Emergency Room Costs for Mentally Ill Soar…

Mental Illness can be cause by chronic medical conditions, medications....
Mental Illness can be cause by chronic medical conditions, medications….

Is this disruptive healthcare? Is this quality care? Is this good care? Are the benefits worth the risks? Those are my initial questions of this New York Times article. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/26/health/er-costs-for-mentally-ill-soar-and-hospitals-seek-better-way.html?smid=pl-share My appreciation to Valeria Bilby for sharing such a very interesting article about a pilot program for the mentally ill in North Carolina.

Psychiatrist suck at psychology. Often both psychiatrist and psychologist are in dire need of MENTAL HELP themselves. Why would paramedics be better at identifying and triaging people severe mental illness? What safeguards are in place to ensure these unskilled professional do not misdiagnosis causing more harm than good? In the article the main diagnosis is “psychosis.”

Psychosis is a sign of illness usually severe mental illness in someone with a history of mental illness. Moreover, medications used to treat mental illness can cause psychosis, so can other non-psyche medications. Other causes of psychosis include but are not limited to head trauma, infection, metabolic derangements, etc.

In North Carolina, the diagnosis is determined by Emergency Medical Services who then transport these patients to a facility, WakeMed who admits or finds a bed. What measures of success are being used for this pilot program? What are the safety and quality protocols? Does this circumvent HIPAA?

WakeMed is staffed only by folks trained in mental illness, danger, danger, danger. Look at the ratio and tell me the staff will not be over-worked and probably abusive. Please read the article and share your thoughts.

Psychosis does not mean mental illness...
Psychosis does not mean mental illness…

8 thoughts on “Emergency Room Costs for Mentally Ill Soar…

  1. Now why oh why would there be such an increase in mental illness, mmmmm?

    And btw, seems to me you Americans knew this already a loooooong time ago but………yeah right!

  2. You said “WakeMed is staffed only by folks trained in mental illness, danger, danger, danger. Look at the ratio and tell me the staff will not be over-worked and probably abusive. Please read the article and share your thoughts.” Explain to me how this is quality writing?

    I don’t want to be rude, but I can’t help but become more and more frustrated as I read through your blog. I can only figure that either

    a) you are lying about your credentials;
    b) your undergraduate program didn’t teach basic composition skills (then how on earth did you get into medical school? If my doctor wrote like you, I’d RUN to the hills to find another doctor with better communication skills…) –or maybe
    c) your illness is affecting your cognitive abilities. In which case, how reliable is your personal testimony?

    Honestly, I’m not rrying to be insensitive or rude… but if you really are hoping for “a million hits” on this blog some day, you’re going to have to either improve your writing skills, or get an editor/proofreader. I feel like you maybe do have an important (and true) message you’re trying to get out there, so I hope you take my (unsolicited) advice to heart. I’d offer to help you myself, if you were interested, although I have little in the way of professional experience in proofreading/editing.

    1. Brittany, I don’t mean to be rude but you lack reading skills and critical thinking skills and I am too cold and tired to respond to your insults except to say:

      Tufts Medical Center is a dishonest hospital. STAY AWAY if you are not white! Tufts Medical Center senior risk advisor signed a letter in which Tufts Medical Center ED employees committed perjury–I plan to pursue that new finding fully. Now you come on my blog to call me loopy, crazy, mental—very much the picture painted by Tufts Medical Center. Is this coincidence? I think not given the timing. Nice to know you heard the news. 🙂

      BTW, I wrote soliciting help on another post instead your response is to put me down. Well, at least I recognize my weaknessess and try to improve, do you?

      My advise to you Brittany from Tufts Medical Center is to get an education. Get out of medical care or convince your friends at Tufts Medical Center to do the same. TUFTS MEDICAL CENTER DOES NOT BELONG IN THE FIELD OF MEDICINE! They are stinking up the field, filling it with the likes of you and others belonging not to health or caring but to mistreatment, abuse, mischaracterizations—summed up as a culture of corruption and cruelty.

      Brittany, I am sorry and I do not trust your help and therefore would never knowingly ask for it. As your real identity is concealed I will have to be careful in accepting help in the future. Thank you for your comments, Brittany from Tufts Medical Center

  3. I am cold…waiting for oil and too lazy to start the wood stove. Brittany from Tufts woke me up. I am still exhausted from reliving the events of April 5, 2012. Just need some time ….. I will respond to everyone’s comments and letters. Again Thank you for your support.

    I have heat….takes a while to warm up

  4. “You said “WakeMed is staffed only by folks trained in mental illness, danger, danger, danger. Look at the ratio and tell me the staff will not be over-worked and probably abusive. Please read the article and share your thoughts.” Explain to me how this is quality writing?”

    Who are you? In my mind, you are Brittany from Tufts Medical Center…

    Yes you are here to insult me. Reveal your true identity and we can have a conversation, maybe you can help me.

    _Angela

    Dr Angela Crane

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