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the severe problems in the US Healthcare System.http://www.courierjournal.com/article/20120519/FEATURES06/305190027/Book-review-Battle-OverHealthcare""My 1967 classmate and friend Mike Simone died of MRSA complications.
RIP Mike. You will be missed.
http://obituaries.bangordailynews.com/obituaries/bdnmaine/obituary.aspx?n=michaela-simone&pid=157644854""What should patients who have been harmed expect hospital
officials to tell them? How much do they deserve to know? Hospital officials at a
facility in Chicago says patients deserve the whole truth. The University of
Illinois Medical Center���s ���seven pillars��� program requires hospital
officials to be open and honest with patients who are harmed. They conduct an open
investigation, with no findings withheld from the patient or family. And they
apologize when necessary and offer a settlement. They say it���s reduced their
number of malpractice cases and the amount of money they���ve spent on
settlements. (For more info, see the story below that I wrote for the Las Vegas
Sun.) The ���seven pillars��� program is being expanded to other hospitals,
where other officials and doctors want to change the status quo. I���m curious
what you all have experienced. Were doctors and others open and apologetic when you
or a loved one became infected or injured? If so, how did you feel about it? If
not, how do you think it would have changed things for you?""What of the
deliberate, calculated, pre-meditated acts? Like the teaching hospitals
substituting green trainees to perform surgery on the sly, once the patient is
anesthetized and cannot say ""no"" with all the additional risks that entails? This
is where most of the serious injuries and unnecessary surgery comes from and what
needs attention most.""In my experience, many of the doctors I've seen over the
years in and out of the hospital are in denial or never admit when they make a
mistake. They can't believe they are wrong or refuse to acknowledge they are human
and fallible. There is a great amount of hubris in medical care. I can't say it is
entirely the doctors' fault. Pharmaceutical and insurance companies largely fund
medical school curricula which is therefore heavily weighted in a way that will
increase these companies' profits in the long wrong. Doctors are not taught to
think out of the box however cliched that may sound. I'll give you an example. I
had undiagnosed Hirschsprung's Disease or congenital colonic inertia. My system did
not have the pumping action needed to remove waste on its own. So in 1983 when
hospitalized with bleeding ulcers at Georgetown Hospital in DC, I never had a bowel
movement the entire week I was there. Standard of care dictates that such patients
are not to be discharged until they have a bowel movement to determine whether the
internal bleeding has stopped. Every day the nurses came in and wrote ""no change""
on the line in their chart about bowel movements. After a week in the hospital, I
was discharged because I seemed stable enough even though I never had a bowel
movement. A few years ago when assembling my medical records, I got a copy of the
Georgetown experience that documents this true story. It illustrates the mentality
that I experienced throughout my life seeking a proper diagnosis. If it isn't
evident quickly, there is no time in the medical system as established to figure
things out so you make the patient another doctor's problem or just say the patient
is improved and fine. The only way I will ever find out for certain what these
doctors were thinking is by getting them on the stand in court. First I need to
raise $25,000 for ""expenses"" so a medmal attorney will take my case on a
contingency basis. I've even offered a 50% fee on contingency but attorneys will
not come out of pocket for what they know will be a protracted case requiring
expert witnesses who are paid for their testimony. Anyone have advice on how I
might raise $25,000 specifically to pay an attorney for my medmal trial? It would
make a great documentary hearing what the physicians have to say I saw so many in
so many disparate fields of medicine.""It is very rare that hospitals and doctors
share any information about harm. I believe they should tell the patient and their
family everything they want to know about the injury. My family got full
disclosure, a comment (""these things happens and there isn't much we can do about
it), and no offer of anything....after my father was infected with MRSA under their
care. On top of that, much of the staff became leery of us and pretty much shut
down conversation- wise regarding the infection. It just makes the victim and
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