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Posted on 07/21/2010 10:52:36 AM PDT by george76
A schoolgirl suffered multiple organ failure and four heart attacks just days after doctors sent her home with paracetamol and told her to take 'plenty of rest', an inquest heard.
Amy Carter, 15, begged doctors not to discharge her, telling them 'I'm dying' but medics assured her she would be fine.
She developed septicaemia after being released by doctors who had diagnosed her with glandular fever. Two days later on Christmas Eve, Amy - who had not been able to eat for 19 days and weighed just six stone - was taken to hospital and died hours later.
Amy was discharged by the Worcestershire Royal Hospital before results of blood tests and a throat swab were known - the swab later revealed bacteria that entered her bloodstream and triggered septicaemia.
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Parents' fury as teenage daughter dies just days after doctors sent her home and 'told her to take paracetamol'
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Were this my child the life expectancy of the doctors who did this would be measured in hours.
Hey, another win for socialized medicine. Its a wonder they wasted all that treatment on her, they could have just as easily killed right off and saved a fortune. Sick people suck (I believe Mr. Skittles said that). Blue pill or red pill?
Lead poisoning, don’cha know.
And that's BEFORE Obamacare. Went to another neurologist who said he couldn't find anything so it was probably "conversion disorder" that would be helped by physical therapy. That at least put us on the right tract. Long story short, several sessions with physical therapists and chiropractor, and she's able to function again.
Sorry, track, not tract.
That’s outrageous that they sent her home. I was septic after my appendix ruptured many years ago and was sent home, too, because I was misdiagnosed. I then was rushed back to the hopsital two days later and finally got a correct diagnosis. I credit God, my surgeon and the good healthcare in this country for allowing me to survive it. Prayers to the kid’s family.
You’re telling a very different story than this article, though. You had the ability to go to various specialists - who were having trouble diagnosing her, and you finally struck on a right answer. The child in the article had no choice but to go home and die - and THAT’s medicine under Obamacare.
Oh yeah, The tomato brains here want to pattern our health care after these tomato brains. Sounds about right.
Well, she did save someone money by just taking a pill and dying.
That’s what it’s all about.
Got to keep that money saved to further the cause.
What is the problem here? This girl’s end-of-life care was managed very efficiently, and cost the NIH only a few hundred dollars. There is no way the US health-care system could have dealt with this case for even ten times that price.
She was clogging up a bed and costing them money. They wanted her out of the hospital.
Medical decisions take the backseat to budget decisions.
Welcome to Obamacare.
I feel sorry for the doctors.....imagine studying all those years and devoting your life to helping people and then being told who, what,when,how, and how much by the desk sitters....
I had to look up some of the terminology. “Glandular fever” is what Brits call “mononucleosis.” The article said she had that, plus pneumonia; yet they sent her home.
Septicemia is when a baterial infection in one locale in the body gets into the bloodstream and starts to overwhelm the entire body, resulting in a very rapid decline and death. Some of the symptoms are a failure to produce urine and red blotches on the skin.
Good point. Thanks.
Shrug. What are ya gonna do? Mistakes will happen.
Before Obamacare was passed, we were working with an internal medicine specialist, who said she would probably have to leave the country to practice medicine the way she believed it should be practiced. Only problem was, she wasn’t sure where she could go that didn’t have socialized medicine.
This is the kind of thing I see a lot in medicine here - the docs saw a young teen, feeling lousy, fatigued, and heard hoofbeats, and assumed it was mono. A reasonable suggestion, but they didn’t consider the differential diagnosis, the list of all the things it COULD be.
So, there is a saying in medicine that “when you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras.” Which goes to show why you shouldn’t practice medicine based on sayings or rules-of-thumb, aka heuristics. Because you’ll be wrong a certain percentage of the time.
That’s why I always tell people that I want my doctors to be like Dr. House. :-) I don’t care how nasty they are to me as long as they are curious and skeptical of the most likely scenario.
Oh, and atheist helps too - i don’t want my Doctor thinking, “well, she’s going to a better place.” I want my doctor thinking that this IS the best place. :-)
The National Health Service (NHS) is free at the point of use for the patient though there are charges associated with eye tests, dental care, prescriptions, and many aspects of personal care.
The NHS provides the majority of healthcare in England, including primary care, in-patient care, long-term healthcare, ophthalmology and dentistry. The National Health Service Act 1946 came into effect on 5 July 1948. Private health care has continued parallel to the NHS, paid for largely by private insurance, but it is used by less than 8% of the population, and generally as a top-up to NHS services. Recently there have been some examples where unused private sector capacity has been used to increase NHS capacity and in some cases the NHS has commissioned the private sector to establish and run new facilities on a sub contracted basis. Some new capital programs have been financed through the private finance initiative. The involvement of the private sector remains relatively small yet, according to one survey by the BMA, a large proportion of the public oppose such involvement.
