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November 17 2013

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Three In The Hospital After Slick Roads Cause Late Night Crashes

Armed felon shot inside Wisconsin Children's Hospital

Wisconsin Childrens Hospital THREE PEOPLE IN THE FIRST PICKUP WERE TRANSPORTED TO THE HOSPITAL. ONE WAS TAKEN TO BEN TAUB IN SERIOUS OTHER, THE OTHER TWO TO CY-FAIR HOSPITAL. THE DRIVER OF THE SECOND PICKUP WAS NOT HURT. DEPUTIES WILL BE CHECKING FOR POSSIBLE INTOXICATION AT THE HOSPITAL. OFFICERS SAY TWO RECS ON THE -- WRECKS ON THE NORTH FREEWAY WERE ALSO CAUSED BY WET CONDITIONS. NO ONE WAS CRITICALLY INJURED BUT A VERY DANGEROUS NIGHT FOR HOUSTON DRIVERS LAST NIGHT. REPORTING LIVE, IN NORTHWEST HOUSTON - Police said slick roads caused three different crashes Saturday night and early Sunday morning, including one that sent three people to the hospital. Around 9:45 p.m. the Cy-Fair Fire Department responded to an accident on West Little York Road and Commerce Creek Drive.
Source: http://www.click2houston.com/news/three-in-the-hospital-after-slick-roads-cause-late-night-crashes/-/1735978/23014934/-/61gfo6z/-/index.html

AP IMPACT: Lungs don?t die when you do, so study seeks donors who die outside of the hospital

epa03942587 A visitor walks between lamps and mirrors during the exposition A link has been sent to your friend's email address. 98 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Armed felon shot inside Wisconsin Children's Hospital Michael Winter, USA TODAY 7:23 p.m. EST November 14, 2013 Suspect, who was visiting neonatal unit, put down baby and brandished gun as he fled. Officers fired several shots. Milwaukee police officers shot and wounded a wanted felon inside the neonatal unit at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, where they had gone to arrest him on a felony warrant Nov. 14, 2013. (Photo: Kristyna Wentz-Graff, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/AP) Story Highlights Sheriff David Clarke says no hospital staff, patients or others were hurt Shooter is being treated at another hospital in the medical complex Felon was confronted by police while visiting neonatal unit at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin SHARE 972 CONNECT 84 TWEET 98 COMMENTEMAILMORE Police shot a fugitive felon inside Children's Hospital of Wisconsin on Thursday after he pulled a gun while visiting the neonatal unit, the Milwaukee County sheriff said. Sheriff David Clarke Jr. said no infants or staff were injured. The wounded suspect was taken to another hospital in the complex in the suburb of Wauwatosa. He did not name the suspect or describe his wounds.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/14/wisconsin-hospital-shooting-children/3534399/

Long-Awaited Kidney Transplant Canceled Over Hospital Strike

An innovative experiment now aims to use that hour or more window of time to boost lung transplants by allowing donations from people who suddenly collapse and die at home instead of in a hospital. There arent enough lungs. Were burying them, said Dr. Thomas Egan of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, who is leading the project. It turns out your lungs dont die when you do. This is a new frontier for transplants. Today, registered organ donors dont get to fulfill that last wish if they die outside of a hospital. The U.S. doesnt have a system to recover their organs quickly enough. It can be an added shock to grieving families, and a waste of potentially good organs that might ease transplant shortages.
Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/ap-impact-lungs-dont-die-when-you-do-so-study-seeks-donors-who-die-outside-of-the-hospital/2013/11/17/a0f5dbf8-4fa1-11e3-9ee6-2580086d8254_story.html

Scene frantic after felon shot by police at Children's Hospital

An emergency responder speaks with a couple while Children The charge was dismissed. In March 2009, Hendricks was charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine and bail jumping, both felonies. Hendricks pleaded guilty to both charges and was sentenced to 18 months of probation. On Nov. 11, 2011, Hendricks was charged with possession of marijuana, second offense, a felony; and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance. According to a criminal complaint, Hendricks was a passenger in a car that was pulled over for a defective license plate lamp and an expired registration. Police found 3.17 grams of marijuana on Hendricks, along with 25 methamphetamine pills. He pleaded guilty to the felony and was sentenced to 60 days in the Milwaukee County House of Correction. The misdemeanor was dismissed.
Source: http://www.jsonline.com/news/report-shots-fired-at-childrens-hospital-b99142691z1-231935841.html

Each faculty member held a master's degree. Matty Hersee School of Nursing continually provided an educationally sound program for the preparation of registered nurses to function in acute, intermediate and long-term care facilities. From 1959 to February 1986, the school had 475 graduates, with 454 of those passing the state board licensure examination for registered nurses a 95.6 percent passing rate. In May 1986, 32 students graduated from the nursing school. In 1984, the Matty Hersee School of Nursing received notification from the state of Mississippi that the school would be placed in a two-year phase-out. The school closed its doors on June 30, 1986. MCC acquired the Matty Hersee property, which consists of the hospital building and an adjacent 120-bed dormitory on five acres of land, from the state in 2006 for $1.6 million. "In acquiring Matty Hersee, the college was dealing with two issues. "First, MCC had been leasing the dormitory from the State Board of Mental Health .
Source: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/MCC-plan-demolition-of-Matty-Hersee-Hospital-4987597.php

MCC plan demolition of Matty Hersee Hospital

Theres got to be a way to get around this. For the latest organ transplant news, visit our topic page. The University of California San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest said it had to cancel the transplant because of an impending union strike. The one-day strike is the result of a disagreement over reckless and unsafe staffing, according to a statement the health care workers unionAFSCME gave to ABC affiliate KGTV in San Diego. Rivera, a father of three who has spent the past year on dialysis, said its difficult for him to find a match because his blood type is O-negative. His sister is the only match in his family, but she already donated a kidney to him 12 years ago. (Most people need more than one kidney transplant over their lifetimes.) Once that kidney failed, he needed to look beyond his family for a match. After launching a Facebook campaign to find one, Rivera found a donor who lived in Tennessee. Because the donor lived out of state, his insurance wouldnt cover her travel and lodging expenses during the surgery. So Rivera used gofundme.com and raised $5,000 in two days. The hospital initially told Rivera it couldnt schedule another surgery until 2014, but he learned today that the hospital rescheduled the surgery for the day after the strike, on Nov. 21.
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2013/11/14/long-awaited-kidney-transplant-canceled-over-hospital-strike/

3-day-old girl dies in typhoon-wrecked hospital

13, five days after Typhoon Haiyan annihilated a vast swath of the Philippines, killing thousands. The storm's aftermath is still claiming victims, and Althea was among the latest. She was born at the government-run Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center, suffering from a condition called newborn asphyxia, a failure to start regular breathing within a minute of birth. The consequences are possible brain damage or death if not corrected quickly. According to the World Health Organization, newborn asphyxia is one of the leading causes of newborn deaths in developing countries, accounting for about 20 percent of the infant mortality rate. In the United States, it is the 10th leading cause of infant mortality. Althea could have been saved had the hospital's ventilators had been working. But power lines were down in the entire region. There was no electricity and none of the equipment in the hospital flooded and wrecked worked. Not the ventilators, not the incubators, not the suction pumps to feed her oxygen.
Source: http://news.yahoo.com/3-day-old-girl-dies-typhoon-wrecked-hospital-114315629.html

November 15 2013

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At A Catholic Hospital, A Dispute Over What A Doctor Can Do ? And Say

