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How Many Die From Medical Mistakes In U.S. Hospitals?
From our Washington News Bureau, Propublica, Story By Marshall Allen, Photo Illustration by Tiki Parrot
It seems that every time researchers estimate how often a medical mistake contributes to a hospital patient’s death, the numbers come out worse.
In 1999, the Institute of Medicine published the famous “To Err Is Human” report, which dropped a bombshell on the medical community by reporting that up to 98,000 people a year die because of mistakes in hospitals. The number was initially disputed, but is now widely accepted by doctors and hospital officials — and quoted ubiquitously in the media.
In 2010, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services said that bad hospital care contributed to the deaths of 180,000 patients in Medicare alone in a given year.
Now comes a study in the current issue of the Journal of Patient Safety that says the numbers may be much higher — between 210,000 and 440,000 patients each year who go to the hospital for care suffer some type of preventable harm that contributes to their death, the study says. -
The purpose of a tatoo is to send a message. Whether a message is effective or not depends on the interpretation. To the left is Tiffany, whose Zombie is ripping the skin apart in an effort to leave the beauty's body. The pale gentlemen to the right has an olio of tat art, which gives a multi-purpose communication, with straight forward purpose. Sun photographer Tiki Parrot captured both pictures. He created the humorous title art for the female tat, but drew a blank for the man.
Phillie Feds Think Bumper Sticker Is Real
Arrest Musician and Her Banjo
Emily Yates, who claims to have put her life on the line for her country in Iraq, is shown in a video with her banjo in the Independence Hall park. The clip shows a federal park policeman asking her words to the effect, "So you refuse to leave?" Ms. Yate's reply is to the effect, "Tell me why I have to go and I'll leave."
This is followed by the banjo player being grabbed by the arresting officers. The instrument is banged hard against a park bench. As Ms. Yates protests her innocence, an officer tells her to "Stop Kicking." The instrument and Ms. Yates continue to chafe the bench top rail as she tries to pull her hand free. An officer is shown applying an offensive martial-arts move to the woman's left shoulder. Ms. Yates releases three screeching painful sounding screams for help as the officer re-administers the martial arts offensive pressure to the shoulder two more times.
Clearwater Sun publisher Charles Perry has claimed responsibility for the arrest.
"It's my fault. I had that bumper-sticker on my car for years. 'Play a banjo, go to jail.' I though everyone knew it was a joke.
"In my opinion two things went wrong here," Mr. Perrry continued. "First, the feds over-reacted. It's like the federal beach on Cape Cod. Nude sunbathing is against the law. A woman gets caught sunbathing naked. They don't run her in. She gets a $75 ticket.
"Second, Miss Yates, doesn't know the law. There is a crime in this country called 'Contempt of Cop.' - You won't find it on the books, but it exists. - She was grandstanding for the camera. The video starts with a lot of cops responding. Something happened earlier which you don't see. Here three doses of pain were administered and an instrument was abused.
"The point to remember in this age of video is reality T.V. is not to be used to bait the cops. In fact, I would debate that reality TV is not even an aesthetic art form." But don't use the camera in an effort to create a situation." - Link to Video - Kody Moe
DON'T THROW AWAY THAT JUNK MAIL!!!!
NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is sending a survey to random families in Clearwater. Doesn't take long to answer. There're questions about the weather (that's a NOAA weather station orbiting the Earth in the photo to the left) and questions about how you experience the world's oceans.
And if you're lucky enough to get one of the random surveys, you'll find TWO CRISP ONE DOLLAR BILLS inside.
NOAA is the government agency made famous in a series of books by Clive Cussler in which a swashbuckling employee, Dirk Pitt, collects rare cars, planes and a bathtub. The author writes himself in the series as a minor character. Mr. Cussler actually owns many of Dirk Pitt's rare autos, including this Maybach Zeppelin. Photo by Späth Chr
Jessica Montilla, a local occupational therapy student, was lucky enough to open the NOAA junk mail. "I could not believe the cash drifting onto the floor." Asked what she was going to do with the Washingtons, Miss Montilla said, "My mom filled out the survey, so she kept the bucks." - Kody Moe
The Whistle Stop
A Showcase For Musical Talent
The Whistle Stop outdoor cafe showcases a multitude of musical talent including Steve Grant, left, a guitar-player - singer whose song list features a rich mix of classic rock, alternating with great country sounds.
Every Wednesday features an appearance by the house band, The Back Porch Players, a virtual incubator of local talent.
Thursday night is open mike and provides a glimpse of the evolving musical talent from the Pinellas area.
One recent act was Rebecca Zapen, a hot looking violinist who plays hot music to crowds enchanted by her magical charm. Rebecca's song "Colorado" was selected for The Alternate Root's 'Women Only' sampler. (Click here to listen to the sampler: Alternate Root's 'Women Only' Sampler).
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LISA INSERRA TAPPED TO TEACH
VIDEO PRODUCTION CLASS AT
ST. PETE COLLEGE
Lisa Inserra, a video producer of top end videos for corporate executives for Cox Media (affiliated with Valuepak), is the new professor of digital media at the Seminole campus.
The teacher, who has a masters degree in film and television production from an academy of art and design in Savannah, is known for requiring students to engage in hands-on production. In fact, her class produced a short news interview segment using three television cameras, and professional sound equipment.
In addition to teaching Studio Production and Direction, she also teaches Survey of Digital Video. Tony Cerano, who transferred to St. Petersburg College from a local for profit arts school praised her teaching ability. "All we did was write essays about three point lighting. Professor Inserra had us do actually three point lighting in the school's television studio. It's nice being in a real video instruction program."
by Kathy Baird and Tiki Parrot. Professor Eric Hulsizer in SPC studio:
on the War on Poverty!?
Sorties From Faux News Rep. & Clearwater Lawmen
Tucker Carlson, son of an heir to Swanson Foods and an ambassador, graduate of Trinity College, and Fox News talent speaks out on the evils of “cheap student loans.” Mr. Carlson was raised in an affluent seaside community and is well familiar with the need for a labor market.
The quote was recently featured on the Doonesbury comic strip page of Slate E-zine in a segment entitled “Say What?”
Don’t Sit-on-the-Curb Law
Clearwater’s criminalization of sitting on curbs and sidewalks, adopted by the City Council last year, is being enforced. The law applies to the beach area, the downtown and the “gateway” area, which extends from Cleveland Street along Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard to Highland Avenue.
The law bans bottoms on curbs adjacent to private property as well. The use of personal chairs is also a violation subject to charges.
Local resident John Boston criticized the law:
“It’s just designed to cover up the problem, to hide the poor. Build them some housing instead!”
Kickbacks for Docs
Propublica story - click here for more)
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