Frontier Former Editor

May 29, 2008

More on healthcare aviation in Southwest Virginia

Just before this spring, I made a few observations on corporate healthcare and air superiority in southwest Virginia.

I’d like to give a gentleman identifying himself as a pilot with one of the helicopter services mentioned in the aforementioned post a forum today:

HEY DOUCHE BAG, I am a pilot on Wings X. We have six aircraft total and Wellmont just bought one which makes a total of seven, someone needs to get some facts straight before you puke out the mouth like this…. and just to wonder how stupid shit like this gets started…Thanks for nothing assbag!
*your daddy*

Comment by Lt. Matt Hughes — May 29, 2008 @ 12:12 am

And thanks for leaving a way to respond, Lt. Matt. I think the issue is MSHA vs. Wellmont in their never-ending quest to create a monopoly and that quest spilling over into Wise County. I don’t think I’ve questioned Wings Air Rescue’s motives, commitment to patient care, or quality of service. If you want to raise such questions, please feel free.
Personally, I’m glad that Wings has six helos, although that tidbit seems not to have made it in the local papers that I’ve seen. Whether those helos would all be available for a major Wise County medevac crisis is another issue of logisitics, however. I’m glad that Wellmont has a helo too. What it comes down to is that MSHA is trying to deny Wellmont the same internal fast-transport capability for its SWVA facilities that MSHA now enjoys.
And if I’m a douchebag for pointing out that issue, then thank you for your humanitarian spirit. And, if I have to go to a Wellmont facility over here and get transferred to a critical care facility, pass on my thanks to MSHA for making possible either the ambulance ride or the wait for a Virginia State Police helo.

Recommendation: If I were you, I’d do my level best to stay from between MSHA and Wellmont in their quest for market superiority. It hasn’t been pretty in Tennessee and it doesn’t look that great in southwest Virginia.

Comment by Former Frontier Editor — May 29, 2008

 

 

 

As I recall, the departing Wise County Administrator recently was quoted in a newspaper that he had concerns that Wellmont was either pushed or persuaded to back out of its request to operate a helo service at its southwest Virginia facilities. Would you like to take the opportunity to call him a douchebag as well?

No wonder healthcare issues leave a bad taste in the mouths of some local residents.

Incidentally, I can state with authority that Matt Hughes is, in fact, not ‘my daddy’ and that, genetically speaking, I am not a colostomy or enema bag nor am I compatible for use with Summer’s Eve or similar products.

  

You have a good day, Lt. Matt.

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August 30, 2007

Death in Venice . . . .

Filed under: anatomy, dead pool, homeland security, medicine, old times, public health, societal niceties, Venice — Frontier Former Editor @ 10:27 am

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(Mann o Mann, I knew that German short fiction class would come come in handy one day . . . .)

Ancient mass graves containing more than 1,500 victims of the bubonic plague have been discovered on a small island in Italy‘s Venetian Lagoon (see article and gallery)

June 10, 2007

I’d love to see Rain explain this one away . . . .

Filed under: blood, Canadians, mad science, medicine, red, science — Frontier Former Editor @ 1:20 pm

Vancouver patient oozes green blood

Last Updated: Friday, June 8, 2007 | 7:17 AM PT

The Canadian Press

Doctors at Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital came across something highly illogical when they tried to put an arterial line into a patient about to undergo surgery: his blood was dark green . . . . .

“During insertion, we normally see arterial blood come out. That’s how we know we’re in the right place. And normally that blood is bright red, as you would expect in an artery,” Flexman said in an interview Thursday.

“But in his case, the blood kept coming back as dark green instead of bright red.

“It was sort of a green-black. … Like an avocado skin maybe.”

Well Rain? Is this some horrible side effect of the Lorne Greene School of Broadcasting? Or some mutant offspring of John Dieffenbaker?

May 31, 2007

And who said “The Stand” couldn’t happen?

Filed under: cough cough, dumbasses, lawyers guns and tuberculosis, medicine, respiratory disease class, scumbags — Frontier Former Editor @ 2:09 pm

Scenario: Person has potentially, virulently, infectious disease. Person has overwhelming desire to so something personally meaningful. Person manages to bypass every public health control measure and travel across an ocean and back before voluntarily turning himself in to authorities.

Public health authorities get mealy-mouthed about how person isn’t that infectious, but also expand daily their range of other persons who may have been subject to possible infection.

Case in point: A U.S. Navy pilot in 1942 had incipient yet uninfectious TB, which was not detected by doctors or flight surgeons until said pilot underwent a rapid altitude change while dive-bombing a Japanese carrier at Midway. Pilot returned to his carrier, coughing up blood and showing full-blown TB symptoms.

Now we have a TB carrier who decides that his wedding is more important than any concerns about infecting others.

And we’re worried about box-cutter-carrying terrorists on airliners?

In my view, THIS is that kind of circumstance where the public good clearly supercedes any concept of individual rights.

I hope his wife divorces his ass.

Update: Especially now that I know he’s a lawyer . . . .

May 20, 2007

While shopping Saturday . . .

Filed under: medicine, obscenity, public relations, red, societal niceties, Walmart — Frontier Former Editor @ 4:03 pm

at the local ‘Megalomart,’ I saw a display for a product titled with three words that evoke an obscene, horrific image . . . . .

Metamucil Berry Blast

Some young ad exec type should be shot.

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