Anderson is back in New York tonight.
We're going to launch a new way to take part in the 360° live blog. Tonight we'll debut a live web camera from the 360° studio. The shot features Anderson and Erica behind the scenes on the set. We'll turn the camera on at 945p ET and turn it off at 11p ET.
LINK TO THE BLOG CAMERA (sorry – no audio – talk to the lawyers)
As for the live blog, we'll start posting comments at 10p ET and stop at 11p ET.
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great danes are AWESOME! mine loves kids, and yes anderson you can ride them...well, YOu can't probably...but little kids can! my little sister jumps off the porch onto my dog's back and hold on while he runs around the lawn.
I love the puppy!
What a great big cute dog. U got to love him
That puppy is adorable. Now 50 lbs of love and destruction graduates puppy class this week. Great show tonight!
If we're going to "complain" and gripe about doctors – the people in the medical community who are supposed to "help us" needing help themselves, we need to redirect our complaints. The bigger issue to public safety is people in law enforcement abusing their power. I believe both are high stress industries and give false sense of power and ultimately it's abused.
Check your State Medical Board's Website and search for your Doc to see his Record. Most States have them.........
Great show guys, thank you. Keep the web cam feature up. 🙂
CNN should sell a bobble head doll of Erica for the beat 360, i love the head bobble!
I do hope you or someone at CNN will take on this project. That would be to have a full background check on each democratic candidate.By
t hat , I mean from 10 years old: Parents, schools, church, friends, part-time jobs, full time jobs, College: Major, minor, number of years to complete, changed schools, changed major...Friends in college, as young adults, clubs, organizations, volunteer work, Best friends & mentors : as teenager, young adult & mature adult.
There are probably more things that need to be checked but this
is all I can think of...this is being asked by everyone, but no one has
addressed this issue..Thank you in advance for your concern in this matter..
It is a privilege to watch your show, Thanks,
I dont think the Hillary Obama fight will divide the party, look at everything that has gone on during the current adminstration. There is almost NO WAY a republican will win. I think all this excitiment will make the party stronger!
The rhetoric is working. If everyone keeps saying that Clinton should drop out it appears the Obama campaign wants to disenfranchise voters. As it stands, it appears as if he doesn’t want the FL & MI votes to count or the 10 remaining states. It makes Obama appear arrogant and unpatriotic. So when it’s time to vote in the remaining states they will vote against Obama even though he’s campaigning in states that have primarys in May and says that Clinton should stay in the race. Very clever.
I did an internship at our local hospital for two years with an anesthesiologist and he told me flat out that he knows of multiple high-status surgeons who have been in similar situations. It is pretty surprising what they get away with in those facilities. I thought so anyway...
Unfortunately, there are plenty of Dr screw ups every year, "under the influence" or not!
Anderson, I love the new web cam, although I feel like a semi-stalker!
Lesli and others, most medical boards and hospitals make this one of their top priorities and this could never ever happen in a quality hospital. I am sure of it from my years in hospital administration. Just make absolutely sure your hospital has a peer review program and an impaired MD policy. That way even if the doc is in treatment, he/she is monitored to eliminate these horrors. Seen it work well numerous times.
This story about the alcoholic doctor is extremely disturbing. The man who forgave him is just amazing. Why didn't a coworker intervene obviously they would have known he was constantly drunk; this is there responsibility as a nurse or hospital worker.
I think patients should be entitled to know if their doctors are in any type of rehab program.
I personally think they should lose their licenses. I believe the regulations actually have clauses covering practicing under the influence and the hippocratic oath, which is what is violated when doctors choose to do it.
I understand about addictions, but if it is so bad that you hurt the innocent, you should really find another line of work.
Dave, our medical school has been very good about discussing addiction with us, as well as other related issues. We’ve also been given resources and encouraged to use them if the need should ever arise… I guess medical education seems to be changing for the better.
@Dave: I think that's the smart and fair way to go with better quality monitoring to make sure peopel are safe rather than exposing people as substance abusers.
Anderson, Erica, thanks for a great show and a perfect way to start the day :o)
@Kim: I don't have a problem with their privacy, but my problem is that these doctors are still allowed to practice. These people are holding the lives of other people in their hands, so i think they should be at least be suspended for a certain time.
Randi Kaye: How does Dr. West still have malpractice insurance or is he "bare"? If a doctor is without malpractice insurance in FL he or she must disclose that fact! Many hospitals are now allowing doctors to do surgery without malpractice insurance. The patient must sign a disclosure statement along with the doctor.
@ Dr. Dave: Can doctor's with alcohol and drug issues get malpractice insurance in your state?
"Accidental" drug overdose? Since when is taking illegal drugs and accident?
Anderson you bring up a great question. How well run are the oversight programs for doctors if things like this are occurring. People are being hurt and dying because of the behavior of someone that they have put their trust in and more importantly their lives. This is negligence. While doctors need a means by which to get treatment for their addictions they need to be 100% stable and clean before they start putting other people's lives in danger. Thanks for keeping them honest 360!
Does the program require co-workers who suspect physicians of addiction to report it?
I think every person has a right to keep their treatment for addiction a secret. I am not condoning doctors that continue practicing when they KNOW they should not be, quite the contrary. But I think we should step back before revoking the right to privacy especially in a matter like addiction, which has such a stigma attached to it.
Sure, Doctors should go to rehab too, but, they shouldn't practice or do surgeries. They should at least be honest with themselves. If I was a doctor with an addition, I wouldn't want to practice until I was free from the addiction.
Forging AA logs and fixing UA's are standard using behavior. When I worked as a counselor with the criminal justice drug court system, you wouldn't believe the things my clients were able to get away with (and they knew how to manipulate the system). An active addict knows how to play the system. And sadly, these people suffered for it. However, I know many medical and counseling professionals IN RECOVERY who help people heal every day. Guess what? My addiction is my private business between me and my supervisor. My supervisor will determine if I am not capable of treating someone. Not my patient. And outside agencies aren't going to understand the medical profession (or addiction).
Kim, I believe you hit the nail on the head: As long as their performance does not hurt anyone. Is rehab the threat of hurting, or is it the time spent before actually making it to rehab?
Yes it's private but they shouldn't be allowed to practice either.