Archives for November 28, 2007

Olive View ED Triage Death: MI

For background (and some interesting comments from interested parties) see How in the World does this happen? and More on the LA death:

Via the LATimes:

Untreated Olive View patient died of a heart attack

By Jack Leonard
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
November 28, 2007
An L.A. County coroner’s spokesman confirmed Tuesday that a 33-year-old man who collapsed and died last month after waiting more than three hours at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center to be treated for chest pains had had a heart attack.
The county-run hospital in Sylmar had failed to administer a simple test to check whether Christopher Jones was having a heart attack when he walked into the emergency room Oct. 28.

Within days of Jones’ death, the county Department of Health Services announced that it was taking steps to fire the triage nurse responsible for evaluating Jones. State investigators are continuing to review the case to determine whether the hospital provided adequate treatment.

Craig Harvey, operations chief for the county coroner’s office, said Jones died from a blood clot and coronary heart disease. Pathologists also found that he had an enlarged heart.

There’s more, but it’s mostly a rehash of things already discussed (i.e., get an EKG machine and use it if your ED triages chest pain to the waiting room).

So, now we know.  And it’s fully as bad as feared.

Concentrated Navel Gazing

That’s a term for blogging about blogging, or in this case, blogging about the actions behind the scenes of the blog.

I just added SpamKarma2 due to an increasing (and tedious) amount of comment spam to this nearly-anonymous blog. I tell you this so that, should your comment get bounced, I sincerely want you to tell me. Hit the ‘contact’ form and a) email me your comment and b) to let me know f it’s working against me / us.

Now back to the irregular, unscheduled programming.

Updated: now disabled. It caused some terribly bizarre behavior, and is off.

Update2 (11-28@2230): Back on.  The weirdness from last night was reported to be ‘server overload’ that had nothing to do with Spam Karma.  So, again, lemme know if it does something untoward.

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