Tagged: Emergency Departments

Kidz Go Free… - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Dec 13, 2010

The Herald has a fascinating example of how statistics can be filtered through an agenda to say, more or less, what you want. The latest set of statistics from the Children’s Social Health Monitor have been interpreted by Prof Cindy Kiro and the current Children’s Commissioner, John Angus, to mean that the recession is having [...] Related posts: … Read More

The Real Problem - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Sep 19, 2010

The editorial in the Weekend Herald today is one of the more insightful commentaries on medicine I have seen. The Editor correctly points out that many of the percieved failings of the medical fraternity have little to do with the facilities, number of staff or quality of clinical acumen. In today’s paper, members of the [...] Related posts: … Read More

Organ Recitals - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Apr 08, 2010

There seems to be quite a lot of debate around the subject of organ donation at the moment. The Herald today warns people off looking for “bootleg kidneys“. The university of Victoria ran a conference yesterday on the issue and Eric Crampton at Offsetting Behaviour has run a series of articles here, here and here. [...] Related posts: … Read More

Two Tiers - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Jan 28, 2010

Dr Tim Parke, the clinical director of the adult emergency department at Auckland City Hospital, puts his concerns into an article in the Herald today. He writes that, in his opinion, the proposed use of public facilities for extra private procedures will produce a two tier system where, eventually, richer patients will have better medical [...] Related posts: … Read More

On the Turning Away - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Dec 15, 2009

The news that Timaru Emergency Department is “turning away” patients (actually, sending them to their GPs) is exciting Labour’s health spokesperson, the barely noticeable Ruth Dyson. Labour MP and health spokesperson Ruth Dyson believes essential frontline health services are being cut. “You can’t get much more frontline than the emergency department. The Government promised there would be [...] Related posts: … Read More

First Aid - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Dec 13, 2009

A recent high quality study in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that the use of intravenous drugs in out-of-hospital resuscitation does not lead to better survival rates – just more admissions to hospital. This is a significant finding for two reasons. First, it emphasises that good quality CPR and early access to [...] Related posts: … Read More

Correct Diagnosis - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Dec 12, 2009

It is always a tragedy when a young life is lost, but it is especially heart-wrenching when a young man dies from something you would not normally expect such a person to die from. Such is the case of Dean Carroll, the 22 year old who presented to an emergency department and left with a [...] Related posts: … Read More

Emergency Clairvoyance - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh 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: … Read More

Heart Hit - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 04, 2009

I read with some horror that a Herald on Sunday investigation has found an energy drink with 3333mg caffeine per litre in it. The Demon Energy Shot, which contains this horrendous amount of caffeine, gets around the Food Standard Authority regulations (which restricts caffeine to a level of 320mg per litre) by calling itself a [...] … Read More

Nobody Home - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Sep 27, 2009

The HoS reports that Waitakere Hospital’s emergency department closes its doors after 6.30 at night and emergencies are redirected to the Whitecross A&M or to North Shore Hospital, 25 minutes drive away. Actually, this is not news at all. Waitakere hospital has been doing this for nearly a year. The only thing that has changed is [...] … Read More