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Archive for October, 2013

Celebrating EMTALA 25 years


Date: October 30th, 2013

Celebrating EMTALA 25 years since enactment The healthcare system in the country and the emergency departments in particular has experienced both the good and bad of EMTALA many years after its implementation. EMTALA has proved beyond unreasonable doubt as being the most transformative kind of legislation in the world of healthcare since the enactment of Medicare.

Why I don’t like medical journalism


Date: October 29th, 2013

The serious effects of overcrowding of ERCNN reported on a heartbreaking, terrible story that was a very terrifying case for me as a professional ER doctor and as a parent. The author has treated this subject very seriously to her credit and without involving a lot of sensationalism; she provides a critical look at the current status of national ER overcrowding crisis and sheds some light on the likely cause.

Patients’ interests must be put first


Date: October 28th, 2013

What people would do about flu vaccination?A recent reader poll asked people what they would do as far as flu vaccination is concerned. As a person without medical expertise, I was really shocked by the answers given by about 25 percent of poll respondents who I presumed to be healthcare professionals.

Suspension of Medicaid ED Coverage Denial Plan


Date: October 27th, 2013

A controversial Medicaid policy stopped by the governorChris Gregoire, Washington governor has stopped the implementation of Medicaid policy, which would have seen emergency department services denied payment where a patient is determined ultimately to have a condition that is non-urgent.

A malpractice verdict that cost a hospital a lot


Date: October 26th, 2013

Useful info about hospital emergency departmentsBefore the man died, he had visited an emergency department at a nearby hospital two days earlier. The attorney of the plaintiff said that at the hospital, the man has classic symptoms and seemed like his neck had a sign saying ‘Aortic Aneurysm.’

Drive through medicine


Date: October 25th, 2013

Minimizing the risk of influenza contagionAs a victim of a highly contagious and dangerous disease, I am being moved to a triage place in a mobile, isolated self contained pod. My pod is being manned by a doctor robbed completely in protective gown and wearing a mask and examines me via a porthole at the machine side. This seems like a bad dream or a creepy fiction/ science movie.

Compression only CPR gets more support


Date: October 24th, 2013

The effectiveness of the layperson CPRIn a trial done in US, which involved nearly 2000 patients, about 12.5 percent were discharged from the hospital after receiving chest compression compared to 11 percent of the patients who received the chest compression together with rescue breathing together.

Omega 3 fatty acids


Date: October 23rd, 2013

The benefits of omega 3 fatty acids

Over many years of study, researchers have finally confirmed that omega 3 fatty acids can help users in so many ways ranging from depression prevention to promoting good heart health. Even though the new findings that these fatty acids can also prevent mental health problems are not new as such, researchers have intensified their research about brain mechanism and found that dietary choices can significantly affect the condition of one’s mental health.

Rheumatoid Arthritis


Date: October 22nd, 2013

Complementary treatment for rheumatoid arthritisMany people are forever researching on how dietary changes can affect their RA symptoms or how it can help them deal with this condition. The western diet features many products, which promote inflammatory and the most outstanding ones are fats which most people take daily.

ADHD and defiant behavior


Date: October 17th, 2013

How to deal with conduct disorder and ADHDEven non doctors know pretty well that it is very easy to differentiate between an individual with ADHD and one who is habitual offender type. When these people are to a jail environment, they are usually very emotional and will keep apologizing for wasting your precious time. When booking them into the jail, you must take an inventory of every item in their pocket.