"Avoid hospitals in July like the plague."

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Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 4/11/2011 8:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I thought this was interesting:
"If you can, stay out of the hospital during the summer, especially July. That's the month when medical students become interns, interns become residents, and residents become fellows and full-fledged doctors. In other words, a good portion of the staff at any given teaching hospital is new on the job.
Summer hospital horror stories aren't just medical lore: The adjusted mortality rate rises 4% in July and August for the average major teaching hospital, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. That means eight to 14 more deaths occur at major teaching hospitals than would normally without the turnover.
Another scheduling tip: Try to book surgeries first thing in the morning and preferably early in the week, when doctors are at their best and before schedules get backed up."

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   Posted 4/11/2011 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
avoid cliches like the plague.
age: 56
PSA on 12/09: 6.8
gleason 3+4 = 7
received 3rd and last lupron shot 9/14/10
2/8/11 PSA <.1, T= 6 ng/dl

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   Posted 4/11/2011 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
i read that same article previously, and personally, was too full of generalaities for my liking. more like medical filler news.
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 2/11 1.24
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/10,

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   Posted 4/11/2011 1:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Steve, that was interesting, particularly the sections about billing errors and insurance glitches. I thought it worth printing and keeping for future reference. The threat of hospital-acquired infections (#2) is, in my opinion, a hospitalization risk way underestimated by most people.

Thanks for posting.


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   Posted 4/11/2011 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   

You beat me to it ... that's the first thing I thought when I saw this thread title ...

good for a laugh ...


Worried Guy
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   Posted 4/11/2011 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
From personal experience I can say I am never at my best first thing in the morning on a Monday.
I'd say it takes until Wednesday at 10 AM for me to peak. Then I have lunch and it's all downhill from there.


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   Posted 4/12/2011 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Another "intelligent" discussion.
Age: 61 (58 at diagnosis - June, 2008)
April '08 PSA 4.8 ("free PSA" 7.9), up from 3.5 year prior
June '08 had biopsy, 2 days later told results positive but in less than 1% of sample (Gleason's 3+3=6)
Developed sepsis 2 days post-biopsy, seriously ill in hospital for 3 days
Dr. recommended robotic removal using da Vinci; Surgery 9/10/08
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL; Dr. Robert Nadler, Urologist/Surgeon
Post-Op Gleason's: 3+3, Tertiary 4; Margins: Free ; Bladder & Urethral: Free
Seminal vesicles: Not involved; Lymphatic/Vascular Invasion: Not involved
Tumor: T2c; location: Bilateral; Volume: 20%; Catheter: Removed 12-days after surgery
Incontinent: Yes (1 to 2 light (woman's style) pad per day)
ED: Combination of Cialis and MUSE (alprostadil) once weekly: started 9-27-08
Returned to work 9-29-08 (18-19 days post-op)
PSA test result, post-op, 10/08: 0.0; 12/08: 0.0; 4/09: 0.0; 9/09: 0.0; 3/10: 0.0; 9/10: 0.0
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