The Pestilence League Versus The Evil Vaccinations | ZDoggMD

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Good one.

via @precordialthump on twitter.

Doc Rob: Unplugging

I have made a very big decision: I am going to unplug myself from the internet world for a while.  That means that I am hanging up my blogging for now.

via Unplugging.

I’m not going to swipe any more of his post, go have a read.

He’s been a good, prolific blogger with smart thoughts expounded in an entertaining way.

I speak for many that I hope he returns with his humor and voice intact, but even if he doesn’t we’re the better for having had him for this long.

Thanks, Dr. Rob, and enjoy the Llamas.

Joint Commission – Anti-Safety in Action | WhiteCoat’s Call Room

“Severe pain can trigger suicide in hospital ERs” the headline reads. If they’re still calling it an “ER” you already know they’re clueless.

Since 1995, there have been 827 reports of patient suicides in the United States. Of those, about 14% are in non-behavioral health units, making a total of about 116 non-psychiatric inpatient suicides in 15 years.  That’s about 8 inpatient suicides per year out of 198 million inpatient days per year (644 inpatient days per 1000 population in US x 307 million US population) for a total chance of an inpatient committing suicide on any given day of … 1 in 24.75 million.  Now I admit that the numbers may be off by one in a couple million or so because reporting suicides is voluntary for hospitals, so not all suicides get reported.

via Joint Commission – Anti-Safety in Action | WhiteCoat’s Call Room.

Again, I went into medicine as I understood there would be little math.  Others are good at it, and thanks to White Coat for doing the heavy lifting.

Read his post, and enjoy the probably well-intentioned silliness.

And, marvel at what happens to every organization that outlasts its original mandate: it eventually has to keep ‘doing something’ to make all its parts relevant.  Unfortunately, what it does makes it more irrelevant than had they done nothing.

It must take a lot of fortitude to do nothing when that’s what is the right thing to do in these realms…which is why it seldom happens, if ever.