A doctor tells of his experience honeymooning in New Orleans during the hurricane
"Worse was the aftermath. The floods outside kept medical supplies from coming in. They were so desperate that in cases of diabetics needing insulin they were even forced to commit a real bugaboo in today's medical world, they had to share the needles.

'Sanitized with a little alcohol wipe and water and then we ...

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WebMD has pictures and stories from people around the Gulf Coast

Medscape has resources for scattered New Orleans medical students
"Within the next several days, a new school Web site will be created by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), he said. That should facilitate more official communications.

Meanwhile, medical students have been trying to communicate with each other and with school officials via Internet discussion groups (see links below). One of their biggest concerns is how their training ...

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A nurse blogs about her experiences in the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast
"We created an area just to treat wound care. We had diabetics who had waded through muddy water to get evacuated out, others with cellulitis (bites received while walking through the waters), and people with surgical wounds that were becoming infected. We even had 1 person who was 2-day discharge following a coronary artery bypass procedure. We transported ...

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The American College of Physicians has a hurricane Katrina help page

Physicians are needed to help hurricane Katrina victims

A shock from a Taser stun gun sent a teenager into ventricular fibrillation
"A shock from a Taser stun gun caused a teenager in Chicago to go into ventricular fibrillation, a usually fatal heart disturbance, according
to a letter published yesterday in The New England Journal of Medicine."

Slate: Are Dead Bodies Really Dangerous?
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin told the press yesterday that 'we know there is a significant number of dead bodies in the water' and warned that thousands in the city may have died during Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flooding. Do these dead bodies pose a threat to the survivors? In August 1999, David Plotz explained that decomposing corpses are "only a danger to ...

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CNN: Marooned doctors plead 'Please help us'
"Doctors at two desperately crippled hospitals in New Orleans called The Associated Press Thursday morning pleading for rescue, saying they were nearly out of food and power and had been forced to move patients to higher floors to escape looters."

Sniper fire is preventing patient evacuations
"Charity Hospital has halted patient evacuations because it has come under sniper fire, according to ...

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A deaf woman is suing a hospital for not providing an interpreter
"A deaf woman is suing a hospital for not providing her with a sign language interpreter during child birth.

In her lawsuit filed Wednesday, Lisa Monique Webb alleges that St. Francis Medical Center in suburban Lynwood violated her civil rights under state law, according to a statement from the Western Law Center for Disability Rights, which is ...

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Hospitals are struggling in New Orleans
"The lights are down, which means that medication must be rushed through sodden hallways by flashlight after dark. The ventilators are down, which meant that, for a while, nurses had to pump the airbags of pulmonary cases by hand.

There are few phones. No x-ray machines. No CAT scans. No computers. No air-conditioners.

The lab is down, which means that if ...

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Instapundit is organizing Flood Aid for Hurricane Katrina relief

Dr. Charles has written a book
"I will be donating a percentage of any sales to charities such as Doctors Without Borders. For now, I'm going to give 25% to The Red Cross for their efforts in Hurricane Katrina relief (this is assuming that proceeds total more than a 37 cent stamp).

For thousands of other physician-writers, the doctor-patient relationship has been a fertile ground for understanding our humanity, ...

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Turmoil in the FDA: A high-ranking official quits after the Plan B delay
"I can no longer serve as staff when scientific and clinical evidence, fully evaluated and recommended for approval by the professional staff here, has been overruled . . . The recent decision announced by the Commissioner about emergency contraception, which continues to limit women's access to a product that would reduce unintended pregnancies and reduce abortions, is ...

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More doctors gone wild: A surgeon in Japan punched a patient in her 90's during surgery
"A doctor described as arrogant was suspended for three months for punching a patient in her 90s and hurling verbal abuse at her in the middle of surgery, officials said Tuesday.

The incident took place at Shiga Hospital in Higashiomi, Shiga Prefecture, on Aug. 1, according to officials at the Kinki regional office ...

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Anger management: A doctor in Canada is disciplined for swearing at patients
"None of the complainants can be identified, but the daughter of one patient testified that, when she drove almost 20 kilometres to his office to pick up a prescription for her elderly father, Dr. Rathé came out of his office and said to her, 'Assholes like you and your parents I don't need.'

She told a college ...

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Again, rising malpractice costs are hurting patients
"Just past Fredericksburg, Virginia's Northern Neck is increasingly becoming known among Washingtonians for its waterfront real estate, tiny fishing villages and a quiet, isolated rhythm that makes you feel like you're a million miles away.

But if you're a pregnant woman about to go into labor, isolation isn't necessarily a plus -- particularly if you're isolated from an obstetrician.

That ...

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Washington Post: New Orleans Hospital Still Offers Care
"The hospital is crowded and hot. Surgeries go on with the help of generators. A teen arrives by boat after giving birth in a hotel. And outside, a steady stream of homeless, frightened people seek refuge.

This was the scene Tuesday at New Orleans' Ochsner Clinic, the eye of the hurricane as far as medical care is concerned.

Federal officials ...

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The Union Leader: Board sets hearing for Dr. Bennett
"One complaint charges he spoke to an obese female patient about her condition in a way that caused her distress and embarrassment. The other complaint, which was filed in 2001, said Bennett advised another female patient to buy a pistol so she could commit suicide to end her physical suffering.

Bennett's attorney Chuck Douglas said the bigger issue is "how ...

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Richard Epstein takes on Mark Lanier about the Vioxx verdict on CNBC
"You're a bully, Mr. Lanier, and you're not going to get away with it now." (via PointofLaw.com)

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