Philly children?s hospital bans herbs and supplements

listener_new_rect Mercys policy prevents physicians from fulfilling their ethical obligations to patients and interferes with patients rights to make informed decisions regarding their medical care, the complaint said. The policy also violates patient safeguards under Medicare and Medicaid as well as a Colorado law protecting physicians autonomy, the ACLU said. Mark Silverstein, ACLU of Colorados legal director, said that by barring doctors from informing patients about all possible treatment options, Mercy Regional poses a potential threat to the health, safety and even the lives of its patients. The potential risk to patients is especially grave in communities like Durango, where a Catholic hospital is the only one for miles around, added Sheila Reynertson of MergerWatch , a New Yorkbased nonprofit that tracks Catholic hospital consolidations and their impact. She noted that so-called sole provider hospitals there are 30 of them in mostly isolated parts of the country receive additional federal funds to serve the needs of their communities, as well as Medicare, Medicaid and other tax breaks. Reynertson said that gag policies like Mercys are absolutely common and are becoming more so as Catholic health-care systems gobble up other providers in a merger boom touched off by health-care reform. Whats unusual about this case is that you have it in writing, Reynertson said. Usually, the policies are not so clear cut. But vague gag rules may be just as problematic, Reynertson added, especially at secular hospitals that find themselves under Catholic control. People tend to overreact to keep their jobs. This is what weve heard many times the nurse in the emergency room who is suddenly very nervous about that pregnancy emergency because theres a heart beat.
Source: http://www.philly.com/philly/health/At_a_Catholic_Hospital_a_Dispute_Over_What_a_Doctor_Can_Do__and_Say.html

China's Hospital Ship Stays Home While Typhoon Death Toll Rises In Philippines

I was just devastated that a week to transplant, they tell me theyre going to cancel, Rivera, 37, of San Diego, told ABCNews.com. I was infuriated. I was calling and emailing anybody I could. Theres got to be a way to get around this. For the latest organ transplant news, visit our topic page. The University of California San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest said it had to cancel the transplant because of an impending union strike. The one-day strike is the result of a disagreement over reckless and unsafe staffing, according to a statement the health care workers unionAFSCME gave to ABC affiliate KGTV in San Diego. Rivera, a father of three who has spent the past year on dialysis, said its difficult for him to find a match because his blood type is O-negative. His sister is the only match in his family, but she already donated a kidney to him 12 years ago. (Most people need more than one kidney transplant over their lifetimes.) Once that kidney failed, he needed to look beyond his family for a match. After launching a Facebook campaign to find one, Rivera found a donor who lived in Tennessee.
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2013/11/14/long-awaited-kidney-transplant-canceled-over-hospital-strike/

Long-Awaited Kidney Transplant Canceled Over Hospital Strike

Email | Twitter | LinkedIn | Google+ Sutter Davis Hospital is the first organization in greater Sacramento and the first Northern California hospital to receive a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nations highest presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership. Three organizations were honored this year. The others are Baylor Regional Medical Center in Plano, Texas and Pewaukee School District in Pewaukee, Wis. Established by Congress in 1987, the Baldrige Award is not given for specific products and services. Applicants are evaluated on: strategic planning; customer focus; measurement and analysis; workforce focus; operational focus and results. Organizations compete in one of six categories: manufacturing, service, small business, health care, education and nonprofit (including government agencies). The application process is extensive. The Baldrige journey provided the framework for Sutter Davis Hospital leaders to focus and continually improve the delivery of patient care, Sutter Davis CEO Janet Wagner said in a news release. This is now a crucial thread in the fabric of our culture. A total of 102 awards have been presented since the program was authorized, including 18 hospitals. Kathy Robertson covers healthcare, law and lobbying, labor, workplace issues and immigration for the Sacramento Business Journal.
Source: http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2013/11/15/sutter-davis-hospital-lands-award.html

Sutter Davis Hospital lands national quality award

The new policy, put into effect last month, removes most dietary supplements from the hospitals list of approved medicines, NPR reports . Mainly, this is because theyre not medicines at least not in the eyes of the Food and Drug Administration, which regulates them as foods. As such, according to the hospital , they cannot guarantee their safety and effectiveness. A recent study used DNA testing to discover that many herbal supplements are fake and some even contain toxic substances. Commonly used supplements included in the ban include melatonin, echinacea, chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine, CoEnzyme Q10, milk thistle, and probiotics. According to a member of the hospitals Therapeutic Standards Committee, administering these medications particularly to children with serious health complications is unethical when the risks are unknown, and when there are alternative treatments that have been proven in clinical trials to be safe and effective. CHOPs strong stance against supplements is led by Dr. Paul Offit, the hospitalschief of infectious diseases and a leading opponent of alternative medicines .I cant believe anyone would put a megavitamin in their mouth, Offit told U.S. News in July. He told NPR that the hospital is finally trying to do something that the FDA should have done long ago bydeveloping a list of approved exceptions that must be verified by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention and further confirmed by the hospital. The Natural Products Association, in a letter to the hospital, called the ban unfortunate and Offits crusade against the dietary supplement industry misleading. Lindsay Abrams is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on all things sustainable.
Source: http://www.salon.com/2013/11/14/philly_childrens_hospital_bans_herbs_and_supplements/

Philadelphia Children's Hospital Bars Herbs And Supplements

In what it describes as a break from other hospitals, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, or CHOP, last month removed most dietary supplements from its list of approved medicines, and established new policies for administering them. Dr. Paul Offit , chief of infectious diseases at CHOP, tells The Salt the move comes after a "growing level of frustration" over the years. Offit, who chairs the board which approved the new policy, says supplements often aren't what they claim to be. The Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, treats them as food, not pharmaceuticals. "The problem has been that we can't even get from most companies that certificate of analysis, that shows the product was independently tested and what's on the label is in the bottle," Offit says, pointing to a recent problems like in Hawaii, where a fat-burning supplement was linked to liver failure. Under CHOP's old policy, dietary supplements were treated as home medications. If a family brought them in, an attending doctor or nurse was obliged to evaluate them as best they could and administer them along with hospital-sanctioned meds during the patient's admission. If the supplements ran out, the provider would order more through the hospital pharmacy. Now, families are entirely responsible they have to obtain and administer the unapproved supplements themselves, notify a doctor when that happens, and sign a waiver form .
Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/11/14/245234880/philadelphia-childrens-hospital-bars-herbs-and-supplements

(NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images) A Typhoon Haiyan survivor burns debris in front of the ruins of his home in the village of Marabut, Samar Island, Philippines, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) A Typhoon Haiyan survivor carries a child wrapped in a towel as he watches a helicopter landing to bring aid to the destroyed town of Guiuan, Samar Island, Philippines, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) A Filipino woman embraces her good luck dwarf statue salvaged from her destroyed home in an area devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) As the sun sets, it lights the sky over the area devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, in Tacloban, central Philippines, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) U.S.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/15/china-hospital-ship-typhoon_n_4279499.html

November 14 2013

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Fitch Affirms Cedars Sinai Medical Center (ca) Rev Bonds At 'a+'; Outlook To Positive

Solta Medical explores sale after loss exceeds estimate

Market Leader in Competitive Environment CSMC maintains a leading market share in its primary service area, despite facing strong competition from several highly regarded and reputable academic centers and healthcare systems in the greater Los Angeles area. CSMC has been able to capture a good share of the highly profitable tertiary and quaternary specialty and sub-specialty medical services and has the largest heart transplant program in the world. CSMC also has a highly aligned physician-hospital platform facilitated through its foundation, which is affiliated with over 800 physicians who practice in CSMC's service area. Manageable Capital Plans and Moderating Debt Burden The AHSP's budget was $613 million and the project came in $121 million under budget, which is a significant amount of savings. This can be attributed to CSMC's in-house project management team that oversaw the integrated planning and construction. There were very few change orders and the utilization of building information modeling technology avoided potential system clashes. This building provides CSMC with the flexibility to add additional capacity depending on volume growth trends. CSMC's total debt as of June 30, 2013 was $1.1 billion and is 100% fixed rate. CSMC's debt burden has historically been high for its rating level, however, maximum annual debt service (MADS) as a percentage of revenue has declined to 3.4% in fiscal 2013 from 4.7% in fiscal 2009 compared to the 'A' category median of 3.1%. Debt service coverage has also improved to 5.3x in fiscal 2013 compared to 3x in fiscal 2012 and 3.7x in fiscal 2011.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/fitch-affirms-cedars-sinai-medical-211100465.html

