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După ce Barack Obama, laureatul din acest an al premiului Nobel pentru pace, a aprobat suplimentarea cu încă 30.000 de soldaţi a trupelor din Afganistan, numărul acestora a ajuns la 140.000, conform TimesOnline.co.uk. Dar tot nu sunt destui… Astfel că Hillary Clinton este în Europa pentru a convinge statele membre NATO să sprijine războiul cu încă 7.000 de cadre militare.
Sadly, this is the biggest problem of out time and few realize it.
An Obituary printed in the London Times –
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
– Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
– Why the early bird gets the worm;
– Life isn’t always fair;
– and maybe it was my fault.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).
His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.
Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.
It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.
Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.
Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.
Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.
He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers;
I Know My Rights
I Want It Now
Someone Else Is To Blame
I’m A Victim
Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.
|Hospital prescriptions contain many mistakes|
Nearly one in 10 hospital prescriptions contain a mistake, ranging from the minor to the potentially lethal, research has found.
But the study, commissioned by the General Medical Council, found very few errors would have caused serious harm.
It also found that, contrary to belief, novice doctors were no more responsible for mistakes than the more experienced.
To eliminate one area of confusion, the GMC is calling for a UK-wide standard prescription chart as exists in Wales.
The research team led by Professor Peter Dornan of the University of Manchester, examined the issue amid rising fears inexperienced doctors were making prescription errors which could, at worst, result in a patient dying.
They examined 124,260 prescriptions across 19 hospitals – and found just under 9% contained errors.
Of these 11,077 errors, overwhelmingly intercepted and corrected before reaching the patient, about 2% contained potentially lethal instructions – such as failing to take account of a patient’s allergies.
More than half involved errors in which a patient’s medication was not prescribed on admission, during a rewrite of a prescription, or when the patient was sent home.
Another 40% were accounted for by prescriptions where the writing was illegible or the wording ambiguous.
Very few of these mistakes caused actual harm to a patient because on the whole they were stopped by senior doctors, nurses – and in particular pharmacists.
There were however concerns that so effective was this safety net, some doctors relied on it to pick up their mistake.
‘Off the hook’
But the study did not find doctors fresh out of medical school were making the most mistakes – as has often been suggested.
Doctors in their first year of medical training in fact made slightly fewer mistakes than the average, although that rose slightly in their second year. However at 8.3% their rate was the same as registrars. Consultants made the fewest, with 5.9%.
While the curriculum at medical schools could always be improved, it was clearly not at the root of the problem, the team concluded – noting many factors – from fatigue to unfamiliarity with a prescription form – produced errors.
“The research shows the complexity of the circumstances in which errors occur and argues against education as a single quick-fix solution.
“Education can always be improved but it must be very practically oriented and include all phases of a doctor’s career as well as the undergraduate stage,” said Professor Dornan.
The chairman of the GMC, Professor Peter Rubin, said: “Prescribing decisions in a hospital setting often have to be made quickly, so it is important that a procedure is as simple as possible to minimise the chance of an error being made.
To avoid confusion as doctors move between hospitals with very different prescribing forms – including paper and electronic – the GMC wants to see a standardised system across the UK. Wales introduced this in 2004.
A Department of Health spokesman said it would continue to look into the benefits of electronic prescribing systems, “taking into account the evidence gained where standardisation of the paper chart has been successfully implemented.”
Dr Hamish Meldrum, of the doctors’ union, the BMA, said: “It would certainly help if there was greater uniformity in the prescription forms used in the NHS and the BMA would encourage prescribing procedures to be kept as simple as possible.”
Professor Simon Maxwell, of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, said: “Like everyone else, I am extremely concerned by this error rate but I am dismayed at the suggestion that improved education and training is not a central part of the solution.
“There is plenty of evidence from around the world to show that when appropriate education and training are delivered, prescribing improves.”
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