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Remember how the Congressional Budget Office predicted that so many more people would have health care “insurance” after health care reform was enacted?
A recent Gallup poll shows that the CBO is inept at making these predictions.
Instead of a 6 million people gaining health insurance as the CBO predicted, more than 4.5 million people LOST their health insurance.
And we already know that health care insurance doesn’t equate to health care access any more than automobile insurance means that you have access to a car.
What was voted the most hazardous technology in hospitals this year? It’s not what you would think. Finally an agency looks into the unintended consequences of “safety” measures.
Patients really gone wild. Bronx hood punk shoots up emergency department after rival gang member called to triage for treatment.
The good kind of payback. Man stops to help someone change a flat tire. A few miles down the road, the same man has a heart attack and is unconscious. People with formerly flat tire drive up, perform CPR, and, when help arrives, use AED to save his life.
Another amazing story. Baltimore marathon participant collapses 200 feet from finish line and goes into cardiac arrest, finishes the race, and lives to tell about it!
I was going to bring it to Baltimore for next year’s marathon, really. Tennessee woman arrested for stealing medications from two emergency department crash carts. Attention future miscreants: Nothing in a crash cart is going to give you a buzz. Succinylcholine – the bottle with the red flip cap – will paralyze you and probably kill you if you inject yourself with it. Many of the other medications will also kill you if used inappropriately. Think Michael Jackson. Plus, if you steal medications out of the crash cart, then they might not be available if we need to use them on someone that is in cardiac arrest. And … chances are that you’ll get busted for stealing it, anyway. Don’t do it.
Because baby wipes are so easy to swallow. Man charged with child endangerment after his infant child had to have baby wipe “surgically removed” from his throat.
Patient holds knife to her chest after being discharged from one hospital emergency department and demands to be taken to another hospital. Instead, gets sent to the Greybar Motel.
Yet more patients gone wild. Nurses recount stories about how they have been strangled and beaten with billy-clubs. Do hospital administrators bat an eye? If nurses strangled patients or beat patients with a billy club, it would make international news.
Patients gone wild International Edition. New Zealand nurses get punched in the chest and a doctor is racially abused by patients. Hospital has “zero tolerance” policy, but also has close to a “zero follow through” policy. Sometimes the patients get letters to “let them know we are pissed off.” Ooooooh. That’ll fix ‘em.
$963.70 for a couple of band-aids and a tetanus shot? Why is emergency department care so expensive?