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"Code Chaos: Another nightmare for doctors, courtesy of the federal government" [^].
"Ever considered suicide by jellyfish? Have you ended up in the hospital after being injured during the forced landing of your spacecraft? Or been hurt when you were sucked into the engine of an airplane or when your horse-drawn carriage collided with a trolley?
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So these exotic injuries, codeless for so many years, will henceforth be known, respectively, as T63622A (Toxic effect of contact with other jellyfish, intentional self-harm, initial encounter), V9542XA (Forced landing of spacecraft injuring occupant, initial encounter), V9733XA (Sucked into jet engine, initial encounter), and V80731A (Occupant of animal-drawn vehicle injured in collision with streetcar, initial encounter)."
Taxonomy freaks are going to party-down, come October 14, this year when the new version ICD codes (155,000 of them) are adopted throughout the Corporate-Occupied-MallBurgerLand (U.S.A.) death-care system.
“The best hope is that one of these days the Ground will get disgusted enough just to walk away ~ leaving people with nothing more to stand ON than what they have so bloody well stood FOR up to now.” Kenneth Patchen, Poet
So what happens if you are injured while pushing a jelly fish where the sun doesn't shine on a horse drawn carriage and fell into the jet engine when the trolleybus collision occurred? Which box do you tick then?
"It took so long to fill out the form that the patient died, doctor..."
Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it. --- George Santayana (December 16, 1863 – September 26, 1952)
Those who fail to clear history are doomed to explain it. --- OriginalGriff (February 24, 1959 – ∞)
Jacksonville, Fla that's where I'm from. (Just an observation)
In Fla they will need all kinds of new codes;
Homeless man gets harpooned while dancing in the streets panhandling.
Teenager passes out while huffing Freon from A/C unit in someones yard. (Actually happened)
I worked on Dr. systems a few years back, so am familiar with ICD-10.
It must be really useful for the Gov't to be able to determine the need for JellyFish suicide awareness posters due to the large number of cases!
Given that a search engine over some keywords and descriptions would give just as good a result, you'd think that a computer system costing as much as a moon landing would be able to handle something like that, wouldn't you?
Pretty normal you think, but zoom out the map a bit...
Its a one mile square piece of the US all on its own and joined to Canada! What an utterly silly little piece of land and who the heck drew the border there?
It hasn't got an airfield, it can only be accessed through Canada. As a US citizen there, whose police force do you use? Whose ambulance and hospital? Who supplies you with electricity, who empties your trash?
That one's always amused me more since at first glance it's inexplicable; even though the Northwest Angle[^], like Point Roberts is the messy result of border treaties being written ahead of detailed surveys.
Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, waging all things in the balance of reason?
Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
Training a telescope on one’s own belly button will only reveal lint. You like that? You go right on staring at it. I prefer looking at galaxies.
-- Sarah Hoyt
Other amusing findings, shared by the LA Times:
27% identified “gigabyte” as an insect commonly found in South America. A gigabyte is a measurement unit for the storage capacity of an electronic device.
23% thought an “MP3″ was a “Star Wars” robot. It is actually an audio file.
18% identified “Blu-ray” as a marine animal. It’s a disc format typically used to store high-definition videos.
15% said they believed “software” is comfortable clothing. Software is a general term for computer programs.
12% said “USB” is the acronym for a European country. In fact, USB is a type of connector.