Orlando hospitals didn’t charge the
victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting
for their treatment. Those wounded in
the tragedy collectively owed about
$5.5 million in medical bills, but local
hospitals announced they would write
off all out-of-pocket fees, saying “many
organizations, individuals and charities
have reached out to Orlando Health to
show their support. This is simply our
way of paying that kindness forward.” SourceSource 2
Now closed, this hospital acts as a location to film horror themed movies, T.V. shows and music videos. Movies and T.V shows like Buffy, Insidious 2, and Suicide Kings have been filmed here. It has also become the subject of several paranormal investigations.
Hospitals are now so short-staffed and underequipped that people are also dying needlessly because of a chronic lack of investment. The verdict, from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), will make embarrassing reading for David Cameron who denied the cash-strapped NHS is heading for its worst winter crisis.
Staff are too rushed to improve levels of care that have in many areas fallen below countries such as Turkey, Portugal and Poland. Almost 75,000 more doctors and nurses are needed to match standards in similar countries the OECD said in its annual Health at a Glance study comparing the quality of healthcare across 34 countries.
While access to care is “generally good” the quality of care in the UK is “poor to mediocre” across several key health areas, obesity levels are “dire” and the NHS struggles to get even the “basics” right, the report said citing a lack of investment over the last six years.
Britain was placed on a par with Chile and Poland as countries still lagging behind the best performers in survival following diagnosis for different types of cancer. The UK came 21st out of 23 countries on cervical cancer survival, 20th out of 23 countries on breast and bowel cancer survival and 19th out of 31 countries on stroke.
So every year I’ve been writing these lists of 100 things you learn in each year of medical school (Found here). I am incredibly excited this year to bring you my list of 100 Things You Learn in your Third Year of Medical School.
This list contains advice about how to function on the floor, how to study, and how to handle your work-life imbalance. Click through to find such advice as: • Whatever size scrubs you wear will be the least common size to find. Take as many pairs as you can find and stockpile them. • EVERY procedure in OB requires shoe covers. Better to not need them than to have forgotten them • Night shifts only come in two flavors: Insanely busy or so quiet you can not keep your eyes open. • The best residents will notice when you’re sitting around doing nothing and will send you home—the worst residents will forget you’re even there. • Falling asleep at 9pm is nothing to be ashamed of—in fact be proud of it. • Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Checking into a hospital can boost your chances of infection. That’s a disturbing paradox of modern medical care.
And it doesn’t matter where in the world you’re hospitalized. From the finest to the most rudimentary medical facilities, patients are vulnerable to new infections that have nothing to do with their original medical problem. These are referred to as healthcare-acquired infections, healthcare-associated infections or hospital-acquired infections. Many of them, like pneumonia or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), can be deadly.
The World Health Organization estimates that “each year, hundreds of millions of patients around the world are affected” by healthcare-acquired infections. In the United States, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in the Health and Human Services Department estimates that 1 in 25 inpatients has a hospital-related infection. In developing countries, estimates run higher.
Hospital bed safety railings are a major source of these infections. That’s what Constanza Correa, 33, and her colleagues have found in their research in Santiago, Chile. They’ve taken on the problem by replacing them, since 2013, with railings made of copper, an anti-microbial element.
Copper definitely wipes out microbes. “Bacteria, yeasts and viruses are rapidly killed on metallic copper surfaces, and the term "contact killing” has been coined for this process,“ wrote the authors of an article on copper inApplied and Environmental Microbiology. That knowledge has been around a very long time. The journal article cites an Egyptian medical text, written around 2600-2000 B.C., that cites the use of copper to sterilize chest wounds and drinking water.
*flashes lights* I WANNA BE HOSPITALISED! *flashes lights* I HATE HOSPITALS!
*flashes lights* I WANNA BE HOSPITALISED!
*flashes lights* I HATE HOSPITALS!
*flashes lights* I WANNA BE HOSPITALISED!
*flashes lights* I HATE HOSPITA-
I keep seeing this post about new fashionable hospital gowns.
As someone who has collectively spent months upon months in the hospital…fancy hospital gowns aren’t going to make a difference. They really aren’t. I understand the passion. I understand the desire to help make a difference. But this latest trend of making a hospital aesthetically pleasing is completely pointless. No patients’ lives are going to be better if they have a cool design on their hospital gown, which is probably going to end up being covered with bodily fluids anyway. Nobody’s going to be more relaxed or happier if their gown is a different color as opposed to light pastel green. Nobody’s going to look back on their time in the hospital and say, “You know what, everything else sucked, but darn it, those hospital gowns were so fashionable that they balance out the fact that I was puking up blood.”
Take it from someone who has practically grown up with the nearby children’s hospital as my second home, who has seen all of the quirky paintings on the walls and the Disney characters and the murals. They…they’re nice. To an extent. But not as much as you might think. If anything, they’re just going to set up triggers. I’m 22 and I still scowl every time I see Nemo because he was painted on the wall of the surgical elevator and the orderlies would have you find him when you were being wheeled to the OR. Didn’t help. At all.
I understand that abled people are trying to make hospitals more cheerful but believe me, there are far better things that you could invest your money in than making the hospital aesthetically pleasing.
Like play rooms. Invest in play rooms. Play rooms are the best.
Or, you know, life saving medical treatments and research.