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Kaiser Permanente and the September 2001 Anthrax death
1. The hospital which saw one of the two postal worker in ER Saturday and sent him home with the diagnosis of "flu" later to readmit today at 5:45 am too late to save (according to the New York Times today - page B6) is called Southern Maryland Hospital Center in Suburban Prince Georges County. (Material was written as events took place)
2. Hospitals Kaiser uses in Maryland include:
all per KP website - go to Washington, D.C. - hospitals for Select Plan.
3. Kaiser encourages withholding antibiotics for upper respiratory infections since the "evidence" they like suggests that it might only be of slight help.
4. One would wonder if the ER doc took a history that this was a postal worker in the DC area who "collapsed in Church" on the way in to the ER Saturday - does that sound like the flu?
I believe the ER doc was not a direct contract Kaiser doc but indirect influences of "Best Practices" downsizing HMO style would be interesting to know.Chuck Phillips, MD