Negligent Credentialing?

From the American Medical Association

Hospital can be sued for credentialing doctor with questionable qualifications, Minnesota high court rules

Physicians fear that a recent Minnesota Supreme Court decision could compromise statutory peer review protections and taint physicians in medical liability cases that are tied to negligent credentialing claims.

For the first time, the high court recognized that patients can sue hospitals for allegedly granting privileges to doctors with questionable credentials. The unanimous decision adds Minnesota to a list of at least 25 other states that recognize negligent credentialing claims.

House Bill Aims to Modernize 911 Systems

From Washington Technology:

Proposed legislation in Congress that would promote implementation of IP-based 911 services is picking up support from public safety groups and disability organizations.

The 911 Modernization and Public Safety Act of 2007 (H.R. 3403), sponsored by Rep. Barton Gordon (D-Tenn.), seeks to facilitate rapid deployment of IP-enabled 911 services and IP-enabled enhanced wireless 911. It would extend enhanced 911 services to IP-based telephone services. The goal is to migrate today’s 911 systems to new technologies.

Depletion of Nitric Oxide in Bank Blood Spells Trouble

Great summary of this important finding at Medgadget

It has been long known that people who receive blood transfusions have a higher chance of having all kinds of medical problems following the transfusion. Research coming out of Duke now shows that stored blood loses a great deal of its nitric oxide content which is critical in oxygen transfer from blood to tissues.

HIPPA In Action

From the WSJ Health Blog

Hospital Suspends Workers for Peeking at Clooney’s File

Patient Refuses to be Seen by a Muslim Doctor

From the NY Times “The Ethicist” Column

A patient came to the E.R. where I work, and a nurse gave him a preliminary evaluation. When the patient saw my name, he refused to be examined by a Muslim doctor. I couldn’t reach his primary physician, and the other physician on call was also Muslim. A physician assistant offered to complete the evaluation, but as the patient was in no immediate danger, I did not allow this. Instead I discharged the patient without a full evaluation. Was I right? — Ali Mohamed Osman, M.D., Houston

Interesting Teaching Model

From Unbounded Medicine

This surgical model is made of glass fiber and has abdominal and thoracic compartments separated. A selective bronchial intubation can be done in this model. It also has a structure that simulates a diaphragm. You can perform both laparoscopy and thoracoscopy.

The organs of a pig are placed within the model.