Dr. Christopher Duntsch began his medical practice in 2010, The Texas Observer reports, and by the time the state revoked his license in 2013, a series of botched surgeries had left two of his patients dead and four paralyzed. The real tragedy of the story, according to the Texas Observer, is how preventable it was: "Over the course of 2012 and 2013, even as the Texas Medical Board and the hospitals he worked with received repeated complaints from a half-dozen doctors and lawyers begging them to take action, Duntsch continued to practice medicine. Doctors brought in to clean up his ...Read more ...
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WPTV reports that AEDs, if publicly available, could save thousands of lives each year. But despite two decades of efforts to expand public access to devices, they "remain unevenly distributed, according to a report from , often hidden away under lock and key, subject to a daunting patchwork of state regulations, mandates and laws, and tens of millions too few in number."
"In the 12 years since American troops first deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, more than 2.6 million veterans have returned home to a country largely unprepared to meet their needs. The government that sent them to war has failed on many levels to fulfill its obligations to these veterans as demanded by Congress and promised by both Republican and Democratic administrations, a News21 investigation has found."
The Fresno Bee reports: "The Fresno County Jail has been a place of terror and despair for mentally ill inmates who spiral deeper into madness because jail officials withhold their medication. About one in six jail inmates is sick enough to need antipsychotic drugs to control schizophrenia, bipolar disorders and other psychiatric conditions, but many sit for weeks in cells without medication previously prescribed by private doctors, say family members, lawyers and psychiatrists. If the inmates do get medication, it’s often at a lower dose or is a cheaper generic substitute that doesn’t work as well, they say."
"In New York, inmates diagnosed with 'serious' disorders should be protected from solitary confinement. But since that policy began, the number of inmates diagnosed with such disorders has dropped," according to a ProPublica report.
"A diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder is not a barrier to being redeployed. Not when the Army needs its most experienced soldiers to wrap up the war. Instead, the Army is trying to answer a new question: Who is resilient enough to return to Afghanistan, in spite of the demons they are still fighting?"
Don't believe the signs city officials have posted at the four outfall spots that dump raw sewage into the Potomac River. The truth is much worse.
Pennsylvania has more amusement park rides than any other state, and its governer has stated its rides are unmatched in safety because of the state's rigorous inspection program. But an investigation by PublicSource shows that the state agency that oversees amusement parks does not track the safety inspection reports that parks are required to file each month. According to PublicSource, "state records show that more than half of Pennsylvania’s permanent parks and water parks did not turn in all of their 2012 reports -- affidavits in which certified inspectors attest that they’ve performed the inspections required by law ...Read more ...
As long ago as 1900, a leading manufacturer of lead paint described lead as a ''deadly cumulative poison." Yet despite powerful evidence showing that paint makers knew for decades about the risks of household use of lead paint, the companies have scored dozens of courtroom victories over public agencies seeking funds for lead paint removal, according to a FairWarning investigation. Now the industry could be on the verge of a final victory in the trial of a marathon case brought by California cities and counties.
KUOW in Seattle reports that about 30 times per year, a sponge or surgical instrument is left inside a patient at a hospital in Washington state. Foreign ojects left behind are among the state's most common medical mistakes. Medical experts told KUOW such an event should never happen, at that the system in place to check for sponges and other equipment left behind is not straightforward. New technology exists to ensure such equipment is not left behind, but it is not widely used.