Monday, December 13, 2010

Wide Awake During Heart Surgery Saves Costs

WSJ -- In Bangalore a heart operation performed with a patient wide awake can keep costs down and speed up recovery.

HT: Jory

13 Comments:

At 12/13/2010 10:52 PM, Blogger SBVOR said...

WOW!

 
At 12/13/2010 10:52 PM, Blogger cluemeister said...

"hey doc, do you need me to hand you a scalpel?"

 
At 12/14/2010 10:30 AM, Blogger VangelV said...

Very cool. It is interesting to note how necessity and a shortage of resources has forced innovation to step in and create solutions.

 
At 12/14/2010 10:49 AM, Blogger juandos said...

I've watched this clip three times and I'll take the, "knock me out" path instead of this way...

 
At 12/14/2010 12:37 PM, Blogger Hydra said...

"I don't mind dying, I just don't want to be there when it happens."


Woody Allen

 
At 12/14/2010 12:49 PM, Blogger Benjamin said...

Jaundos-

You are a wimp.

Seriously, US medicine, funded by public dollars, has become ossified, and legalistic.

It nearly rivals the military in its coprolitic nature.

 
At 12/14/2010 5:31 PM, Blogger Don Culo said...

I'll bring my own 1/5th of Tequila and put myself to sleep. It will also save costs.

 
At 12/14/2010 6:52 PM, Blogger sethstorm said...

No thank you.

At best, it's a case of efficiency gone wrong. I'm not sure there are good words to say what it is at worst.

 
At 12/14/2010 10:58 PM, Blogger VangelV said...

At best, it's a case of efficiency gone wrong. I'm not sure there are good words to say what it is at worst.

You seem to think that there is enough money to pay for anesthesia and longer recovery times and still do all of the surgeries that need to be done. But that is not the case. By being more efficient the hospital can do more work and save more people. How is that bad?

 
At 12/15/2010 12:14 PM, Blogger juandos said...

No doubt about it psedudo benny, I'm a wimp and proud of it...

That whole notion of being awake when they crack the chest just makes me ill thinking about it...

 
At 12/15/2010 12:14 PM, Blogger juandos said...

No doubt about it psedudo benny, I'm a wimp and proud of it...

That whole notion of being awake when they crack the chest just makes me ill thinking about it...

 
At 12/15/2010 5:45 PM, Blogger sethstorm said...


You seem to think that there is enough money to pay for anesthesia and longer recovery times and still do all of the surgeries that need to be done. But that is not the case. By being more efficient the hospital can do more work and save more people. How is that bad?

With the same argument, you can argue that it is efficient to run factories that knowingly kill entire towns' worth of people.

 
At 12/15/2010 5:50 PM, Blogger VangelV said...

With the same argument, you can argue that it is efficient to run factories that knowingly kill entire towns' worth of people.

How do you figure that? What I am saying is that those doctors saved resources so that they could apply what was saved to do more operations and help more people. What you are saying is not clear.

 

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