Medical marijuana advocates in Colorado give pot to pets

(File/UPI /Jim Bryant | License Photo Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Some medical marijuana enthusiasts in Colorado are taking the "holistic approach" by giving their pets pot to deal with pain. As animals age, its harder for them to do things like fetch, run and play, prompting some owners to prescribe marijuana to help fix the problem . "Arthritis is the really big thing for our pets as they get older, for being able to move about and get their exercise, pet owner Barbara Novey told local Fox affiliate KXRM. "So medication of any type that will help someone that is natural will help their pet as well, and I think that maybe our pets can help us purge this reefer madness mentality and realize that it's not the dangerous drug that you think it is." Novey thinks pot is therapeutic for her pooch, but NorthWest Animal Hospital veterinarian Dr. John Sudduth asserts that giving a dog medical marijuana can be deadly. "There just hasn't been enough research that has been presented to the medical community that would inform us to how to safely use medication such as marijuana. You're really playing with fire. You don't really know what you're giving and what kind of side effects it could have. It could result in serious illness and it could result in death in some cases." "Pets are not necessarily people in fur coats," Sudduth added. "And how they metabolize medications and utilize medications those are all separate issues that have to be determined." It is still illegal for veterinarians to prescribe medical marijuana pills.
Source: http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/Blog/2013/11/13/Medical-marijuana-advocates-in-Colorado-give-pot-to-pets/2421384372629/

Hansen Medical's Magellan(TM) Robotic System to Be Presented at 40th Annual VEITHsymposium(TM) of Vascular Surgeons and Interventionalists

Roth Capital Markets analyst Chris Lewis said Solta's financial performance for the past few quarters would negatively affect its potential takeout valuation, but a company looking to enter the aesthetic devices space could be lured toward Solta's diverse product portfolio. Lewis named Canada's Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc (VRX.TO) as a prospective buyer, saying that "it has been rumored that Valeant wants to get involved on the device side." Valeant has aggressively pursued acquisitions in the last few years, and most recently sealed a deal to buy cosmetics products maker Obagi Medical Products Inc in April for about $344 million. The company continues to look for small, cash-based acquisitions, its chief executive officer told Reuters last month. Voce Capital was also behind pushing Obagi toward a buyout. The San Francisco-based investment firm, which said in May that it owned about 500,000 Solta shares, has repeatedly criticized Solta's quarterly results and also pointed toward growing consolidation in the aesthetic medical market, warning that Solta's "exit options" might be narrowing. Cynosure Inc (CYNO.O), a maker of minimally invasive aesthetic treatments, agreed to buy Palomar Medical Technologies Inc in March to expand its portfolio of light-based devices used to treat scars and wrinkles. The market for aesthetic devices fluctuated around 2008-2009 as patients put off discretionary spending amid an economic slump. However, demand has steadily grown and cosmetic surgical procedures increased more than 3 percent in the past year, with almost 1.7 million procedures in 2012, according to research by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Solta also unveiled on Monday a restructuring plan to cut annual costs by $12 million. The company's cash balance stood at $7.7 million at the end of September, compared with $16.3 million at the end of June.
Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/12/us-soltamedical-options-idUSBRE9AA0ZC20131112

Because The U.S. Invaded Haiti and Occupied It For Almost 20 Years Woodrow Wilson ordered the Marines to invade and occupy Haiti in 1915 after the assassination of the Haitian president. The troops didn't leave until 1934. Because The U.S. Invaded Haiti Again In 1994 One invasion wasn't good enough. The U.S. military returned in 1994. Because The U.S. Trained Military Leaders Who Committed Atrocities In Latin America The School of the Americas in Ft. Benning, Georgia, trained soldiers and generals responsible for massacres and torture of tens of thousands of Latin Americans, according to Al Jazeera.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/13/charlottes-web-marijuana_n_4261935.html

Milestone Medical sells $1.5 mln of additional shares

are expected to begin trading on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, the largest national stock exchange in Central and Eastern Europe and one of the fastest-growing exchanges in Europe, in late November 2013. About WDM WDM is Central and Eastern Europes leading small cap investment bank. It has been listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange since 2007. Over the past 6 years, WDM has taken over 50 companies public on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. It has raised over $150,000,000 in private equity, venture capital and public financing for its clients. WDMs investment management subsidiary, WDM Capital, manages a growing portfolio of some of the regions most promising micro caps. WDMs United States subsidiary, WDM Capital USA, provides access to CEE financing and investment opportunities for North American clients and North American financing and market access for CEE clients. For more information visit: www.wdmcapital.com. About Milestone Scientific Inc. Milestone Scientific Inc.
Source: http://www.pehub.com/2013/11/13/milestone-medical-sells-1-5-mln-additional-shares-wdm/

Weed Pioneers Look To Save Epileptic Kids With New Medical Marijuana Strain

-- Clinical Experience with Vascular Robotics (Hansen) In EVAR, Carotid and Other Vascular Applications, by Dr. Katzen; Thursday, November 21st at 2:12 p.m. "The VEITHsymposium is one of the year's most important vascular conferences and we are pleased to have our Magellan System highlighted prominently in numerous settings throughout the conference," said Bruce Barclay, President and CEO of Hansen Medical. "The high level of activity around intravascular robotics at this meeting is a strong reflection of the continuing momentum we are seeing both clinically and commercially with the Magellan System." About the Magellan(TM) Robotic System Hansen Medical's Magellan Robotic System is intended to be used to facilitate navigation to anatomical targets in the peripheral vasculature and subsequently provide a conduit for manual placement of therapeutic devices. The Magellan System is designed to deliver predictability to simple and complex endovascular procedures. Since its commercial introduction in the U.S. and Europe, the Magellan System has demonstrated its clinical versatility in many cases in a broad variety of peripheral vascular procedure types in centers across the US and Europe. The system is based upon the flexible robotic technology incorporated in the Sensei-X(R) Robotic Catheter System currently sold in the U.S. and Europe, which has been used in more than 10,000 patients, but includes a number of key enhancements. In particular, the Magellan Robotic System: -- Provides solid catheter stability for placement of therapeutic devices. -- Is designed to enable predictable procedure times and increased case throughput.
Source: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/hansen-medicals-magellantm-robotic-system-to-be-presented-at-40th-annual-veithsymposiumtm-of-vascular-surgeons-and-interventionalists-2013-11-13

November 12 2013

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Who Rates Typhoon's Medical Challenges "monumental"

A German medical team prepares to board a military helicopter in the devastated city of Tacloban, Philippines, on Nov. 11. coli, Cranmer says. "The Philippines has done quite a good job in handling cholera, so I don't anticipate that to be a problem." Later in the recovery period, there's a risk of other infections, such as measles (especially if vaccination campaigns are disrupted), tetanus, rabies, meningitis and even polio. Polio has been eliminated in the Philippines, "but we thought it was eliminated in Syria too," Cranmer tells Shots. And of course, everyday medical needs and problems will need attention dialysis patients, heart attack victims, women giving birth. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates there are 95,270 pregnant women in the typhoon zone; and Brennan says 15 percent of those births can be expected to involve complications. 'Absolute Bedlam' In The Philippines After Typhoon Haiyan But the Philippines has some advantages compared to Indonesia and Haiti. The sprawling archipelago has a better medical and public health infrastructure, Brennan says. A hint of that is readily apparent in the web postings of the Philippines' National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council situation reports that Cranmer calls "unbelievable" in their detail. "The Philippines is not the lowest of the low," Cranmer says.
Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/11/11/244588448/who-rates-typhoons-medical-challenges-monumental

Jupiter Medical Center Engages MedAssets for Cost Management and Operational Performance Approach

