Monthly Archives: October 2010

Controversial FDNY Rapid Organ Harvest Program Set To Begin


The FDNY is hiring EMTs to man a new “Organ Preservation Vehicle” that will race around Manhattan to make sure fewer organs go to waste. Starting next month, the $1.5 million pilot program will dispatch two EMTs, a “family services coordinator” and a doctor to the scene of accidents or cardiac arrests. If the next of kin consents, after attempts to resuscitate the decedent have failed they’ll keep the “potential organ donor” on a ventilator and rush him or her to Bellevue Medical Center to remove the organs.

Officials insist this won’t get in the way of NYPD homicide investigations, and a spokesman for the department says, “These people may have wanted to be an organ donor, but there is currently no system in place to have this occur. We’re very excited about this new, cooperative plan that will allow us to do even more to honor organ donors’ … (Continued...)

Singer Claims MRI Electrocuted Her: Cannot Learn New Music


From The Courthouse News Service

PHILADELPHIA (CN) – A jazz singer claims the electric shocks she received during an MRI brain exam at the University of Pennsylvania hospital left her unable to learn new music, effectively ruining her career. S. Denise King says she suffered other physical injuries from which she recovered, but her “ability to learn and perform new music” was impaired, “to her professional detriment, embarrassment, and financial loss.”
King, who has performed in the United States and abroad, says she was placed in the MRI during a visit to the hospital in late November 2008. Almost immediately she suffered a string of electric shocks, according to the complaint in the Court of Common Pleas.
Hospital personnel stopped the test when she complained, but not before she was injured, King says.
“Immediately, or very shortly after having experienced electric shocks from the MRI machine, plaintiff experienced physical changes … (Continued...)

Malpractice Lawsuits Against Hospitals Increasing

Law Meets Medicine

From the Wall Street Journal Health Blog

The pace of malpractice claims against hospitals is picking up, according to a recent report from Aon Risk Solutions and the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management.

Earlier in the decade, growth in the frequency of claims declined for several years in a row, down to a 1.81% increase for incidents occurring in 2006. The pace has now ticked up for the past three years, to 1.95% for incidents occurring last year, the report says.

It estimates the cost of the 44,000-odd claims arising from incidents occurring last year will top $8.6 billion (that covers hospitals only, not physicians or long-term care facilities.) Obstetrics-related claims alone will run an estimated $1.4 billion.

Erik Johnson, health care practice leader for Aon Risk Solutions’ Actuarial and Analytics Practice, tells the Health Blog it’s not clear why the frequency of claims against hospitals is edging … (Continued...)

Baltimore Woman Dead 3 Hours Wakes When Anatomy Lab Comes For Body


Apparently the ‘smell test’ really is useless in determining patient death.

From the Baltimore Sun

A Severna Park woman police reported dead after finding her blue and not breathing in her home was actually alive.

Police were called to check on 89-year-old Ruth Shillinglaw Johnson on Oct. 1. According to a report, officers found her motionless on her bathroom floor, and one officer noted an odor “similar to a decomposition smell.”

But officers did not check for a pulse. Instead, they called Johnson’s adult son and told him his mother was dead, according to an account first appearing in The Capital newspaper of Annapolis. The man said Johnson planned to donate her body to science. A State Anatomy Board employee arriving to take the body three hours later heard Johnson take a deep breath and saw her move her arm.

Johnson was rushed to a hospital. She was discharged Wednesday. … (Continued...)

Federal Judge Rules 20 State Lawsuit Challenging Health Care Reform Can Proceed


Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, October 15, 2010; 6:00 AM

A federal judge ruled Thursday that a lawsuit brought by 20 states challenging the health-care overhaul law can move forward.

The decision by Judge Roger Vinson of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida to reject the Obama administration’s request to throw out the case was expected. During oral arguments over the government’s motion to dismiss last month, Vinson had indicated that he was likely to rule at least partly in the states’ favor. His ruling is limited to the plaintiffs’ standing to mount the case, as opposed to its merits – which will be discussed at a summary judgment hearing scheduled for Dec. 16.

But Vinson’s opinion delineates the issues over which the states – and two private citizens and a business group also party to the suit –


FDA Approves Botox For Patients Having More Than 14 Migraine Days Per Month


FDA approves Botox to treat chronic migraine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Botox injection (onabotulinumtoxinA) to prevent headaches in adult patients with chronic migraine. Chronic migraine is defined as having a history of migraine and experiencing a headache on most days of the month.

“Chronic migraine is one of the most disabling forms of headache,” said Russell Katz, M.D., director of the Division of Neurology Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “Patients with chronic migraine experience a headache more than 14 days of the month. This condition can greatly affect family, work, and social life, so it is important to have a variety of effective treatment options available.”

