Last week we launched the first in a series called The Week in Review. We hope you enjoy this project as a way to catch-up on what you may have missed in the world of health, medicine, patient safety, law and healthcare. Now for our second installment.
“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.”
Inspirational Quote from Babatunde Olatunji
We started the week with Part I in a series of posts intending to explore the issue of whether the ever-growing and expanding advances in medical technology are really accomplishing their goal – or what should be their goal: more efficient, effective and safe delivery of medical care.
The author, Brian Nash, poses the question, “What has technology done to improve healthcare?” Answering in part his own question, he states:
The answer, in short, is – some amazing things and some not so amazing things have taken place in terms of technological advances in healthcare. Unfortunately, as we will explore in this series, some of these technological advances have led to some catastrophic results for patients. One need look no further than how the medical institutions rushed to implement the newest, shiniest and “best” radiology machines and through their haste left in their wake scores of maimed and dead patients.
Wednesday’s post by Sarah Keogh explored an often discussed but apparently not always heeded message about car seat safety. Sarah offers some “tips” and suggestions on how to implement simple safety steps to decrease the likelihood of injuries to children while in our cars. She reported -
A recent article on healthychildren.org says that deaths in motor vehicle crashes are still the leading cause of death for young children.
Don’t let this message go unheeded. These are not Sarah’s “tips and tricks” but those of experts in the field of child safety.
Read Sarah’s piece – 4 Tips for Car Seat Safety.
The end of last week brought an “interesting” piece by Mike Sanders, also a lawyer with our firm, concerning a so-called study suggesting a possible link between religious activity and obesity. This wasn’t – Mike is quick to point out – a “theory” of his. This was a posting he saw and just couldn’t stop himself from writing about.
While I am usually reluctant to belittle medical research, this study really has me scratching my head and asking, “Who cares?” Before anyone decides to skip church this weekend, let’s look at the details of the study.
Makes one wonder what it takes in today’s world of instant news, internet publishing and blog posting (hmmm), to “get published” as a study.
Read Mike’s piece entitled Can Religion Make You Fat?
The Week Ahead
This coming week will have among its postings Part II in the series about Medical Technology and whether it is doing its job of advancing the safe delivery of healthcare to our population. We’ll start with a topic that is near and dear to all in the healthcare industry – EMR’s – better known as Electronic Medical Records. Sounds like a good idea – right? Since we live in a world of computers, radio buttons and drop down boxes and way too many of us in the field of medical malpractice litigation have made too many visits to the eye doctor from having to reading hand-written medical charts – why wouldn’t this be the next best thing to sliced bread? Well – read Part II coming this week.
We also plan on posting some information and analysis of a medical/anesthesia procedure – the epidural – that thousands of women have every day of every week throughout this country and the world. Well, are they really as safe as some would have you believe? Stay tuned and read our upcoming post.
There are likely to be even more goodies on health, law, patient safety and healthcare in next week’s The Eye Opener from Nash & Associates.