1. Where have all the RT bloggers gone? Has there been a crack down on RT blogs? If not, then why all of a sudden are there only a few of us. I've noticed several of the best RT blogs are gone. It's true we bloggers tend to be honest here in the blogosphere, yet this is considered good therapy for RT apathy. I certainly would hate to hear my fellow bloggers quit because they were forced to shut up. While RT is a good career, there are definite problems that should be vocalized. If we don't speak about the things that are wrong, then how will they ever get better?
2. Why the sudden boost in the patient load? It seems the number of patients has skyrocketed this year, and it doesn't seem to want to let up. Is this a result of the weather? Is this a result of the recession caused depression? Is it doctor fear to send patient's home so they all get diagnosed with pneumonia and admitted for observation and ordered on breathing treatments?
3. Why the spike in breathing treatments ordered? It seems the treatment load has spiked this year as well and isn't letting up. This has resulted in high burnout rates and RT apathy. What is the cause? Is it the weather causing more sick people? Is it stupid doctor orders? Or is it all the new order sets resulting in unnecessary breathing treatments? I do know that many hospitals have created new order sets, many of which require all patients with that particular DRG to get breathing treatments to meet the new government criteria for reimbursement. Is this the reason why?
Let me know what you think.