Where does it hurt?
March 31, 2012 8:13 PM Subscribe
Deep vein thrombosis
posted by gracedissolved (60 comments total)
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is generally a topic that comes up with regards to airline seating and other periods of prolonged immobility (previously
). Anna Brown
was a homeless woman and constantly on the move, so doctors in the emergency room thought that her complaints of leg pain were just drug-seeking behavior. Unfortunately, drug seeking is a major problem
in ERs in the United States.Earlier research
had already indicated that whites are more likely to be prescribed painkillers in emergency rooms than minorities; one coauthor of that study had suggested that perhaps minorities were simply less likely to complain or to feel they deserved good pain management. When things like DVT are being missed despite repeated visits to different ERs, it's easier to implicate a racial bias in medical care.
How to get around the need to get better care to some without wasting resources? Better, more culturally aware nursing. A shift to more urgent care providers to ease the burden on ERs.
Oh, and hopefully that PPACA thing
(And if you have leg pain, even if you haven't flown lately, don't ignore it