I agree with David Burdas contention in his editorial (Timing not their specialty, Jan. 21) regarding specialty hospitals that there was a lot of hyperbole and politicking being thrown around regarding HHS' inspector generals office report on specialty hospitals. However, it is disingenuous to believe that HHS under Secretary Mike Leavitt is somehow antagonistic toward these facilities.
Personally, I would not want to be treated in the less than half of the 109 specialty hospitals examined by HHS inspector generals office that didnt have emergency departmentsor any facility that was not examined by the HHS inspector generals office without such capabilities.
Given the potential for problems associated with anesthesia and sedation, it is entirely reasonable to expect any facility that performs such procedures to have robust means for resuscitation. An anesthesiologist friend often remarks that his job is not to put people to sleep, but to wake them up.
Michael MundorffPrimary Childrens Medical CenterSalt Lake City