Jim McVeagh

Emergency Clairvoyance - MacDoctor

Nov 23, 2009

One of the hallmarks of emergency departments is the unpredictable nature of the throughput. Accidents, in particular, are relatively unforeseeable although certain types do tend to cluster. Cuts with knives seem to congregate around mealtimes (for obvious reasons) and minor traffic-related injuries have an obviously predictable flurry at rush hour. I recall analysing the data from [...] Related posts:

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Dead Babies - MacDoctor

Nov 22, 2009

Stillbirths are traumatic. I am a seasoned provider of terminal care, so the dying process does not phase me, like it phases many of my colleagues. Even so, the death of a baby is horribly unpleasant and even more so when the baby is stillborn or dies soon after birth. All that expectation of happiness [...] Related posts:

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Cut Short - MacDoctor

Nov 21, 2009

BBC News reports on a fascinating study that demonstrates that victims of child abuse may have accelerated aging. Telomeres are relatively short sections of specialised DNA that sit at the ends of all our chromosomes.They have been compared to the plastic tips at the ends of shoelaces that prevent the laces from unravelling. Each time a cell [...] Related posts:

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Just Don’t Look at My Liver - MacDoctor

Nov 20, 2009

Sometimes you just shake you head in wonder at the complete pointlessness of some research… There is a prime example in the Herald today which declares Heavy drinking can cut risk of heart disease, says study. Drinking a bottle of wine a day, or half a dozen beers, cuts the risk of heart disease by more than [...] Related posts:

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Much Ado About Nothing - MacDoctor

Nov 20, 2009

The Herald journalist who produced yesterday’s spam continues his story about nothing today. Now he has a nice long rant from Ian Powell of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (senior doctor’s union). Not that Ian has bother to check his facts either. Despite a doubling in government spending on health in the past 10 years, [...] Related posts:

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Bad Doctor - MacDoctor

Nov 18, 2009

Just occasionally, when the media run a “bad doctor” story, the doctor is actually bad. Such is the story of Sajan Bhatia, the disgraced Southland urologist, who has apparently continued to practice as a doctor long after the medical council refused to renew his practicing certificate. This is the medical equivalent of a hanging offense. Bhatia [...] Related posts:

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Wrong Answers - MacDoctor

Nov 17, 2009

The sad story of the death of diabetic Mrs. Maureen Pineki is the subject of an even sadder report released by the Auckland DHB today. The reason it is sad is because it comes to almost the entirely wrong conclusions about this poor lady’s death. The report urges: RECOMMENDATIONS LABTESTS: Review systems to ensure timely testing, especially of [...] Related posts:

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Tip of the Iceberg - MacDoctor

Nov 17, 2009

Continuing on from yesterday’s post on PHO finances, I see that the Herald is running a follow up article suggesting that the wasted money in health is the “tip of the iceberg”. Maybe. But I suspect global health warming is melting it away. There is no doubt that there is excessive bureaucracy in the PHOs. Some [...] Related posts:

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Take Your Hands Off My Stash - MacDoctor

Nov 16, 2009

And with the the words of Pink Floyd’s Money echoing in our ears, we comment on the the Herald’s somewhat exaggerated headline GP clinics stash reserves of $115m. While the total is correct, the word stashed has the same pejorative meaning as Pink Floyd’s version – a pile of money that someone is hoarding. This [...] Related posts:

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Accidental Baby - MacDoctor

Nov 10, 2009

I have a great deal of misgiving about the attempt of a couple to claim under ACC for the accident of their daughter’s birth. Their daughter’s spina bifida (open spine at birth) was not discovered on ultrasound and, as the parents insist that they would have aborted her, if they had known, they are trying [...] Related posts:

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