Medical Disaster


I think one could say that the American healthcare system is currently under a Renaissance. We’re trying to avoid medical disasters. These are patients who should do extremely well and should survive. Somehow, through negligence, through inattention to detail or through medical errors disaster strikes. Doctors are feeling pressure to change both from within and from outside of medicine. Everybody wants better outcomes. We want fewer complications. We want fewer deaths. On one hand, simply better attention to detail should help us down this path to better outcomes. On the other hand, we need better research, better protocols, better guidelines and better therapies to offer our patients.

The following is a tale of horror which can only be described as a medical disaster. I have no independent information other than what is presented in this article.

Mary Roseann Milne, 61, checked into Medical City Dallas on April 13, 2011 for an operation to correct an irregular heartbeat. The procedure, anĀ AV node ablation, is routine, at least as far as heart surgeries go, but something went wrong. Ten hours after her surgery began, Milne was pronounced dead. Continue reading

American male problem – mass violence

Just a couple of days ago, I mentioned that we had an American male problem in the US. We have a gun violence problem in the United States, too, which is almost 100% exclusively perpetrated by American males. So, yesterday, in a sleepy little town in Pennsylvania, instead of a mass shooting we have a mass stabbing. The basic underlying problem is the same. The weapon is different. We still have the complex interaction between the American male in some sort of psychiatric/mental disturbance.

From CNN:

A teenage boy wielding two kitchen knives went on a stabbing rampage at his high school in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, early Wednesday, before being tackled by an assistant principal, authorities said. Continue reading

John Pinette – Dead at age 50

Look, John Pinette wasn’t the picture of health, but he was funny. I caught him on HBO or Showtime a few years ago and his humor was all about food. He was funny. At times, fall-on-the-floor kind of funny. John over at Crooks and Liars has a very nice tribute.

From CNN (hey, look a story on CNN that isn’t about that flight 370):

Comedian John Pinette was found dead in a Pittsburgh hotel room Saturday, the Allegheny County medical examiner’s office said Monday. Continue reading