Adverse drug events are now the fourth leading cause of death in hospitals.
It’s a reasonable bet they are an even greater cause of death in non-hospital settings where there is no one to monitor things going wrong and no one to intervene to save a life. In mental health, for instance, drug-induced problems are the leading cause of death — and these deaths happen in community rather than hospital settings.
There is also another drug crisis — we are failing to discover new drugs. [Read more...]
Long ago, in friendlier times, this blog ran a series of Modern Myths featuring Crusoe. The plan was for a lot more but life got serious. Rummaging through files I came across some drafts. This one was dated 2010 but the original might have been written a year or more before. It was clearly the […]
Samizdat is proud to announce the imminent birth of El Naufragio de lo Singular – a transformation into Spanish of Shipwreck of the Singular. The birth is expected before the end of September. The expectant parents welcome you to this post – the equivalent of a baby shower party. Baby showers may be primarily or […]
This post copies a letter sent to Michelle O’Neill and Jeffrey Donaldson, the leaders of the two largest parties in Northern Ireland. It was sent with the letters to Eluned Morgan in Wales and Johnny Mercer in England featured here and on RxISK last week. The image is of Newgrange on the shortest day of […]
This post features in a series of posts on the Politics of Care Forum. It sits alongside Can Politicians Save Us, Can Politicians Save the World as well as What’s a Life Worth, Once We Were Warriors and Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Doctor. There will be a follow-up post next week. The letter […]
There is an important post on RxISK – What’s a Life Worth? Its author, Tracey G, like Violetta in La Traviata would not describe herself as having led a perfect life. La Traviata is one of the all-time great operas and in Zeffirelli’s movie, with Teresa Statas, is beyond compelling – especially when Alfredo’s […]