Patients gone wild. Patient gets upset at wait and goes “berserk” on emergency department physician, breaking ribs and giving the doc a concussion.
I told you it was cold in here. More patients gone wild. Las Vegas woman sets fire to a trash can in emergency department restroom. Burning plastic from the garbage can filled the emergency department with thick black smoke, forcing the ED to close for several hours. Now patient is charged with arson and six counts of attempted murder.
Why does Reading Hospital want a police officer stationed in the emergency department 4 nights a week? Could it have anything to do with the fact that 54% of all health care violence occurs in the emergency department? The hospital estimates that 4 nights of security from 7PM to 3AM each week will cost an extra $100,000 to $150,000 per year. Security is getting paid between $60 and $90/hour at a hospital? To heck with medicine. I want to know where I can sign up for that job.
Courtroom doors are valued more than emergency medical personnel in Kentucky. In Kentucky it is a felony (.pdf file) for a person to bash one’s head on a courtroom door and break glass, requiring emergency medical treatment. However, beating the crap out of personnel once in the emergency department is only a misdemeanor (.pdf file).
Effects of health reform in Texas. The number of doctors applying to practice in Texas has increased by 60 percent, at least 20 underserved counties now have an emergency physician and 12 counties have an obstetrician for the first time in their history. In short, “we’re seeing medical professionals return to high-risk specialties.” The seven Texas state representative authors of the article are now calling for Texas to create a loser-pays litigation system.
Tort reform doesn’t work. It’s all propaganda. Don’t believe a word of it. All it does is screw the injured and line the pockets of the insurance companies. Those new doctors were planning to move to those counties before tort reform. The Dallas Cowboys football team motivated them to move to Texas, not tort reform. The numbers are skewed because the population in Texas was increasing anyway. The authors of the article can’t be trusted. They have an agenda.
Any arguments from the plaintiff’s bar that I’m forgetting?
Tort reform in North Carolina. Will changing the standard of liability to clear and convincing proof of negligence allow doctors to focus on patient care or should it be considered legislative malpractice?
Pet trauma center modeled after human emergency department. Only a matter of time until … Guess Praney scores get vets fired unless doggie’s tails are always wagging … catnip overdoses start showing up by the boatload and … lawyers sue vets for more than the clinic is worth if the parakeets don’t live to 107 in birdie years.
Other countries taking lead from US. High-value judgments are up 900% in South Africa. A risk services client manager was quoted as saying that the problem has been exacerbated by attorneys actively pursuing medical negligence claims due to their “high earning potential.”
Reducing obstetrical malpractice payouts to zero. As simple as hiring more staff, converting to electronic charting, and getting rid of the dry erase board?
Fairly comprehensive comparison between French and US health care systems. Would US doctors take a 66% cut in pay if they got their educations for free, didn’t have to pay for malpractice insurance, and didn’t have to deal with all the insurance company paperwork hassles?