From Gawker: The FCC says a software glitch that made it impossible for the entire state of Washington to call emergency services for six hours “could have been prevented.” The April 9 outage actually affected 11 million people across seven states. According to theWashington Post, close to six thousand people tried to call 911 but […] Continue reading
From Reuters: The United States issued stringent new protocols on Monday for health workers treating Ebola victims, directing medical teams to wear protective gear that leaves no skin or hair exposed when caring for patients infected with the virus. The new guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta come as […] Continue reading
From WBEZ: Each year, researchers at the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute put out the County Health Rankings. The rankings show how counties across the country match up on things like life expectancy and residents’ health. Julie Willems Van Dijk is one of the directors. “The reason we do it is to raise awareness […] Continue reading
From HealthLeaders Media (Hat Tip: AJ):
Increasing access to primary care services in poor and rural communities means approaching the issue on multiple fronts, including telemedicine, patient engagement, and coordinated care, a payer’s report su… Continue reading
From Resuscitation: AIM: Outcomes from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) may improve if rescuers perform chest compressions (CCs) deeper than the previous recommendation of 38-51mm and consistent with the 2010 AHA Guideline recommendation of at least 51mm. The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between CC depth and OHCA survival. METHODS: Prospective analysis […] Continue reading
From MarketWatch (hat tip: Dr. Butts): Wal-Mart Stores Inc. pushed down prices for some generic prescription drugs to just $4 eight years ago, setting a new industry standard. Now it is trying to do the same for seeing a doctor. On Friday, a Walmart Care Clinic opened in Dalton, Ga., six months after Walmart U.S., […] Continue reading
From the Imperial Valley Press: An individual from West Africa, who was complaining of abdominal pain, was transported by ambulance from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in Calexico to ECRMC’s emergency department shortly after 2 a.m. Friday. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say he was medically screened for Ebola and deemed asymptomatic. But ambulance and […] Continue reading
From the News Observer: Emergency room visits to Indiana hospitals are climbing at some facilities despite the federal health care overhaul that was supposed to reduce them. The Affordable Care Act was designed to reduce unneeded ER trips because patients with insurance could afford to get care before their condition became a crisis, the Indianapolis […] Continue reading
House Energy & Commerce Committee (PDF) Excerpt: These data, as reflected in the EHR, reveal that Mr. Duncan and his companion advised that he was a “local resident”, that he had not been in contact with sick people, and that he had not experienced nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. The patient’s physical examination was remarkable only […] Continue reading
From My Wabash Valley:
Smaller hospitals in rural locations can make it difficult to offer some emergency room services.
But, Union Hospital just received a 1.2 million dollar grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration.
That will help … Continue reading
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