Technology Comes For The Humble Stethoscope.
Two hundred years ago, a Frenchman invented a tube with which he could listen to heart and lung sounds. This was the first stethoscope. Heart disease is one of the major causes of death throughout the world. Often the abnormalities … Read More
Hospitals and the Weekend Effect
The weekend effect is a recognized phenomenon in the medical world. You and I aren’t the only people who like to have some time off on the weekends. So do doctors and nurses and the many other workers who are … Read More
Generic Drug Betrayal
The promise of generic drugs is enticing: quality replacements for name-brand drugs at a fraction of the price. Regardless of whether that promise was ever anything more than an illusion, it is a proven lie today. I read two recent … Read More
How the U.S. Health System Puts Diabetics in Danger
“How the U.S. health-care system puts people with diabetes in danger” is the title of an article which appeared today in the Washington Post. The author is an ICU physician who sees and treats diabetics when they become critically ill … Read More
The news is full of stories about vaccines. While vaccines are generally safe and protect the individual and society from many of the most dangerous and deadly illnesses nature has devised, people occasionally suffer a bad reaction to a vaccination. … Read More
Sepsis and Diet.
Sepsis is one of the leading killers in the United States. 1.7 million Americans get sepsis each year. Fully one-third of all patients who die in hospital have sepsis. Sepsis is the body’s response to overwhelming infection. For most of … Read More
Arizona Hospitals Busted by Medicare for Patient Safety Lapses.
I am not the only one who believes that there are patient safety problems at Arizona hospitals. Medicare has announced that it is penalizing 15 Arizona hospitals for high rates of infection and patient safety issues. The Arizona 15 are … Read More
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Incidence of Malpractice in Long-Term-Care Hospitals.
Unbiased information about medical malpractice is often hard to come by. As I have discussed from time to time, there is a veil of secrecy that surrounds malpractice events and claims. Doctors and hospitals don’t want to admit they make … Read More
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Hospitals Can Be Dangerous To Your Health.
The Depression Era bank robber Willie Sutton was famously quoted as saying that he robbed banks because, “That’s where the money is.” Today, hospitals can be dangerous to your health because, “That’s where the sick people are.” When you go … Read More
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Finding the Right Hospital
Hospitals vary greatly in terms of the quality of their care. In some hospitals infection rates are low and few patients need to be readmitted after discharge. Exactly the opposite is true for some other hospitals. You do not want … Read More