Archives for February 17, 2011

Doctors decry poor ER conditions via YouTube – FierceHealthcare

Doctors at LaSalle Hospital in Montreal have turned the cameras on the “intolerable, unhygienic” state of their emergency rooms, reports CBC News. They’ve posted seven videos on YouTube and launched the website as part of an online campaign to demand improvements.

“We weren’t being heard,” said Dr. Fran├žois Langlais, one of the two physicians behind the campaign. “It was a last resort. It wasn’t something that we’re doing happily,” he told CBC.

via Doctors decry poor ER conditions via YouTube – FierceHealthcare.

Alerted to this story by AmedNews via Twitter ( @amednews ), I followed the link to their site (you’ll have read the Fierce Healthcare article to find the link).

I’ve watched the videos. I also listened, but as they’re in French and that’s not a language I even sort of understand, I’m not sure what all the fuss is about. There’s not much in the videos that is distressing to me (blocked fire exits are the biggest thing I saw), and it’s pretty cramped.

Some of the gear is worn but appears clean and functional. Yes, there are patient beds in the hall. From a visuals standpoint their facility looks quite a bit nicer than the one I work in.

So, anyone out there able to translate these and give me the gist of why these docs felt compelled to make youtube videos deploring their working conditions?

2010 Medical Weblog Awards Sponsored by Epocrates and Lenovo: Meet the Winners!

The winner of the Best Medical Weblog of 2010 is Scott Weingart’s EMCrit blog. This is the golden age for emergency medicine blogs and Scott, an Emergency Department Intensivist from New York City, writes of interesting issues for other clinicians in the field. EMCrit blog also features popular podcasts where Scott discusses procedures, checklists, and other practically useful knowledge for others rescuing people in the ER. We’d like to congratulate Scott on winning the most coveted award in the medical blogosphere.

via 2010 Medical Weblog Awards Sponsored by Epocrates and Lenovo: Meet the Winners!.

Go to MedGadget and meet all the winners, each truly deserving.

Kudos again to MedGadget for hosting this yearly! I was originally scheduled to judge, but life intervened, and was forced to back out, adding to the MedGadget burden. While you’re there, maybe drop them a line and say thanks for hosting?