Our friend Rogue Medic has a shiny new site up there on the Interwebs. It rocks. Rogue Medic is one of the many, many bloggers, non-bloggers, and/or random people who are much, much smarter than I am. I read his site a lot and I am very pleased to throw a link to his new site. Heís part of a new blog network with the URL Http://www.EMSblogs.com. Rogue has been joined by our other friends David Konig and Too Old To Work, Too Young to Retire.
That URL again for Rogue Medic is: Http://www.RogueMedic.com
Too Old to Workís new digs are at: Http://www.ToOldToWork.com (yes, I know the ďToĒ should be a ďTooĒ and it just bugs the hell out of me as well)
And you can find everyone on their network on Http://www.EMSblogs.com†
Anyways, since this is my blog and youíll come back here eventually. Rogue Medic pointed me to a site that Iím quite surprised I hadnít found before Http://www.QuackWatch.com Itís provided me with some hours of entertainment tonight and since Iím a nerd and I admit it, thatís ok for me.
On QuackWatch, I read an interesting article on ďFad DiagnosesĒ with a handy checklist at the end that tells one how to create a bona-fide fad disease. (The article is here, with a lot of handy links: http://www.quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/fadindex.html)
†The checklist, which is just entertaining as hell, is below:
†Recipe for a New Fad Disease
- Pick any symptomsóthe more common the better.
- Pick any diseaseóreal or invented. (Real diseases have more potential for confusion because their existence can’t be denied.)
- Assign lots of symptoms to the disease.
- Say that millions of undiagnosed people suffer from it.
- Pick a few treatments. Including supplements will enable health food stores and chiropractors to get in on the action.
- Promote your theories through books and talk shows.
- Don’t compete with other fad diseases. Say that yours predisposes people to the rest or vice versa.
- Claim that the medical establishment, the drug companies, and the chemical industry are against you.
- State that the medical profession is afraid of your competition or trying to protect its turf.
- If challenged to prove your claims, say that you lack the money for research, that you are too busy getting sick people well, and that your clinical results speak for themselves.
This checklist got me to thinking about what ďfad diseasesĒ we may be treating as Paramedics and EMTs in the prehospital setting. While logically, I can think that we must be treating diagnoses that are more en-vogue than others, I canít really seem to think of one off hand. I blame it on a mixture of my long day and my ADD. I would guess that our contemporary collective attention to STEMI care could be one. While ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarctionís are quite serious and require immediate intervention, havenít you noticed that we never call anything a ďheart attackĒ anymore and now everythingís a STEMI? Do we emphasize the diagnosis of the STEMI at the expense of other conditions, such as Thoracic Aneurism or a Pulmonary Embolism? What about non-STEMIs?
Since Iím drawing a blank on something where I believe that logically, I should be able to think of something, Iím asking for your opinions:
What are the ďFad DiagnosesĒ of contemporary EMS? Feel free to add your own in the comments section below. Iím sure this could get wildly entertaining.
(Oh, and Iím not making any clams as to the existence or non-existence of any of the ďFad DiagnosesĒ posted here or on the other site. If you think theyíre real, then heckÖ why not?)