23 dead, 14,000 frightened
Of course I’m talking about the current count in the case involving epidural steroid injections (ESI) and fungal meningitis. During the last few weeks we have seen a situation unfold that applies to health care in general and workers’ compensation health care in particular as this presumed therapy is used in MANY cases involving the treatment of chronic pain.
- What does science say about epidural steroid injections?
- When and how, if ever, should they be administered and by whom?
- What role do compounding pharmacies play in this and other medication issues?
It won’t do to address these three issues in a couple of paragraphs, so we’ll split them up and cover one item weekly for the next three weeks. At the end, they will be summarized in a white paper posted on our website.
Rarely is the nation so focused on something so important to the work comp community. Amidst the tragedy, there is an opportunity for us to have a positive impact on future patients by insisting on the application of scientific criteria to the chemicals we inject into a claimant’s body.
Chief Executive Officer