Medical Notes: Week of May 26, 2019

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of May 26, 2019.

Mental Health in the ER

Many people having a mental health crisis go to the emergency room. However, ER’s are not well equipped to handle them, and many patients are boarded there for hours or even days without treatment. Experts discuss the reasons for the failure, the outcomes it produces, and solutions that have been successful in limited trials.

18-49 Segment 1: ICU Inefficiency

With monitors surveying every part of patients’ bodies, hospital intensive care units appear to be a model of high tech. But systems engineers say ICU’s are actually models of inefficiency because few of those high tech devices talk to each other. Experts discuss how ICU’s could be improved to save lives.

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18-14 Segment 1: The Price Consequences of Doctor Consolidation

Experts discuss the incentives that have prompted the consolidation of hospitals and independent doctors, the affects it has had on the cost of healthcare, and moves to eliminate them.

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18-12 Segment 1: Hospitals and Housing

Experts discuss their “housing first” approach that does not require people to get off addictions before they get an apartment and how it is helping to reduce healthcare costs.