Relief may happen quickly for some or can occur slowly over time every patients experience is unique. Some patients, like Tarja Toikkanen, who came to my practice after years of traditional medical treatments failed to address her migraines, seek pain relief but end up finding emotional relief as well. I was taking prescription medicines, but a one month supply would only last me a couple weeks, Toikkanen, a 48-year-old nurse in South Florida, said. A friend of mine suggested acupuncture and recommended Dr. Perdue. I was willing to try anything just to feel better. The acupuncture treatments proved effective for treating Toikkanens migraines, but during her sessions, it was obvious that there was more going on than just migraine pain. While treating me for migraines, Dr. Perdue observed the difficult time I was going through in my personal life and she recommended Medical Qigong, Toikkanen said. She was right, I had been seeing a therapist and was on depression medication. For Toikkanen, her initial pain was addressed within a few months, but the wounds of her emotional battle were more difficult to unlock. However, she was determined to feel better.
Source: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/11/10/medical-qigong-alternative-therapy-for-pain/

3 arrested in slaying of Mich. medical student

Kate Shuttleworth , Special for USA TODAY 8:23 a.m. EST November 11, 2013 Israel's reliance on medical tourists to shore up its medical system is crowding our residents and must be curtailed, say critics. Hospitals say that money is necessary to their survival. Nisha Thakar came to Assuta Hospital in Tel Aviv, Israel in 2012 to have life-saving surgery on her kidney because it was affordable. (Photo: Smadar Benit Zak) Story Highlights Income from medical tourism increased sharply in the past two years to about $140 million in 2012 Hospitals here love medical tourists because they can charge them much more Israel has 1.91 hospital beds per 1000 residents, compared to the OECD average of 3.4 beds SHARE 47 CONNECT 39 TWEET 5 COMMENTEMAILMORE TEL AVIV - People from Eastern Europe, Cyprus and the United States have been flocking to Israel's public and private hospitals over the past five years for inexpensive, high-quality medical treatment. But this cash cow for the Israeli health care system may be in jeopardy. Israel's Health Minister Yael German is set to decide whether Israel's hospitals should be forced to curtail a business that has become an increasing part of their profits. German is the latest health official to be put on the spot to do something about a system critics say has hospitals devoting more rooms to foreigners when Israelis have to wait months for beds to open up. Previous efforts to reform the system have gone nowhere. Though the public hospitals refuse to say just how much of their wards are turned over to foreigners, they say cutting out medical tourism will slash revenues that are used to improve treatments for all. Calin Shapira, deputy director at the Ziv Medical Center in the north of Israel, said he felt his hospital had the balance about right but needed to boost foreign numbers, not cut them.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/11/11/israel-medical-tourism/3000539/

In Response to 'The Biggest Medical Discovery of Our Lifetimes'

To succeed in this field youll need to be confident, decisive and comfortable working with people, says Debra Krukowski, coordinator of the diagnostic medical sonography program at Triton College in River Grove. We deal with patients a very short period of time, but we are very intimate with them, so we have to quickly make them feel very comfortable with us. That's going to come from your presence and how comfortable you can make people feel. Sonographers work independently when performing their work, but are part of a health care team, working closely with doctors. Most sonographers work in hospitals, with some working at private physicians offices, outpatient facilities and labs. Education and training The most common path toward working as a sonographer is an associates degree from an accredited program, with most employers wanting certification after completion of your training. The coursework includes general math and science classes, sonography courses and hands-on practical training in a health care facility. In addition to Triton, Harper College in Palatine and the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn offer associates degree programs in sonography. If youve already got training and certification in another health care field, you might be able to take a one-year certificate program. Specialties Sonographers often specialize in one or more areas of the profession, with specialties including abdominal, musculoskeletal, breast, neurosonography, obstetric/gynecology and echocardiography.
Source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/realestate/chi-diagnostic-medical-sonographers-20131111,0,2154515.story

Medical Qigong: An alternative therapy for pain

"We hope today's developments provide some solace to Paul DeWolf's family and friends, who remain in our thoughts," university President Mary Sue Coleman said in a statement. The health system, where DeWolf was a student, said it hopes the arrest bring closure. "The loss of Paul DeWolf was a terrible shock and tragedy for our entire medical school community, and we are heartened by this development and thankful for the diligent work of the U-M police and the Ann Arbor Police Department," a statement said. A co-worker discovered DeWolf after checking on him at 11:30 a.m. July 24, when he failed to show up for work at the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor. He lived in the Phi Rho Sigma house, where a couple of dozen men and women who are attending medical school live. The house has shared space and a front and back door, along with individual rooms that have locks on the doors. A day before DeWolf was discovered dead, a burglary was reported next door around 8:30 p.m., according to an online crime report and police. Police believe DeWolf was killed the night of July 23 or early on July 24. Paul DeWolf ran marathons, played volleyball, scuba dived and played several musical instruments, including the piano, French horn and, more recently, acoustic guitar.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/07/3-arrested-in-slaying-of-mich-medical-student-/3469847/

Medical tourism in Israel hurting Israelis?

11, 2013, 10:00 a.m. EST Jupiter Medical Center Engages MedAssets for Cost Management and Operational Performance Approach Relationship to Emphasize Broad Strategic Vision for Aligning Cost of Care with Clinical Outcomes ATLANTA, Nov 11, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- MedAssets /quotes/zigman/107728/delayed/quotes/nls/mdas MDAS -1.68% today announced that Jupiter Medical Center, a 283-bed not-for-profit regional medical center in Jupiter, Fla., recently engaged the company for its consulting and technology-enabled services to enhance operational efficiency and reduce the total cost of care. Plans call for Jupiter Medical Center to utilize MedAssets Strategic Sourcing, Cost Analytics, Clinical Resource Management and Workforce Solutions to drive toward a clinically-integrated supply chain while also improving labor and optimizing resource management and performance. "As healthcare continues to evolve toward a value-based system, our relationship with MedAssets will assist in expanding our traditional cost management approach to a broader, more strategic vision that aligns the cost of care with clinical outcomes," said Dale Hocking, vice president and chief financial officer, Jupiter Medical Center. "MedAssets has the experience, expertise and technology to help us develop a holistic approach to performance improvement that creates sustainable savings and delivers effective and efficient patient care at optimal cost." New Strategies for Cost Management and Clinical Operations The realities of today's healthcare market and the accompanying new reimbursement models are requiring providers to focus concurrently on improving revenue, performance and care delivery. MedAssets is helping Jupiter Medical Center design and implement the best path forward to achieve significant, measurable savings through comprehensive evidence-based solutions, best practice processes and analytics tools to deliver sustainable financial, operational and clinical performance improvement. Together, the teams will focus on linking standardization and utilization of physician preference items to costs, optimizing workforce staffing and scheduling, strengthening operational processes, and better managing supply costs, "We are pleased that Jupiter Medical Center has chosen MedAssets to help achieve financial and operational improvements so that it can sustainably serve the needs of the community," said Mike Nolte, chief operating officer, MedAssets. "Using data-driven insights, our solutions enable informed changes that drive total cost reduction, financial optimization, clinical delivery alignment and operational efficiency." About Jupiter Medical Center Jupiter Medical Center is a not-for-profit regional medical center consisting of 163 private acute care hospital beds and 120 beds for long-term, sub-acute rehabilitation and hospice care. It provides a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in oncology, imaging, orthopedics and spine, digestive health, emergency services, lung and thoracic, women's health, weight management and men's health. Founded in 1979, the Medical Center has approximately 1,500 team members, 520 physicians and 700 volunteers and is the recipient of the HealthGrades "America's 50 Best" Award(TM) for three consecutive years (2011-2013) and the Distinguished Hospital Award - Clinical Excellence(TM) for nine years in a row (2005-2013). For more information, please visit www.jupitermed.com.
Source: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/jupiter-medical-center-engages-medassets-for-cost-management-and-operational-performance-approach-2013-11-11

