Laws from Lawsuits

Admittedly, this is a tough situation to talk about.  Brandon Harris, a mentally challenged 25 year-old man, unexpectedly died during a routine sleep study.   The case is in court now because the family feels the hospital could have done more to prevent the guy from dying.  It is sad but the fact is that this is a very RARE incident.  Nothing like this had happened at the site in 15,000 studies.   In fact, no one has even seen something like this happen before.  Brandon was obese and had congestive heart failure, cardiomyopathy, diabetes and high blood pressure.   The case hasn’t even been settled yet a Georgia State named Senator Vincent Fort “appeared with members of Harris’ family at a press conference to introduce a bill that would require 24-hour surveillance and CPR training for staff at sleep study facilities”.  Whether I think better systems and training for these facilities is a good idea (I do) is irrelevant. The bottom line is that one incident should not create mandates.  We should not let lawsuits create laws.   This just increases the cost of our depleted healthcare system.  We need impartial experts and groups of informed people to meet and make proper decisions so that we don’t make rash, emotional and costly changes.  I feel bad for Brandon.  I feel bad for the mom but hey, who made the kid obese and sick in the first place?

 
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Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected]

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2 Responses

  1. Pat says:

    Once again, outcome defines “guilt.”

  2. John Parkin says:

    Why bother with sleep studies since everyone who gets one ends up on CPAP anyway ? esp

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