A BMJ editorial suggested the “widespread non-adherence to clinical guidelines” about in-hospital cardiac arrests should promote “soul-searching”. I think something quite different is needed.
Don Dizon’s blog this week for the American Society of Clinical Oncology was about how he had to / chose to break bad news to another doctor’s patient.
Life expectancy for patients with CHF is worse than for any of the common cancers. Despite the advances:
This week’s ‘What your patient is thinking’ in the BMJ describes what it was like when someone who had been ‘in care’, Aine Kelly, started to access healthcare again.
Oops! It’s actually called the Cancer Drugs Fund, isn’t it! And it was supposed to be a British government initiative, not a Conservative Party vote winner.
This week in the BMJ, the excellent David Oliver collated some distressing data about hospital admissions and nursing and care home residents:
It’s all terrible, humanitarian-wise in Syria, isn’t it? Except that there are still some amazing doctors, Syrian and not-Syrian, who keep on helping in the most difficult of situations. Even while they are actively being targeted.
Instead of paying for a coffin which is only going to be used for just a few days, how about being buried in a bio-degradable ‘seed’ – small of ashes, larger to fit a foetal-position body?
Could a ‘fix’ for antibiotic prescribing actually reduce self-management? A GP practice in Hertfordshire just won an NHS Innovation prize for its nurse practitioner-led service offering CRP tests to patients attending with chesty coughs.