Solta Medical to evaluate strategic alternatives

"We have carefully reviewed the implications of the reductions we have made and are confident that we will be able to maintain our robust product pipeline and continue to bring to market innovative aesthetic products," said Interim Chief Executive Mark Sieczkarek. Solta Medical has also reached an agreement with a secured debt lender for a $40 million financing, which the company said would provide it with the working capital necessary to execute its operating plan to regain growth in the market. The company, which makes devices for skin resurfacing and rejuvenation, acne reduction, and other uses, has posted revenue below analyst expectations in recent periods. However, Solta Medical said Monday it is in the process of implementing changes to the sales structure and marketing approach in North America and said it is beginning to see signs that the strategy is generating results in the fourth quarter. "Despite the disappointing financial results in Q3, we have made recent progress in stabilizing and reinvigorating the North American sales force and expect to enter 2014 with growing momentum," Mr. Sieczkarek said. The company on Monday reported it swung to a third-quarter profit as results were helped by an $8.7 million credit for the fair value reassessment of expected earn out payments associated with the acquisitions of Liposonix and Sound Surgical Technologies. Excluding special items, the company posted an adjusted loss. Revenue, meanwhile, was hurt by lower average selling prices on systems, primarily on the Liposonix products, and a higher proportion of international distributor business. Overall, Solta Medical posted a profit of $644,000, or a penny a share, compared with a year-earlier loss of $2.9 million, or four cents a share.
Source: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/solta-medical-to-evaluate-strategic-alternatives-2013-11-11

Need grows for diagnostic medical sonographers

Health careers That set of possibilities is further refined by an understanding of epidemiologic data and research-based evidence -- two arms that continue to advance with the adoption of electronic medical records. It is a holistic process founded in an old principle of problem solving -- Occam's razor. Medicine isn't the only field to apply the theory of Sir William of Ockham. Law, mathematics, psychology and almost every scientific field employs this idea that the fewest assumptions lead to the most probable solution -- and in medicine we explain it as "the fewest causes accounting for all symptoms." Dr. Hyman's grand statement that functional medicine's future is "looking at patterns and connecting everything together" is predated. Sir, with all respect due to you, physicians have been doing this for centuries. Every day, most likely at 7 a.m. or noon, there are probably well over 100,000 residents, medical students, fellows, and attending physicians across the country participating in their round table-like discussions with differential diagnosis at the center of it all. These conferences exercise our ability and skill to arrive at well-reasoned diagnoses, as well as to consider appropriate alternative diagnoses.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/omar-shakir/functional-medicine_b_4243927.html

November 10 2013

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John Fox Released From Hospital

Confusion over race hindered search for hospital patient found dead

Hospital employee stepped over body of missing patient, reports say Fox also released a statement, providing an update on his condition: "My recovery is progressing well -- I am feeling better and getting stronger each day. I will begin the next phase of my recovery in Charlotte and continue outpatient appointments with doctors, who will clear me to return to Denver when the time is right. Although I'm eager to return to coaching, my No. 1 focus is my health. I believe in our players and have full confidence in Jack Del Rio and our staff." Del Rio, knowing Fox's affinity for his cellphone and for not usually sitting still, added with a smile; "I'm not sure [wife] Robin is as excited, but it's obviously great news.'' Asked if Fox, who still has a home in the Charlotte area after being Panthers coach for nine seasons, had any restrictions at this point about how much interaction he could have with the team, Del Rio said: "I really don't know about a lot of that other than he obviously went through quite a bit and he's on the road to recovery. "The first step is getting out of that hospital. That's a big one for him and I'm sure he's glad to be at home resting and recovering, and he'll join us as soon as he can.'" Del Rio added he now expected to talk to Fox "almost on a daily basis," even though Fox is not yet able to travel to Denver. Fox is on leave of absence after experiencing dizziness and light-headedness during a round of golf Saturday. After being taken to a hospital for a battery of tests, doctors scheduled Fox's surgery to replace his aortic valve for Monday.
Source: http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9946629/denver-broncos-coach-john-fox-hospital

Hot_Read_NFL 131106 - Index [203x114] Still, because Spalding was not on a psychiatric hold, she was not formally considered a missing person by deputies at the hospital, who were on the lookout and said that if they saw her they'd bring her back. But they weren't systematically searching for her. Spalding's daughter contacted the San Francisco Police Department, which launched the missing person case. The search was further stymied by surveillance system hardware issues that prompted an eight-day delay in providing video to police that might have shown Spalding leaving the facility. Meanwhile, a search of the "entire campus" by deputies, which hospital officials requested Sept. 30, "did not include all stairwells," Mirkarimi said. Although it resumed the following day, "only about half the stairwells were searched." The last contact with deputies came on the morning of Oct. 4, when a member of the hospital's medical staff called to say "someone had told the staff person that there was somebody laying on the landing in the 3rd or 4th floor of stairwell 8." "The communications center staff responded, 'We'll look into it,' " the findings state. "There is no indication that anyone was dispatched to the exterior stairwell." Spalding's body was found there four days later.
Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-patient-stairwell-20131107,0,7403283.story

Jury Convicts Husband in Ohio Hospital Shooting

The provincial hospital has been operating on a provisional license that would expire in December unless it shows the government that it can function as a tertiary hospital in a new facility, Baguilat said. The investigation should be completed within a month to give the government time to enforce remedies or employ alternative solutions before the hospital loses its license, he said. In an Oct. 14 resolution, the Ifugao provincial board urged Gov. Denis Habawel to suspend work on the new hospital building on the request of Jonas Kinakin, Poblacion North barangay captain, who complained in August that a concrete gutter mounted by the contractor had collapsed. Resolution No. 2013-58 cites testimonies from the provincial monitoring team and the boards observations following a site inspection in September, when it enumerated 10 structural defects it wanted investigated by experts. A report from the office of the provincial engineer also said assorted lumber scraps, cement bag paper and boulders were discovered [to have been] used as part of the concrete filler in one of the cement pouring sections on Oct. 5. This was part of a list of violations allegedly made by the contractor in the course of work from March 5 to Oct.
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Ifugao hospital construction stopped

COYNE Associated Press An Ohio man who said he fatally shot his hospitalized wife out of love because of her debilitated condition that left her unable to speak, was convicted by a jury on Friday and could face life in prison. Police say John Wise, 68, calmly walked into Barbara Wise's hospital room on Aug. 4, 2012, and shot her at her bedside. She died the next day. Barbara Wise, 65, was in the intensive care unit at Akron General Medical Center after suffering triple cerebral aneurysms that had left her unable to speak, a family friend has said. Wise testified that he couldn't stand to see his wife of 45 years in pain in the hospital. "She opened her eyes and looked at me like she was in pain and a tear rolled down her cheek," Wise told the jury this week. "I decided then what I was going to do." Hours later he returned to the hospital with a gun. "My recollection is that I walked in there, and within two minutes, I kissed her on the cheek and shot her," he said.
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/jury-deliberates-case-ohio-man-shot-wife-20832122

Workers reassigned in wake of San Francisco hospital death

The transfers came Wednesday, he said, the same day that Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi revealed breakdowns in the department's response to the disappearance of 57-year-old Lynne Spalding. Seven deputies and institutional officers have also been transferred into the hospital's security detail, Nicco says. Spalding was found Oct. 8 by a building engineer, 17 days after she was first reported missing from her hospital room, where she was being treated for a bladder infection. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the reassigned dispatcher had promised, "We'll take care of it" -- but apparently did nothing -- when a hospital staffer called Oct. 4 to report seeing someone in the stairwell. Mirkarimi acknowledged Wednesday that there was "no indication" that anyone was ever dispatched to the stairwell after that report. It was not immediately clear what role the sergeant and two senior deputies who were also transferred had in the matter. Nicco said the transfers are not considered disciplinary and that no employees have been notified of any misconduct charges. Mirkarimi also announced Wednesday that he would assign a new commander to the hospital security detail -- Capt.
Source: http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_24491345/workers-reassigned-wake-san-francisco-hospital-death

November 08 2013

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Nurse Who Served In Iraq Says, 'take Care' Of Veterans

"As a nurse I've seen people die before, but not to the magnitude of over there." Family history Maloof is the youngest child of George and Bertha Maloof who moved to Foxboro from West Roxbury just before the birth of their only daughter. Maloof has five older brothers and is the only one of her parents' six children who joined the military; however, she is part of a family tree with many branches that reach back in history to the armed forces. Her father was a World War II veteran; she had two uncles on her mother's side in the military and grandparents on both sides of her family proudly wore the uniform to represent the red, white and blue. Even Maloof's mother, who still lives in town, played an important role on the home front during WWII. "My mother worked in the factories that were converted to manufacture parts for munitions and other war necessities. Specifically she talks about working on putting together the cones for missiles, other munitions and vehicles." She did not set out to join the military at first, but did follow in her mother's footsteps. "I always knew I wanted to be a nurse because my mother was a nurse," the younger Bertha Maloof, called Bea, said. "My mother studied and had early training, but never really had a job as a nurse because she got married and had a family." Maloof joined the army in February, 1983 at the rank of Private and began basic training at Fort Dix in New Jersey. From New Jersey, she went on to Fort Sam Houston in Texas for more advanced medical training.
Source: http://www.foxbororeporter.com/articles/2013/11/07/news/14224596.txt

Nurse staffing bill doomed in D.C.