Migraine headaches are described as an intense pulsing or throbbing pain in one area of the head. The headaches are often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine is three times … (Continued...)

Army Finds Simple Blood Test To Identify Mild Brain Trauma

FREDERICK, Md. — The Army says it has discovered a simple blood test that can diagnose mild traumatic brain damage or concussion, a hard-to-detect injury that can affect young athletes, infants with “shaken baby syndrome” and combat troops.

“This is huge,” said Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the Army vice chief of staff.

Army Col. Dallas Hack, who has oversight of the research, says recent data show the blood test, which looks for unique proteins that spill into the blood stream from damaged brain cells, accurately diagnosing mild traumatic brain injury in 34 patients.

Doctors can miss these injuries because the damage does not show up on imaging scans, and symptoms such as headaches or dizziness are ignored or downplayed by the victims.

If the brain is not allowed time to recover and a second concussion occurs, permanent damage may result. Brain injuries afflict 1.4 million Americans each year, says the National … (Continued...)

Nurse Anesthetist is the 13th Best Job in America: CNN Money



Nurse Anesthetist is the 13th best job in America. CNN Money and rate the top 100 careers with great pay and growth prospects. Here are the top 20.


Rank Job title Job growth
(10-year forecast)
1 Software Architect 34%
2 Physician Assistant 39%
3 Management Consultant 24%
4 Physical Therapist 30%
5 Environmental Engineer 31%
6 Civil Engineer 24%
7 Database Administrator 20%
8 Sales Director 15%
9 Certified Public Accountant 22%
10 Biomedical Engineer 72%
11 Actuary 21%
12 Dentist 15%
13 Nurse Anesthetist 13%
14 Risk Management Manager 24%
15 Product Management Director 12%
16 Healthcare Consultant 24%
17 Information Systems Security Engineer 23%
18 Software Engineering / Development Director 17%
19 Occupational Therapist 26%
20 Information Technology Manager 17%

CA Anesthesiologist Starts New Medical Society Targeting CRNAs [VIDEOS]


Dr. Adam F. Dorin, a San Diego anesthesiologist, is fed up with the American Medical Association. “Even as the American Medical Association wanes in membership to numbers some say are below 10% of the nation’s practicing doctors, the AMA’s dark legacy is starting to take shape,” he claims. Founder of Physicians Against Obamacare and co-founder of the National Doctors Tea Party, Dorin says the AMA is not representing the will of its members and is mired in shadowy back room deals. His solution? Dorin recently formed America’s Medical Society in an attempt to pull together disparate groups of individual physicians and disenfranchised medical groups under the umbrella of one medical society that he says would truly speak for the majority of American doctors.

From the AMS website:  “The AMA and the Congressional majority passed Obamacare at the expense of all Americans. For the liberal-progressives who want Medicare for (Continued...)

Winkler County Hospital Administrator Stan Wiley Sneaks Out Of Town [VIDEO]

Silhouette With Clipping Path of Man Taking Step

It appears Winkler County Memorial Hospital Administrator Stan Wiley not only resigned without warning or notice on Monday, he also apparently packed up his belongings last week in anticipation of simply saying “I quit” to his staff, walking out the door and driving out of town. Stunned hospital board members likely regret not accepting his resignation in August and at least one Board member is firing on all cylinders when she suggested that fired quality assurance and medical staff credentialing nurse Anne Mitchell be made Administrator. I know a Director of Nursing she could fire the moment she arrives for her first day on the job.

There can be little doubt remaining as to whether Stan Wiley is fit to be a hospital administrator.

You can’t make this stuff up.

Anesthesiologist Misinformation Rampant In Medicare CRNA Opt Out

Helen Lamb

We previously reported on radio ads running in Colorado sponsored by the Colorado Society of Anesthesiologists (CSA) aimed at needlessly frightening the public with claims of life and death hanging in the balance should the Colorado Governor Opt Out of Medicare CRNA supervision rules. The Governor has signed the legislation making the Opt Out a reality. Not satisfied that Colorado has become the 15th state to Opt Out of a federal rule requiring CRNAs be supervised by a physician, any physician with a pulse, the CSA is suing the state of Colorado, a move which will cost the sate a large chunk of cash for a lawsuit the CSA will lose.

Anesthesiologists have also taken to writing letters to the editor and op-ed pieces for newspapers large and small, mostly repeating dire warnings of death and injury poised to sweep across Colorado as nurse anesthetists are unleashed on an unsuspecting … (Continued...)