Blaming the patient

A doctor blames a patient for his infection. The subsequent hesitation to seek care almost costs him his life.

Update:
Sorry, the story was free yesterday. You can use BugMeNot for the password, but here is an excerpt:

Robert is a 44-year-old carpenter with a large infection on his left shoulder. The infection needs a small surgical procedure so it can begin to heal properly. Robert ...

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Idiots. This recent study shows that ER borders makes everyone else wait:

Each patient "boarding" in the emergency department until a bed opens in the appropriate ward adds about 30 minutes to the average time spent in the ER by other patients, according to a report presented Sunday to the American College of Emergency Physicians.

That means an extra 2 1/2 hours if five patients are boarding; ...

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In one case, he did a five-vessel bypass instead of three. Another cardiologist blew the whistle.

Can obesity lead to cognitive decline?

Another hit for the most physician-unfriendly insurer in the country. They're busy giving themselves billions while they continue to find ways to ratchet down physician reimbursement.

The Well-Timed Period discusses lies and mistruths about the abortion debate in South Dakota.

One of the better articles I've read outlining why primary care is doomed.

On fast-food style McDoctor NP/PA clinics:

What we should all be concerned about, however, is what these "walk-in care centers" represent: a McDoctor franchise at a convenient intersection that will (for cash payment) provide a mediocre but quick and fragmented fix for a perceived urgent need. Such encounters will ultimately detract from continuous doctor-patient relationships and ...

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A HIPAA nightmare.

He's got a point. There is no data supporting testicular self exams. He rants on:

Baum says the constant imploring of men to check themselves for testicular cancer, or to submit to prostate specific antigen tests (PSAs) for signs of prostate cancer, really is potentially harmful. 'To promote testicular self-examination without evidence…well, it suggests we are not learning from the mistakes of the past', he says. 'There are ...

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More on how health care workers are being blamed for Libya's own health system failures.

Lawsuits may be a dime a dozen for lawyers, but they are traumatic experiences for physicians - especially when a majority of them are not found negligent during malpractice trials. Yes, doctors take it personally when they are sued:

Concerning this lawsuit, he did not make any medical error, showed no negligence, and performed his job to the best of his abilities. His insurance company would have easily ...

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And the NYC medical community isn't happy about her new book:

While Suzanne couldn't be reached for comment a rep from her publisher, Crown, did defend that blondie "spoke with 16 credentialed doctors whose interviews are all included in the book." . . .

. . . I would like to point out to Suzanne and Star Jones that speaking with doctors or lawyers does not magically make you ...

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An American pulmonologist is awed by a Japanese inhaler:

So, my mother and I huddled together and tried to read the contents, carefully pronouncing the ingredients as they were written in katakana. The doctor took notes. Her expression began to soften after we had agreed upon the third medication.

"Wait. All that in one inhaler." She stopped taking notes. "But, that's amazing! My patients have to have three inhalers ...

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Another edition of a favorite ongoing series.

Any surprise why outpatient surgery centers outnumber hospitals? If the same reimbursement emphasis was placed on primary care, there would also be a surplus.

The physician was faulted for not having the antidote on hand during the emergency:

According to the suit, at about 1:45 p.m. the next day, Ginsburg ran into the hallway screaming for help.

A nearby volunteer firefighter heard and started CPR on Ashley. Ginsburg called 911.

A nurse arrived at the cabin at approximately 2:10 p.m. Ginsburg told her that five of his Vicodin pills were missing.


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Apparently, pretty easy. 94 percent of Web sites don't require a doctor's note.

Not surprisingly, from cow manure. The next step involves finding out how it infected the spinach.

Applause for the openness and enabling comments. (via Health Care Renewal)

I'd feel sorry for anyone who tried to sell this. Essentially it involved convincing doctors to prescribe repackaged generic medications with a premium price. (via PharmaGossip)

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