7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The November 2013 supplement edition of PEDIATRICS contains an in-depth look at current research and innovations, as well as a process for moving these innovations to practice, for the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) the leading evidence-based home visiting program for young mothers. PEDIATRICS is the official peer-reviewed journal of The American Academy of Pediatrics. NFP has an unsurpassed body of evidence of its effectiveness, beginning with three randomized, controlled trials. Yet, "evidence-based interventions are rarely final products," as lead author of the article and Nurse-Family Partnership founder David Olds, PhD, said. "It is important that the new studies being conducted to improve the Nurse-Family Partnership program in community practice also retain the program's evidentiary foundations that were established over more than three decades of research." In the Nurse-Family Partnership program, registered nurses make home visits to low-income women who are having their first babies, from pregnancy until the child turns 2. The program's main goals are a healthy pregnancy and delivery, improved child health and development through improved parenting skills, and economic self-sufficiency for the families. The PEDIATRICS article, "Improving the Nurse-Family Partnership in Community Practice," outlines a number of research projects and program enhancements that build upon the strong foundation of the program, including methods for nurse home visitors to better classify the risks and strengths of a family entering the program, which are designed to improve the program's efficiency and effectiveness. Another community site-based trial delivered consistent, promising results in increasing retention rates and the number of home visits for family participants. Other program enhancements developed through rigorous new research include a new intervention for NFP nurses to use to address intimate partner violence, with a 15-site randomized, controlled trial underway with funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; development of mental health tools consistent with the NFP program; and creation of a new tool to help NFP nurses better assess a parent's skill level in caring for their child. "The Nurse-Family Partnership program has been demonstrated to work effectively because it is both rigorously researched and flexible in its approach," said Thomas R. Jenkins Jr., NFP president and CEO.
Source: http://news.yahoo.com/pediatrics-article-highlights-innovations-within-nurse-family-partnership-170600045.html

Misconduct caution for chief nurse

Two other children, Messiah White, 3, and McKenzie Florence, 2, also died. Allen said the two were sleeping over at the home. A fifth child, 11-year-old Nautica McCrary, escaped the burning home and was taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. (David Tulis / AP) Dangerous Days Fire burns aboard two fuel barges along the Mobile River after explosions sent three workers to the hospital Wednesday April 24, 2013. Fire officials have pulled units back from fighting the fire due to the explosions and no immediate threat to lives. (John David Mercer / AP) Dangerous Days An injured woman gets treatment after an explosion in downtown Prague, Czech Republic, Monday, April 29, 2013. Police said a powerful explosion has damaged a building in the center of the Czech capital and they believe some people are buried in the rubble. (Petr David Josek / AP) Dangerous Days An alligator crosses the 14th fairway during the first round of the PGA Tour Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., on Thursday, April 25, 2013. (Gerald Herbert / AP) Dangerous Days People and rescuers gather after an eight-story building housing several garment factories collapsed in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, April 24, 2013.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/08/aimee-larkin-nurse-howard-kinney-patient-murder-suicide_n_4239496.html

PEDIATRICS Article Highlights Innovations within Nurse-Family Partnership

Janice Harry failed to make sure there was adequate nursing cover on A&E and two other wards between 1998 and 2006. Mrs Harry was found guilty of misconduct but allegations that she bullied colleagues were not proved. A Nursing and Midwifery Council panel found she was still fit to practice but gave her a five-year caution order. The panel heard that during some night shifts, a single nurse was looking after 17 patients on a ward. It said Mrs Harry should have been focused on staffing levels but she was distracted by "training, targets and other matters". 'Risk of harm' In making its decision the panel told her: "You had effectively closed your mind to your direct operational responsibilities and had limited yourself to the strategic role. "You had the professional responsibility for every nurse in the Trust....you had in the past placed patients at risk of harm." The panel also reprimanded Mrs Harry for using inappropriate language towards a colleague, after she told her she was a "waste of space". She was cleared of charges relating to cleanliness and hygiene, inappropriate handling of incident forms, telling staff off, reducing a colleague to tears and disregarding staff concerns. Mrs Harry was employed by Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and its predecessor, Mid Staffordshire General Hospitals NHS Trust, from 1998 to 2006. She worked as the director of nursing and quality assurance at Stafford Hospital from 1998.
Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-24858475

Aimee Larkin, Nurse, Allegedly Killed Howard Kinney, Patient, In Murder-Suicide

The Patient Protection Act is doomed, despite the nurses strong showing out of the gate in February, when they convinced a nine-member majority to introduce the proposal imposing strict nurse-to-patient ratios on District hospitals and penalties for noncompliance. First of all, Health Committee Chair Yvette Alexander, D-Ward 7, has near absolute control over the bills fate. Even though she was among the co-introducers, shes been dragged kicking and screaming this far. Numerous council colleagues (and the hospital industry) are counting on her to stuff the bill in her pocket and forget about it; appetites are thin for another big labor-backed bill this close to an election year after Mayor Vincent Gray 's veto of the Large Retailer Accountability Act and subsequent council affirmation . Alexander has said more than once it may not ever proceed beyond Fridays hearing. She cites concerns raised by hospital administrators since she co-introduced the bill, implying that even conducting the hearing at all should be seen as a concession. You can look at it at another way. I didnt have to have a hearing at all, she told me. But for the sake of argument, lets say Alexander does eventually move it. The only committee member I'm able to identify as leaning the nurses' way is Councilwoman Anita Bonds, D-At large. And she, like most, won't commit either way.
Source: http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/blog/2013/11/nurse-staffing-bill-doomed-in-dc.html

Ex-Stafford Hospital chief nurse cautioned for 'putting patients at risk'

Janice Harry was cautioned after being found guilty of misconduct but is still allowed to work as a nurse, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) ruled. Earlier this week, the panel found that by not ensuring there were adequate nursing staff on a number of wards, Mrs Harry put patients at risk. Between 1998 and 2006, Mrs Harry failed to ensure there were adequate numbers of nurses working in the accident and emergency department, the emergency admission unit (EAU) and another ward, the panel said. Mrs Harry was criticised for not ensuring that her colleagues provided patient dignity and privacy in the EAU between 2004 and 2006. The nurse also failed to ensure there was appropriate food and drink in the unit, the panel concluded. Mrs Harry was employed by Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and its predecessor Mid Staffordshire General Hospitals NHS Trust from 1998 to 2006. From 1998, she was director of nursing and quality assurance at Stafford Hospital and in 2002 was appointed director of clinical standards and chief nurse as well as director of infection prevention and control. Stafford Hospital was at the centre of a major public inquiry after it was found that poor care could have led to the deaths of hundreds of patients as a result of maltreatment and neglect. The inquiry highlighted the "appalling and unnecessary suffering of hundreds of people" at the trust and investigations into the scandal revealed that many patients were left lying in their own urine and excrement for days, forced to drink water from vases or given the wrong medication.
Source: http://home.bt.com/news/uknews/misconduct-caution-for-chief-nurse-11363847981787

November 07 2013

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Nurse Shoots Nursing Home Resident, Herself In Apparent Murder-suicide

Key UW players continue to nurse injuries

The incident took place at Abington Manor, a 120-bed Genesis HealthCare facility in the town of Clarks Summit. Aimee Larkin, a 42-year-old licensed practical nurse who had worked at Abington Manor since 2011, is believed to have killed 79-year-old resident Howard Kinney, according to local reports. The shooting took place at about 5:30 p.m. Monday while Larkin was working a shift, police say. They identified the weapon as a semiautomatic gun, and said that Larkin apparently shot Kinney in the chest and then shot herself in the head. No suicide note was found and investigators did not immediately have an idea about Larkin's motives, South Abington Township Police Chief Robert Gerrity told reporters. Larkin's coworkers said they did not have reason to believe Larkin was disgruntled or that she and Kinney had a contentious relationship, according to the Scranton Times Tribune . The incident was shocking and isolated, Abington Manor spokeswoman Jeanne Moore said in an emailed statement. She noted that this is the first incidence of violence since the facility opened 28 years ago. The safety and wellbeing of residents and staff are of paramount concern, and grief counselors were on site for every shift on Tuesday, Moore added. Similar Articles
Source: http://www.mcknights.com/nurse-shoots-nursing-home-resident-herself-in-apparent-murder-suicide/article/319684/

Nurse ?risked patient safety?

