Taking Healthcare for Granted.

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I suspect as a society, we are taking our healthcare system for granted … at least those of us in Canada. Maybe it’s just my imagination, but it seems like more and more patients we’ve seen coming into the ER are increasingly demanding, angered with unrealistic expectations, and overall ungrateful. What used to be a rare occurrence has now become so common that I expect some variation of the following first words out of …

New Year, New Stuff.

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Happy New Year! 2013 has gone by in a flash, filled with many interesting healthcare related stories and discussions. As a quick recap, this blog has published articles on topics ranging from ER wait times (see our most popular post of the year here) and mandatory flu shots for healthcare workers, to opinions on TV shows about nurses and how physicians should dress. While the majority of readers were from Canada, the United …

Extra Health Tax on Extra Risky Behaviors?

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Recently I came across an interesting news piece that reported on a published research article documenting an unusually high rate of injuries requiring prehospital and emergency room utilization as a result of particularly risky behaviors, specifically at a Tough Mudder competition. You can find the actual article published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine here. For those of you who are unfamiliar, the Tough Mudder race (similar to others like the Spartan Race, etc.) …

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Scrubbing out the noise around ‘Scrubbing In’.

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Guest post by Vicki Meyouhas. “They don’t put boring people on reality TV” responded by husband when I said that MTV should have cast me, or one of my many intelligent, responsible and ethical nurses to star in their new reality TV show ‘Scrubbing In’. He didn’t mean to offend me, of course, but there was a lot of truth to it. I doubt the buzz, the ratings and sought-after viewers would have …

Symptoms and No Diagnosis.

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Guest post by James Worrall. Why is there so much suffering that we cannot explain? Asked another way, why are there so many symptoms and so few diagnoses? As an emergency physician, I see many patients who arrive at the hospital with chest pain, abdominal pain, numbness of the extremities, or other potentially worrisome complaints, and yet no cause is found. In fact, I estimate that we only make a diagnosis in one …

Healthcare Costs of War.

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Ever wonder how much a country spends on healthcare as a result of going to war? It is not just the costs associated with the actual wartime period. Rather, they extend much longer beyond – and at an exponential rate that may surprise you. The folks at MBA Healthcare Management have put together an interesting infographic to highlight just how much the U.S. (which is already the world’s greatest healthcare spender by a …