Does your Bias Cause Longer Wait Times?

From ER Stories:

A recent pilot study was published out of Australia and referred to in the recent edition of “Emergency Medicine News” where the investigators polled EM docs at three hospitals as to what their favourite and least favourite chief complaints were. They then compared this data with data on wait times and found what if you ask me is totally obvious. Patients with the least favourite complaints tended to wait longer than those with the favourite complaints. What complaints were the least favourite? I think the answer is nearly universal in Emergency Medicine: Dizziness, back pain, and constipation. These complaints are almost never either fun, challenging, or satisfying to treat. Dizziness is such vague and common complaint and it is usually completely bogus – ie peripheral vertigo, psych problems, or god knows what. The problem is that it rarely is something like a stroke or serious neurological /medical disorder.

Wii blamed for ridiculous increase in British hospital visits

From Engadget:

Nintendo’s Wii has been maiming careless gamers since the day it was launched, but an inexplicable uptick in Britain has professionals scratching their heads. According to Dr. Dev Mukerjee of Broomfield Hospital: “There has been a 100 percent increase in patients complaining of Wii-itis.” Turns out, Wii-itis is their word for playing so much Wii that you injure yourself. Astonishingly, up to ten people per week are being “hospitalized with injuries caused by playing Nintendo Wii games,” which has forced medical personnel to “issue warnings of the dangers associated with the video game system.” Some of the most common injuries are Wii-knee (seriously) and tendon stretching / tearing, both of which could likely be avoided if gamers would bother to stretch before breaking a sweat.