ACP Internist's wrap-up of current events continues with a look at Haitian relief. Haiti, which felt another earthquake this morning, is home to one of the world's best rural hospitals, a model copied globally. In the face of disaster, it has been overwhelmed. While that facility was built in Haiti's Central Plateau, another hospital was founded where none had been before in Thomassique, across a major river in Haiti. Founder and internist Gilbert Irwin, MD, expects a flood of patients seeking health care after being turned away from the Dominican Republic. Doctors in the capital, Port-au-Prince, reported peaceful conditions, but internist Jonathan Crocker, MD, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center reported busy conditions as medical workers ramp up their efforts. (Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, Star-Exponent, Harvard Gazette)
Health care reform
Massachusetts voters chose their Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, fueled by discontent with health care reform efforts so far. The swing breaks the filibuster-proof majority Democrats held while pushing legislation through, and leaves future efforts vulnerable to procedural stonewalling. Amid unpalatable options, what's left is finding a bi-partisan way to move forward. (Boston Globe, Politico, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post)
In case you missed it ...
This may come up professionally, from a patient. This may come up personally. But finally, someone has developed a decision tree whether one should eat food that's been dropped on the floor. More than the five-second rule is involved.(San Francisco Weekly)