A doctor confronts an in-flight emergency. "We were confronted with a 72-year-old Japanese woman who was noted to be disoriented shortly before she collapsed. She hit her head on the door of the toilet as she fell to the floor. She was half-conscious when we got to her."
Additional health care spending does not make healther populations. "If you have more cardiologists in your community, you'll have more cardiology visits. The more hospitals, the more doctors, the more imaging procedures, the more aggressive care at the end of life. The question is, what is the benefit?"
Polio emerges in the US for the first time in five years. None of the four children had been vaccinated.
Pharmacies in black neighborhoods are much less likely to carry sufficient supplies of popular opioid painkillers than those in white neighborhoods. "The pharmacies in minority areas generally say they stock limited amounts of pain medication because the demand is not there."
How cuts in Medicare reimbursement for IVIG may have caused this death. "I had to fight every month to get the medicine, and everyone was saying they can't afford to get it for us."
Making a difference: Tort reform brings doctors back to Illinois. "Vest said his firm's decision to expand to Belleville stemmed in large part from Gov. Rod Blagojevich's signing into law in August a landmark tort reform bill. It caps damage awards for 'pain and suffering' in malpractice lawsuits at $500,000 for doctors and $1 million for hospitals." (via PointofLaw.com)
A man is suing his surgical team after the wrong testicle was removed.
Are we overreacting to bird flu? "But, right now, there is no value in scaring the public with Hitchcockian bird flu scenarios. The public must be kept in the loop, but potential threats should be put into context. The worst case is not the only case." (via Betsy's Page)
Robert Centor responds to George Lundberg's ignorant stance on medical blogs. "The democracy of the blogosphere makes any one blog a single input into our overall understanding of issues."
Is complementary medicine cost effective? Doubtful.
Tedy Bruschi sought more medical opinions this week regarding his return. "Sources say that Kraft insisted Bruschi see a certain set of specialists this week, Bruschi agreed, and word is, the assessment of those doctors was positive."
I wrote about his possible return here.
Do the Yankee's failures pose a mental health risk for the rest of us? "More importantly, we need the Yankees to confirm the American Dream. The Yankees are the only baseball team that is more important than baseball. How they fare on the field has a devout effect on the mental health of the nation." (via Shrinkette)
Venting on malpractice. "Many doctors consider 'offer of settlement' a euphemism for 'offer of extortion.' It should be eliminated.
The public is generally unaware of these methods, yet ultimately pays the price because to ward off frivolous lawsuits, doctors are forced to order many tests and consultations to prevent allegations of neglect.
This is why a visit to the doctor for a simple headache can end up costing ...
A doctor is ordered to see male patients only. "In one case, a women said the doctor 'had been asking her to take off her clothes for most every visit, even when she appeared for prescriptions only.'"
Any chance of restoring malpractice caps in Wisconsin? Nope.
A court rules that a same-sex partner cannot sue for malpractice. "Plaintiffs Neil Conrad Spicehandler and John Langan had a long time relationship and civil union partnership recognized in 2000 under Vermont law. However the appeals court ruled that New York State does not recognize same-sex partners as spouses for purposes of bringing suit under its wrongful death statute."