so fed up that they leave the system and then the government doesn’t have to pay for as many health care services. Boy am I glad I’m a doctor.
Connecticut teens becoming more likely to abuse prescription drugs than to abuse heroin, marijuana, and cocaine. Emergency department visits in the area have increased 60 percent from 2004 to 2007. Wonder who fills out the teen Press Ganey surveys.
The “No Wait” Emergency Department. Has anyone out there implemented this type of program? I’d like to know the mechanics of patient flow. I think it’s great that people see a doctor within 30 minutes. The question is: How long do they spend their time “doing something else than waiting” before they are discharged? My cynical side says that this is just a PR move to increase patient volume. Bigfoot, Santa Claus, and the Loch Ness Monster seem to like the idea, though.