Healthcare Update — 09-05-2011


See more news stories at the Satellite Edition of this week’s update over at ER

Patients gone wild CAUGHT ON VIDEO. It’s like a Jerry Springer show in the hospital waiting room.
Check out the one guy stabbing the other with what appears to be a hair pick beginning at the 1:05 mark.
Another point from the video: One rule of crowd control in the ED is to keep unstable situations out of the treatment areas. They should not have opened those doors into the treatment area around the 2:40 mark so that everyone could run inside. If providers in the main room get injured in a subsequent melee, they can’t provide medical care, which compromises the whole situation even further.

More international patients gone wild. Australian nurses get “bitten, punched and slapped and have objects thrown at them.” They’re afraid to make reports because of fears about causing “issues with management.” One nurse is quoted as saying “(A nurse who) got strangled never reported it to the police, and we weren’t allowed to make any of the public aware of the violence that we … come up against because then we could end up in court.”
What a pathetic double standard.

You doctors in Florida think that your malpractice caps are safe? Think again. They’re getting challenged by the plaintiff’s bar. Move to another state while you have a chance.

Some Florida doctors already getting the hint. Three University of Florida transplant surgeons suddenly leave the state and U of F has to shut down its liver-pancreas transplant program. 68 people on the liver-pancreas waiting list now in limbo as University of Florida tries to persuade other transplant surgeons to come to the state.
The surgeons aren’t saying why they left so suddenly.
But … if the surgeons left due to malpractice issues in Florida, and if any of the 68 people waiting for transplants voted in favor the “three strikes” law, wouldn’t it be ironic that the patients’ votes may have contributed to their own lack of medical care?


Why exactly were fire trucks blocking the emergency department entrance … in a Sarasota, Florida hospital? Malpractice lawyer serving another lawsuit? Staff saying goodbye to a doctor after he lost his third malpractice claim? DEA agents swooping down to arrest hospital pharmacist for not correctly dispensing narcotic pain medications? Nah. An air handler unit malfunctioned and dumped smoke into the emergency department.
Fortunately, no one was hurt. Otherwise, the hospital’s alleged failure to properly maintain the air handler may have subjected it to a $25 million class action suit from New Orleans attorneys.

New government project to cut medical costs is foiled by alert hospital employees. 17 year old is arrested for impersonating a physician assistant for two weeks in a Florida hospital. During that time, he examined patients and even performed chest compressions.
Additional story with the perp’s ID pic here.

Remember that $60 million verdict after a New York plastic surgeon allegedly botched a thigh lift procedure?
The verdict has been reduced. The New York Injury Cases Blog has an excellent analysis of why the appellate court reduced the award, what the verdict was reduced to, and what the plaintiff’s likely next steps will be.

$29 million verdict upheld in case where child did not get antibiotics after birth and allegedly developed spastic quadriplegia from peripartum infection.

Jersey Shore cast member “The Situation” gets mad and bangs his head on a concrete wall. The concrete wall wins the battle and “the Sitch” falls to the floor, dazed. Later, he has to go to the emergency department … to have his head examined. The video is actually amusing.

Dallas area hospital closes doors and becomes a surgical center. Patients trying to get into the emergency department are met with locked doors.

Modus operandi of national health care: Insure more and more people, pay less and less for the services. Texas is now cutting payments to hospitals for “nonemergent” care provided in the emergency department by 40%. Washington State is telling Medicaid patients that they get three paid non-emergency visits to the ED then afterwards will have to pay for subsequent nonemergency visits out of their pockets. Washington also dropped dental, vision, hearing and prescription benefits for poor adults.
People who are getting government “insurance” really need to pay close attention to what their “insurance” actually covers.
Insurance for medical care has never and will never equal access to medical care. Unfortunately, patients are beginning to learn about this medical Ponzi scheme the hard way.

Unvaccinated measles-infected child in Minnesota on ventilator “teetering near death” after contracting the disease while traveling out of country. Minnesota now has had more measles cases in the past year than it had in the previous ten years.
In this case, the child would normally have been considered too young for the measles vaccine, but could have received the vaccine as an exception due to the planned travel out of country.
So what’s the anti-vax response … “Oh well”?

As an aside … I was looking for an old post and once had made a comment to Matt about the term “Mattuendo” showing up on Google searches. Just for kicks, I checked. It does!



  1. Anti-vax response to measles case, “Measles is a harmless childhood disease and used to be a normal part of growing up.” Wait I just had an epiphany. Maybe measles and mumps PROTECT children from developing autism.

  2. Perhaps the lawyers would be willing to perform the transplants themselves, since they are directly responsible for the lack of surgeons……

  3. Charlie's Dragon on

    All this insurance crap in the states makes me very glad I live in a country with free health care. Actually it angers me that you have to pay anything else than taxes to get medical treatment anywhere in the world, and especially in a country that houses so many people and pretends to be the best at everything. (Sorry if that’s a bit stereotypical, but I still mean it.)

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