Monday, August 18, 2008

Physicians Network Site

Just like the "My-Space" social networks, physicians have their own forums for sharing medical issues and networking. The latest item from Medscape Physician Connect:

Too Heavy for CT Scanner

"...patient who is 480lbs fell from standing position and landed on his back. We attempted to get plain films of his back. Our scanner has a weight limit of 350lbs, so we could not scan the patient. My partner tried for about 4 hours to find someone with a scanner that could hold a 500lb man. The patient was signed out pending our vet school calling us back to see if we could scan him by the vet radiologist."

The comments that followed were pretty fascinating. Most were quite respectful. My favorite was from this doctor:

"It's like saying that the beer mugs are too small for the alcoholic so we should be making bigger beer mugs. Super size the MRI scanners to meet America's super size bodies. In France there are elevators that allow for 10 Europeans or 6 Americans. We have a national obesity crisis and before we grow bigger equipment to match our weight, we need to fix our excessive lifestyle."


Anonymous said...

That is embarassing about the elevators in France that hold less Americans.

tracey said...

Seriously - we match Europeans 10 to 6? That is shameful.

Portion sizes are out of control - my mom lives in a Canadian city that borders the US. Portion sizes there match what they are here. Where I grew up - far from the border - portions are smaller. Interesting.

Anonymous said...

When I am in the US I fit size "small"- sometimes even "extra-small"

In Asia I get away with an XL, but am more comfortable as XXL.

I think Europeans consider me a bit heavy as I am at the upper range of normal BMI.

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