Janice Harry put patients at Stafford Hospital at risk, the Nursing and Midwifery Council panel ruled He threw two interceptions but also had three touchdown passes. Despite missing 4 quarters, Abbrederis leads UW in receptions (46), receiving yards (782) and touchdown receptions (six). "We get a lot of work in practice and a lot of guys get in and get reps," Abbrederis said when asked if the experience against Northwestern will benefit Stave this week if he must play without the team's best wide receiver. Borland said Monday he expected to play against BYU. On Tuesday he was in full pads when the defense was working in Camp Randall Stadium before moving inside to the McClain Center Marcus Trotter, who replaced Borland at Iowa and finished with a team-high nine tackles, worked with the No. 1 defense Tuesday. With O'Neill out, Derek Landisch and Ethan Armstrong got work inside. When Armstrong moved inside, Joe Schobert took his place at field backer with the No. 1 unit.
Source: http://www.jsonline.com/sports/badgers/key-uw-players-continue-to-nurse-injuries-b99135674z1-230763311.html

We were not real good at crossword puzzles, Ferguson laughed. Between the two of us wed leave it there all night long and sometimes wed go, Oh! and think of one hours into the shift. As the disease progressed, work became more difficult, although she insisted on working as much as she was able, and she retained her sunny personality through it all. She was the most positive person I think Ive ever met. After she was diagnosed she still just kept going, Noyes said. It got to the point where she could only work half shifts. Never once would she complain, and you could tell she was in pain but she never, ever complained. Slegers died July 10. She was 31. Not having her around the hospital anymore was painful enough, but seeing her stash of baby bags dwindle to disappearance felt like another layer of loss. So Brenda Hartman, who was the assistant nurse manager at the time, suggested replenishing the bags as a way to remember Slegers, Ferguson said. The Central Peninsula Health Foundation got involved to support the program, and also established a scholarship for aspiring nurses in Slegers name. Fergusons son, Ian, a senior at Kenai Central High School, made the establishment of Sarahs Closet his senior project, starting a Facebook page for the organization, spreading the word though social media and helping put together donation boxes to be distributed around town.
Source: http://redoubtreporter.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/nursing-a-legacy-of-love-sarahs-closet-drive-preserves-memory-of-mom-nurse/

Nursing a legacy of love ? Sarah?s Closet drive preserves memory of mom, nurse

Photo courtesy of the Slegers family. Sarah Slegers and son, Jake, as an infant. Slegers donated her extra baby clothes to moms at the hospital. By not ensuring that there were adequate nursing staff on a number of wards, Janice Harry put patients at risk, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) panel ruled. Between 1998 and 2006 Ms Harry failed to ensure there were adequate nursing staff in the accident and emergency department, the emergency admission unit (EAU) and another ward, the panel found. Mrs Harry was also criticised for not ensuring that her colleagues provided patient dignity and privacy in the EAU between 2004 and 2006. The nurse also failed to ensure there was appropriate food and drink in the unit, the panel concluded. She will also be reprimanded for using inappropriate language towards a colleague after telling her that she was a waste of space. Mrs Harry was employed by Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and its predecessor Mid Staffordshire General Hospitals NHS Trust from 1998 to 2006. From 1998, she was director of nursing and quality assurance at Stafford Hospital and in 2002 was appointed director of clinical standards and chief nurse as well as director of infection prevention and control. Harry has appeared before an NMC hearing accused of a string of misconduct charges relating to her role at the scandal-hit trust. Today the fitness to practice panel found her guilty of some of the charges but cleared her of others. She was cleared of charges relating to cleanliness and hygiene, inappropriate handling of incident forms, telling staff off, reducing a colleague to tears and disregarding staff concerns, among other allegations. When giving evidence to the disciplinary hearing in London, Mrs Harry admitted she could be intense at times in her dealin gs with staff.
Source: http://www.thisisjersey.com/news/uk-news/2013/11/05/stafford-nurse-guilty-of-misconduct/

November 05 2013

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Hospital Chain Sutter Health Settles Suit Over Anesthesia Billing

Decision on Fort Mill hospital could be released this week

By Chad Terhune November 4, 2013, 7:52 p.m. A major California hospital chain, Sutter Health, agreed to pay $46 million and disclose more pricing information to consumers to resolve a whistle-blower complaint alleging false and misleading charges for anesthesia . Sutter Health, which runs 24 acute-care hospitals in Northern California, said it reached the settlement Monday just prior to a trial starting this month over the allegations that it added thousands of dollars for "Code 37x" anesthesia charges that were already covered by other billing for the hospital operating room. Nationwide, federal officials and consumer advocates have been putting pressure on hospitals to explain their high prices, while many employers have been demanding greater price transparency in an attempt to hold down costs. Also Anthem Blue Cross is sued over policy cancellations The accord resolves a 2009 whistle-blower complaint against the Sacramento hospital company from a billing auditor, Rockville Recovery Associates. The California Department of Insurance joined the suit in 2011. The state's insurance commissioner, Dave Jones, hailed the settlement as a major victory for consumers who often face large medical bills that are difficult to decipher. As part of the agreement, Sutter agreed to disclose its actual costs and prices for each part of its anesthesia billing. The nonprofit health system also agreed to permit insurers to more readily contest its bills and to charge for anesthesia on a flat-fee basis going forward. "This settlement represents a groundbreaking step in opening up hospital billing to public scrutiny," Jones said. "This new transparency should lead to lower prices and point the way to similar billing reforms for all types of hospital services." Sutter didn't admit to any wrongdoing as part of the settlement, and spokesman Bill Gleeson said it opted for the agreement to avoid spending significant resources contesting the allegations at trial.
Source: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-sutter-hospital-billing-20131105,0,6539910.story

Gary Kubiak Conscious, At Hospital After Collapsing On Field: Colts Rally To Beat Texans 27-24

