Thursday, November 29, 2007

Unnecessary ER deaths

Unnecessary ER and hospital deaths continue to occur. We ought to be confident in our health/life safety once we reach the hospital, but all too often that is a trust not well placed. Our system needs to be changed, there is a critical need for improvement, as I have previously mentioned here, here, and here (to tag only a few).

Another ER waiting room death hit the news.

Why are we still talking about stuff that we talked about years ago, stuff I worked on through my 20 years in the ER. People shouldn’t die a few feet from effective treatment because they don’t fit someone’s idea of who has heart attacks or whatever the medical problem might be. You know what they say about “assume”, it makes an "ass" out of “u” and "me", and it can lead to someone’s death.

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