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Weekend reading with an eye to those related to death

Posted Oct 23 2008 1:35pm
Yesterday’s Chicago Tribune had several interesting articles:

Front page article about: “… hospital is the first in the Chicago area to disclose extensive information online about the quality of its care …” It seems to me that universal postings like this could go a long way not only in keeping patients and potential patients informed, but in pushing hospitals to ensure their quality of caring. Armed with information and with hospitals living up to quality standards, maybe we can prevent a few deaths by “medical misadventure”.

In the Q section there was a small bit on preventing hospital (medical caregiver) acquired drug-resistant bacterial infections that suggested folks:
"Politely ask hospital staff members to wash their hands before touching you if you don't see them doing so.” And
“Ask the doctor or nurse to clean the stethoscope before using it on you.”

They seem like really good points to remember and worth a mention to your healthcare provider. Although these infections cause more morbidity that mortality, they can kill and, at least some, are preventable with simple techniques.

Lastly, Mary Schmich wrote an interesting column that contained a discussion of some of the “mysteries” of death by suicide. Just because I do that sort of thing I posted a reply to her column:
You are so right when you wrote: “But another of suicide's mysteries is this: Exactly what happened is unlikely to be discovered, even if the clues add up.”

Death by suicide seldom “adds up” for those that survive individuals who choose to end their pain with suicide or choose to go on to another place where they hope that the pain is less.

Despite you column being focused on Mr. Jones, I hope that folks read your comments on death by suicide, that that reading provokes some though on their part (and maybe a little discussion), and that that awareness makes it seem a bit less of a mystery for another family member survivor of death by suicide.

Thank you for writing about death by suicide, a subject with much taboo in our society.
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