Socialized Medicine

Even with bad antennae, Apple would have to be more competent than Washington:

Via: Wall Street Journal, Opinion Journal 8/19/10


suture needle

Tired of the long wait in ER, a Swedish man sewed up the cut in his leg, using a needle and thread that hospital staff had set out.

It took such a long time,” the man told the local Sundsvall Tidning daily.

The man incurred the deep cut when he sliced his leg on the sharp edge of a kitchen stove while he was renovating at home.

“I first went to the health clinic, but it was closed. So I rang the medical help line and they told me that it shouldn’t be closed, so I went to emergency and sat there,” the man named only as Jonas told the newspaper.

The hospital staff were not amused, and reported him to the police for “arbitrary conduct” in having used the hospital’s equipment without authorization.

While Jonas admitted to the newspaper that he has no prior experience of sewing up himself he sought to play down the fuss that his handiwork has caused, arguing that “through the ages people have always sewn themselves up”.

via Jonas, 32, sewed up his own leg after ER wait – The Local.

After 29 findings of malpractice, a surgeon who lost the right to operate in Norway is now working at a hospital in Sweden.

Danish doctor Johanne Krogh, 62, has become synonymous in Norway with medical malpractice after a series of high profile incidents that changed patients’ lives for the worse.

In one case, she stormed out on a bleeding patient in the middle of a surgical procedure after losing her temper with a colleague in the operating theatre. The incident necessitated two further corrective operations for the patient, who later died after a wound became infected.

Also, several of her hip patients reported her to the authorities after emerging from the operating room with legs differing in length by up to four centimetres.

Calls to mind the old Norwegian joke:  Why couldn’t Christ have been born in Norway?  There wouldn’t have been three wise men to come from the east.

via ‘Worst doctor in Norway’ working in Sweden – The Local.