Tag: abdomen

Healthcare Week: Describing the Problem

Healthcare is a huge topic. I’m going to try to define the problem and lay out thoughtful solutions over the next several days. We can all look at the report that came out several months ago and see a large part of the problem. 50.7 million people who live in the United States do not have health insurance. This is up to 16.7% of the total population in the United States. The number of Americans with private health insurance has dropped to 194 million people. (There are over 310 million people in the United States.) So, the question is, how do

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Our hospital systems are broken

On September 20, Mike Herrera checked into the waiting room at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas (the same hospital that Kennedy was brought to when he was shot). He was complaining of a stabbing sensation in his abdomen. The man collapsed 19 hours after he first checked in. Medical staff rushed to help Herrera but it was too late. He died. As a physician, let me say that my heart goes out to Mr. Herrera’s family and friends. It should never happen. There is simply no adequate excuse. Having trained at Parkland Hospital, I can say without a doubt that

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Working Day and Night

The great thing about being a trauma surgeon is that every day is different. It is never boring. The terrible thing about being a trauma surgeon is that every day is different and there is no predictability. Because of one gunshot wound to the abdomen, my partner and I operated for the better part of two nights. The patient is looking better. Now, off to Netroots.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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