Principles of Medical Ethics Cont.

Sept. 3, 2018

The Labor Day weekend is just about over, although the oppressive heat and humidity is confining me to the few air-conditioned spots in my house. It has been a hot summer; indeed, summers have been progressively hotter on average since I first came to New Hampshire in 1974. Climate change does seem real, doesn’t it?

In today’s blog post I want to continue the discussion of the AMA’s “Principles of Medical Ethics” that I began in my last blog post. The “Principles” are appropriate guides for all of us in our practice of medicine, but they are also good principles for the general function of everyone in work, relationships and even politics. 

Health Alert: Legionnaire's Disease in Hampton, NH

On August 25, 2018, NH DHHS issued a health alert regarding a cluster of Legionella pneumophila Pneumonia (Legionnaire’s Disease) associated with an area of Ashworth Avenue in Hampton, NH.

Key Points and Recommendations:

1. The New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) has confirmed four patients with Legionella pneumonia (also known as Legionnaire’s Disease) associated with Ashworth Avenue between Island Path and H Street in Hampton, New Hampshire.

Principles of Medical Ethics pertaining to Medicine and Society in 2018

August 15, 2018

I have been on-call this weekend, covering for the group of private practice psychiatrists on the Seacoast. On these weekends of being on-call in particular, I have the time to listen by telephone to the suffering of patients that I will most likely never meet. Their stories are often so compelling and heartbreaking. As I respond to the varied needs of my colleagues’ patients, I am reminded of the principles upon which our profession is based and why we do what we do in our practice of medicine. 

Opioid Assessment Tool Pilot and CME Opportunity

August 10, 2018

As a follow-up to the HRET HIIN Physician Virtual Event on "Opioid Safety and Introduction of Human Diagnosis Project", Americal Hospital Association (AHA) is partnering with the Human Diagnosis Project on a pilot opioid assessment tool that requires physicians to solve opioid cases. (The webinar recording is available).  

FREE NH Buprenorphine Waiver Training - Manchester

New Hampshire Buprenorphine Waiver Training
Helping states connect the dots to more effectively address opioid use disorders

PCSS Providers Clinical Support System
 

event date: 
Friday, September 28, 2018 -
08:00 to 17:00

PFAS Information for Providers

August 1, 2018

Below is an excerpt of a letter from the State of New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health. Please click through for the full letter including the referenced table.

 

July 20, 2018

Dear Health Care Provider:

WNV Identified in Mosquito Batch in Manchester, NH

On July 26, 2018, NH DHHS issued a health alert with an arboviral illness update regarding a West Nile Virus (WNV) identified in a mosquito batch in Manchester, NH

NH DPHS Health Alert NetworkKey Points and Recommendations:

1. The first detection of West Nile Virus (WNV) in New Hampshire for 2018 has occurred in a mosquito batch from Manchester, NH.

2. Health care providers should consider mosquito-borne diseases, including WNV, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), and Jamestown Canyon Virus (JCV) in patients presenting with compatible clinical syndromes regardless of the presence or absence of positive mosquito or veterinary testing in their community.

Death Penalty Repeal Part III

July 23, 2018

I last wrote about SB 593, the bill to repeal the death penalty in NH, on March 12, 2018. At that time SB 593 had passed the NH Senate by a vote of 14-10. It then passed the House by a vote of 223 to 116. Governor Sununu had expressed reservations relative to repeal of the death penalty, leading to his expected veto of SB 593 on June 21, 2018. The bill will now be subject to an override vote on September 13, 2018.

Death Penalty Repeal Part III

July 23, 2018

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