hospitals

  1. Extra pounds, extra hospital visits

    Obesity adds to hospital risk

    Think hospitals are crowded and chaotic now? Just wait a few years! U.S. hospitals are going to need more doctors, more rooms, and more beds -- along with bigger beds, wider doors, and sturdier ambulances.

    And this one has nothing to do with Obamacare... and everything to do with McDonaldsCare.

    Yes, the modern fast food lifestyle hasn't just made people fatter. It's made us sicker. That much is obvious, and it goes without saying that the overweight and obese are clogging up doctor's offices and emergency rooms.

    What may not be so obvious is how every inch on your waistline will increase YOUR odds of ending up in the ER for things like diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, asthma, and chest pain.

    So I've got some numbers for you from a new study. Let's start with 1 and 4. For every one-point increase on the BMI chart, your risk of hospitalization increases by 4 percent.

    Small? Maybe... if you're just 1 point over the line.

    But millions of people left "normal" 5 or 10 points behind -- and for them, that means the increased risk is between 20 percent and 40 percent. And that's why, overall, 203 out of every 1,000 overweight and obese men will find themselves in the hospital over any two-year period, compared to just 120 per 1,000 among those of normal weight.

    For obese women, it's 183 per 1,000 among the overweight and obese, versus 103 per 1,000 among those of normal weights.

    And this is only the beginning. With a third of Americans now overweight and another 35 percent obese, hospitals are going to start to resemble plus-sized resorts.

    Call it the new Club Med.

    That leaves you with a choice, one you have to make right now. You can join your fellow Americans in McDonaldsCare and fight for one of those spare hospital beds, or you can take care of yourself now and stay out of the hospital completely.

    Sounds like an easy choice to me.

  2. The doctors of the future are DUMB

    There's a simple way to stop the spread of disease in hospitals, where drug-resistant germs are running so rampant they're practically taking over: Wash your darned hands.

    Yet when it comes to this basic step -- a step we all learned in preschool -- today's leading medical students get an "F."

    Only a third of students surveyed at Germany's Hannover Medical School were able to name the five situations in which they need to wash their hands.

    For the record, the correct answers are: before contact with a patient, before preparing IV fluids, after removing gloves, after touching the patient's bed, and after contact with vomit.

    I hope all of them at least got that last one right -- and if you think any of this is limited to German medical students, you're kidding yourself.

    Heck, even our full-grown docs with walls full of degrees and years of experience fail at basic hygiene more often than you'd ever want to know. In some studies, they've been caught red-handed not washing their hands after using the bathroom... even when someone was in the same restroom watching them!

    It's not just disgusting -- it's reprehensible. People go into hospitals and die every day not because of the condition that brought them there... but because of infections they picked up IN THE HOSPITAL.

    Some 1.7 million patients suffer from hospital-acquired infections in the United States every single year -- and close to 100,000 of them DIE because of those infections.

    That's even more than the number of people killed each year by traffic accidents and drug overdoses combined!

    Many of these infections and deaths can be prevented with simple common-sense hygiene -- yet neither the doctors of today nor the doctors of tomorrow seem to know what that means.

  3. Clean your room with H202

    Here's another one from the "everything old is new again" file: Plain old hydrogen peroxide is about to make a big-time comeback.
  4. Selling surgery through robots

    Since then, men have wised up big-time -- and the smart ones are passing on surgery and even skipping prostate screenings altogether. So if a hospital can't convince men they need prostate surgery... how can they keep raking in cash off this needless, life-wrecking procedure?
  5. Wakeup call for ER docs

    Sometimes, I don't know who's in worse shape: hospital patients -- or the residents who treat them!
  6. The unbelievable surge in medical mistakes

    If you're sick or injured, the last place you want to be is a hospital, where up to a third of all patients are victim of some form of medical screw-up, according to a new study.
  7. Hospitals are death traps

    New government numbers prove that zoo animals get better care than America's seniors -- because one in seven hospitalized Medicare patients suffer from serious medical mistakes.
  8. Why your physician is a filthy pig

    It's no secret that hospitals are the most dangerous places on the planet. But it's not because of the sick patients – it's because of the doctors who are treating them.
  9. Choosing a hospital, a matter of life and death

    A new study released by the independent healthcare ratings organization HealthGrades says that the country's top hospitals have a death rate more than 27% lower than other hospitals.
  10. Hospitals send illegals back where they belong

    The New York Times reported recently that "U.S. hospitals are taking it upon themselves to repatriate seriously injured or ill immigrants because they cannot find nursing homes willing to accept them without insurance."

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