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$15 million judgment against radiologist that misses early breast cancer on a mammogram despite palpable lump. 16 months later when patient returns for follow-up mammogram, the mass is “as big as a golf ball” and has spread to the patient’s bones.
Social security disability “becoming the new norm.” Comments section to the article has interesting discussions about how many people are gaming the system, how disability declaration cancels debts for student loans (is this true?) and how people on government assistance should no longer have the right to vote – due to the conflict of interest.
Waiting room patients gone wild. South Carolina woman charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct and child neglect after smelling of alcohol, yelling at everyone in the ER lobby, slurring her words, and then attempting to leave the hospital emergency room with her 3-year-old daughter.
The rise of the superbugs. According to the article, experts say the growth of antibiotic resistance now poses as great a threat to global health as the emergence of new diseases such as Aids and pandemic flu.
In addition, drug companies have lost interest in developing new antibiotics because it is hard to find new agents and they often are not able to obtain their return on investment.
Atlanta Medical Center posts QR codes on buses to find wait times in emergency department … which would come in handy if you ever get run over by a bus and have your iPhone handy, I guess. And no, the QR code to the right does not take you to the Atlanta Medical Center’s wait times.
Another story of a hospital administration taking unfair actions against a medical provider? Physician alleges that he is getting “muscled out” of an emergency department by the administrator and a national emergency medicine contracting group.
Louisville University’s hospital emergency department is being overwhelmed. Total visits have increased by 75% in 3 years and more than half of the visits are from uninsured patients. As a result, the hospital has added 12 permanent hallway beds to help cope with the overflow.
It’s happening all over. Italian government investigating “intolerable” hospital emergency room conditions after comatose woman spent four days on an ER stretcher without nutrition. Pictures were also published allegedly showing patients having medical procedures performed while laying on hospital floors.
Time to can the “pan scan”? In letter to editor, Australian radiologists/emergency physicians urge trauma physicians not to perform CT scans from head through pelvis because only a “few” critical injuries would be missed without them. Sure. Let me introduce you to the American Association for Justice.
Want to decrease all the emergency department use? Hook patients up with a family physician.