Thursday, January 03, 2008

Thursday Morning Ramblings

One of the things that people hate most about government is its lack of common sense. Driven by lawyers who glorify the small print over logic, many programs whose sole intent was to help people or prevent injury have been terminated or eliminated. Orac at Respectful Insolence (a site I have more respect for than he does for my profession) has today's blood pressure raising article. It seems that the Office for Human Research Protection closed down an experimental program for preventing infection in intensive care units in hospitals because it involved a checklist that reminded doctors to wash their hands and wear gloves and that by tracking the checklist without informed consent of the patients was scientifically unethical. I guess dying of a preventable infection is better.

California's children aren't doing so well. Health care is the major issue and the increased incidences of morbidly obese children isn't helped by the fact that 7% of kids have no health insurance. But they do have high blood pressure, diabetes, breathing issues and knee and back pain, which used to be the province of the middle aged and elderly. Kids always want to grow up so quickly but I'm pretty sure this isn't what they really meant.

You're no good, or at least your dollars aren't if you want to visit the Taj Mahal. The dollar has dropped so far in relation to the rupee that it isn't worth the hassle to take more than one currency at India's tourist sites. How bad is the drop? Well, instead of $5 per person, it is now $20 per person. Yup, our economy is going gangbusters. Into the toilet.

Texas never really got over being replaced as the largest state in the Union so it decided to be number one in different categories. Unfortunately that would be exonerations of innocent citizens in wrongful conviction cases and the leader in executions. The odds are that there is some overlap. And yes, I do consider the death penalty to be torture.


  1. What I can't understand are all the hospital personnel traveling to and leaving from the hospital in their scrubs! YES - THEY'RE WEARING SCRUBS FROM OUTSIDE THE HOSPITAL *into* THE HOSPITAL!

    Did they never hear of nosocomial infections? Do they think wearing dirty scrubs home is sanitary? Do we want germs from *in* the hospital coming home on the bus???

    Every hospital where I've seen personnel wearing scrubs outside has refused to talk about it with me.

    Hmmmmmm, I wonder why?

  2. That is a most excellent question. Why aren't all the water fountains and washing stations operated by foot pump? I remember when hospitals used to smell clean, not stuffy. The old Santa Clara Kaiser used to reek of old meals, as if there was no air exchange. Maybe a few open windows aren't as bad they think.