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Parents’ fury as teenage daughter dies just days after doctors sent her home and ‘told her to go home and die’
I agree; most doctors do not take a full history and review of symptoms, but merely go after the topmost layer. The several times I have had a life-threatening organic condition in my lifetime, including a bleeding internal rupture, every time I was sent home the first or second or third time with no diagnosis, or was offered antacids or anti-depressants.
The latest medical odyssey in our extended family was a fairly common yet physically devastating condition that my family member suggested to the doctors that she had — because it runs in her side of the family — but it took six years to get an “official” diagnosis, and two years to get the correct dose of medication — just as the economy was going south and her need for enough health and energy to save her work situation was critical. Her professional and personal losses were substantial, and she couldn’t even make a claim on her disability policy because by the time the four doctors involved realized just how bad it looked, they were unwilling to admit it for the record, and she was by then too strapped to undergo the stress of suing them.
They just don’t have time to listen any more. How many of us are similarly out of patience?
You’re making an important point. This case is an example of a situation where the physician would have to go outside the protocol and keep the patient on either a hunch, or personal knowledge of what “normal” is for that patient and an awareness that she doesn’t look normal. Hunches generally don’t make hospitalists popular with their masters, and a system that destroys the concept of a personal doctor/patient relationship pretty much eliminates the second possibility.
Whether she’d have survived even with immediate antibiotic treatment is an open question, but the case does illustrate the potential systemic flaws when the “doctor as patient advocate” aspect of medicine is lost.
Brought here, courtesy of Dr. “Just-take-a-pain-pill” Mengele...oops...Obama.
That is coming too, as are "at gun point" demands to treat sick family members like the movie John Q.
Hospitals will then be equipped with TSA-like ObamaCare security screeners, and this will likely be used as another excuse to attack the 2nd Amendment.
The flip side is to do 1000 tests for the common cold...
I am terribly sorry that your daughter suffered so much, but, honestly, ( as a health professional myself) sometimes we just aren’t able to make a diagnosis.
I am pleased that you were able to find the help that she needed to get well. Also...Please remember that sometimes people get better, on their own, and the treatment prescribed had nothing to do with the recovery.
“I’m in love with the British health care system.”
Yes, I realize that. We were mainly frustrated with the neurologist who, in the face of, to us, obvious symptoms, could not see that ANYTHING was even wrong.
Next time, though, we’re starting with the chiropractor. :-)
>> The flip side is to do 1000 tests for the common cold...
That’s not the flip side. But 1000 tests are still better than death.
FYI - paracetamol = acetaminophen = Tylenol
1000 tests make money for the hospitals. Unless you are paying for your own bills, don’t expect perfect health care.
Thank-you. Can you tell us how much six stones is?
14 x 6 lbs = 84lbs
Stone = 14 lbs
I get your point, although it was a bit extreme.
Litigation has obviously put medicine on defense requiring the battery of tests you described.
One of the best(if not the best)cardiologist I have had, had the bedside manner of a certified a**hole but he kept me alive and allowed me to live a comfortable, normal life. Drs I had before him weren’t that good. The one I have now(the a**hole quit medicine for health reasons)I keep in line by telling him what the other guy said(they were colleagues) and it works.:) Personality isn’t always conducive to being a good doctor.
I’m probably oversensitive. My wife works as an RN...every night she sees patients getting admitted for 3-5 days and a large battery of tests, all paid for by the Arizona taxpayer.
Stomach ache? Paid for by Arizona? Expect 5 days in the hospital, exploratory surgery, multiple tests - all to ensure the patient gets proper care, of course.
Patients with private insurance don’t get approved for that sort of thing.
the girl died.
the socialized medical system worked EXACTLY as designed.
This is what Obama and his medical rationing czar are bringing to America.
Wow, how Christian of you.
“FWIW, glandular fever is the British name for mononucleosis.”
Thanks, I was wondering about that
well - it was free, and they did give her pills.
More than once my doctor said you have "X" take this pill and see me in a week if you don't get better.
Damn near died several years ago after getting some digestitional problem where I was passing blood by the buckets and could not even hold down glass of water. My doctor (who no longer is my doctor) told me I had a large intestine ulcer and to modify my diet and it would clear up.
After a week, I checked myself into a hospital because I was so weak I could barely get out of bed to crawl to the bathroom anymore
Turned out I had some nasty bacterial infection which was tearing up my guts. Lost almost 25 pounds in two weeks.
Atheist doctors have only the numbers to believe in. If there's only a 1% chance of survival they are inclined to pull the plug.