Tuesday, July 17, 2018

"Thank you for your question. I will tell you about how I published many papers that are not related to it."

You're welcome

L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, sings "Thank your for listening."  (Imagine The Chairmen of the Board fronted by a tone-deaf Boris Karloff. A sample: "I do not sing what I believe/I only give them fact/ If they believe quite otherwise/It still will have impact.")

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Hennepin Healthcare locks up information on ketamine studies

So much for promises of transparency. In response to my open records request for information about the ketamine studies conducted by emergency medicine physicians at Hennepin County Medical Center, I have gotten this response:

The data you have requested relates to, and has been collected and retained in connection with, ongoing internal and independent outside reviews.  It has or may also become the subject of administrative reviews by the EMSRB or other agencies. Therefore, Hennepin Healthcare has classified the data as nonpublic under Minnesota Statutes Sections 13.39 and 13.392 until the conclusion of these reviews.

Bonnie L Anderson, MBA, CISM, CISA, CHPC
Information Security and Privacy Director
Hennepin Healthcare

Thursday, July 12, 2018

"It took his wife three hours to find him in a hospital bed, she said. Her husband was unconscious and breathing through a tube down his throat. 'I started screaming,' she said. 'I thought he was dead.'”

The ketamine story continues to get worse. The latest comes from North Memorial, as reported by Andy Mannix in the Star Tribune:
Police came to North Memorial Medical Center looking for an armed man in a car. They found John Powell, a 48-year-old Minneapolis man, and arrested him at gunpoint on a rainy summer night.
But Powell was black — not the white or light-skinned Hispanic person the caller had described. And he was holding a set of car keys, not a revolver. The 911 caller, a nurse at North Memorial, confirmed it on the scene: They had the wrong guy.
Instead of releasing Powell, police asked for assistance from nearby paramedics, according to police reports, and the paramedics gave Powell a shot of a powerful sedative called ketamine.
Powell struggled to breathe, and needed to be taken into emergency care and intubated, according to a federal lawsuit Powell filed against North Memorial and two police departments he said were involved in the 2015 encounter.
In an interview, Powell and his wife, Sylvia Majors, said he spent a day in the hospital unconscious. “They said I had a 25 percent chance of waking up,” Powell said.