Among recent departures were assistant head coach Alex Gibbs (for Seattle) and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan went to join his father, Mike, in Washington. Last year, the Texans announced contract extensions for both Smith and Kubiak, rewarding them for taking the team to the playoffs last year for the first time. Kubiak's three-year agreement has him under contract through 2014. McNair said at the time he offered Kubiak a four-year deal, but the coach preferred to make it for three. Kubiak made his mark as Denver's offensive coordinator under Mike Shanahan, winning two Super Bowls. An eighth-round pick out of Texas A&M, he spent nine years as John Elway's backup. He finished his career 4-1 as a starter, all in emergency relief of Elway. ___ Loading Slideshow Gary Kubiak Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak, center, his helped after he collapsed on the field during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Gary Kubiak Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak, center, is helped after he collapsed on the field during the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov.
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Poll: 48% say federal launch of Obamacare was poor Dr Ferguson said he was pleased that the unit eliminates the need for the use of a processor to develop the images and so it decreases the turnaround time. "It also allows physicians to access the images remotely. That is important because once you can remotely access the images it means that it is easy to get a second opinion, not just in Jamaica but any part of the globe. And this is why once you start to put this kind of infrastructure in place, you begin to establish a platform for tele-medicine, a platform for all the kinds of modern medicine that our people deserve," he stated. Expressing gratitude for the unit, Chief Executive Officer of the hospital Colleen Wright said the new machine is "like a blessing to us" noting that the previous unit, which also served Port Antonio in Portland, broke down frequently, and patients were inconvenienced by having to go into Kingston to access X-ray services. In his remarks, Chairman of the South East Regional Health Authority Lyttleton Shirley noted that last year, approximately 8,000 X-rays were done at the hospital, which, he said, is a true testament of the demand for this service. "I have no doubt that the new state-of-the-art unit, which is the first of its kind in the South East region, will go a long way in providing improved X-ray services to the residents of S. Thomas and I am particularly pleased that the unit will not only increase the turnaround time for images but it will also allow for images to be accessed remotely," he said. For his part, Chairman of the NHF Sterling Soares said the Princess Margaret Hospital is one of the many health entities to benefit from the fund's institutional benefits programme.
Source: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Princess-Margaret-Hospital-gets-state-of-the-art-digital-X-ray-unit_15386278

Princess Margaret Hospital gets state-of-the-art digital X-ray unit

A CMC-Fort Mill hospital would allowed them to get health care closer to home, Carolinas Healthcare attorneys said. CMC officials estimated that they are already serving more than 50 percent of the patients in the Fort Mill-Tega Cay area. It is an area rich with a high percentage of insurance-carrying patients. Quality of health care was also debated. Doctors testifying for Piedmont said the loss of patients could affect their medical skills because of their need to have a certain number of cases to maintain their proficiency, especially in the more complicated specialties. During DHECs review of applications, Piedmont officials said a continued loss of patients and revenues to Carolinas HealthCare hospitals in Pineville, N.C., and/or Fort Mill could force PMC to close its neonatal, infusion and wound care centers, as well as make cuts in the emergency department. PMC, however, is expanding it emergency department. The emergency department is the largest source of hospital admissions. The emergency department expansion is part of Piedmonts strategy to compete with Carolinas HealthCare in York County.
Source: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/11/03/4438720/decision-on-fort-mill-hospital.html

Florida Hospital Apopka relocating, doubling in size: report

Florida Hospital Apopka is buying land for a new bed tower, which would add jobs and provide opportunities for the construction industry. 1 that the hospital is buying property in Apopka for a larger new replacement hospital. The land is on Harmon Road, near Ocoee Apopka Road, near the intersection of State Roads 414, 429 and 451. The plan is to double the current number of beds at the hospital from 50 to 100. The news means opportunities for contractors, architects and trade groups, as well as work for an as-yet unknown number of construction workers. Additionally, the expansion, if approved, would add new health care jobs to the Orange County economy. According to the Health Council of East Central Florida, Florida Hospital Apopka had a 54 percent occupancy rate for its acute care beds in second-quarter 2013. The most important design driver for our relocation was to stay within and continue to serve the Apopka community, said Jennifer Wandersleben , vice president and administrator of Florida Hospital Apopka in a news release. Our community desires and needs a full-service hospital close to home that offers the latest technology and a comprehensive medical staff to serve the health care needs of our community. Additionally, the entire new hospital would have private rooms, whereas now 80 percent of the rooms are semi-private in the current location. Surgical services also would be a part of the new hospital, including the recruitment of new surgeons to the area, according to the release. Jennifer Roberts , spokeswoman for Florida Hospital, said the hospital must get state permission for the expansion. Check here for more details.
Source: http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/blog/2013/11/florida-hospital-apopka-to-get-new-bed.html

November 03 2013

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Case Of Missing Florida School Nurse Now A Homicide Probe After Body Found

Genene Jones Update: Texas DA meets with moms fighting to keep the "killer nurse" behind bars

Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office said the case has developed into a homicide investigation after the body of the mother of three was found in a remote sugar cane field Wednesday. Police say there had been a violent confrontation at Lindseys home before her body was removed and dumped 85 miles away. Lindsey, 49, was last seen Sunday and gave no indication that anything was wrong in a text message to her daughter that night. She had recently returned home from a trip out of town. She was reported missing Monday after failing to show for work at Bak Middle School of the Arts in West Palm Beach. Authorities arrived at her home and found her vehicle as well as other personal items in the home. It breaks our hearts to have to write this, but our mom has passed away, Lindseys daughters posted on a Facebook page dedicated to finding her. There are no words to describe how we feel. This is an extremely tough time for us but we will try to stay Kim strong. Thank you everyone for all your help in the search, and please keep Kim alive in your hearts.
Source: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/11/03/case-missing-florida-school-nurse-now-homicide-probe-after-body-found/

JFK anniversary: Nurse recalls feeling for President Kennedy's vital signs in hospital after shooting

But there are records for both types of exams on June 2, 2011, for the second woman to testify, "K.M.," she said. Next week, a third woman, identified as "C.R.," is expected to testify about her own, similar allegations. Thomas testified Friday that there are no billing or medical records that indicate that Westbrook conducted breast or pelvic exams on C.R. on the three dates she saw him, March 9, 2011, April 6, 2011 and Jan. 24, 2012. Two other women who haven't testified yet, "K.N." and "A.R.," are expected to say Westbrook caressed or squeezed their breasts during visits. Thomas addressed their records Friday, too, saying there are none to indicate that either received a breast exam during their visits in October of 2011. Thomas and doctors have testified that it is important for physicians to document what they do for a number of reasons. Thomas said it is their ethical responsibility to the patient, and is necessary to remain in good standing with the insurance companies. Also testifying Friday was a director of victim services for a rape crisis center, who said it is not unusual for victims to delay their disclosure of sex assaults. They often feel ashamed or embarrassed, said Peggy Pisano of the Rape Crisis Center of Milford.
Source: http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-westbrook-1102-20131101,0,1649811.story

Nurse Home Visits Lead to Dramatic Drop in Emergency Care

nurse home visit Elizabeth Healthcare trauma nurse Terry Foster will be featured in Untold Stories Of The ER at 10 p.m. today on the Discovery Fit & Health Channel, and 9 p.m. Saturday on TLC. Foster, who has worked for St. Elizabeth since 1998,A plays himself as the cable channel dramatizes how he helped a patient in a small town hospital emergency room, the network says. St. Elizabeth has hospitals in Grant County and Falmouth, in addition to Edgewood, Covington, Florence and Fort Thomas. His story is one of three dramatic re-creations in the one-hour show. Heres the description of Fosters untold story: In a small town ER, Nurse Terry Foster is caring for a patient who recently had carotid artery surgery. When his incision accidentally bursts, blood sprays relentlessly from his neck nearly two feet in the air and all over the room.
Source: http://cincinnati.com/blogs/tv/2013/11/01/st-elizabeth-nurse-on-untold-stories-of-the-er/

EXCHANGE: Nurse navigators help expectant couples

1 in special issue of Pediatrics devoted to home visiting, looks at Durham Connects, a program that provides home visits for newborns and their parents in Durham, N.C. Authors Dodge and Benjamin Goodman, a Duke research scientist, found that participating families visited the emergency room less often than control group families and had fewer overnight hospital stays. The results held true a year after birth, well after the nurse's contact with the family had ended. The findings have significant cost implications because the price of hospital emergency room visits and overnight stays often ranges into the thousands of dollars. By contrast, the Durham Connects program costs an average of $700 per family. The Affordable Care Act includes funding for home visiting programs. In September, the federal Department of Health and Human Services announced $69.7 million in grants to expand home visiting services in 13 states. But home visiting encompasses a wide array of approaches. Many programs are intensive, multiyear efforts targeted to poor families that can cost $4,000 per family or more. By contrast, Durham Connects costs less because it is relatively brief and makes extensive use of referrals. The program was developed by Duke University in partnership with the Durham County Health Department and the Center for Child and Family Health.
Source: http://today.duke.edu/2013/11/nursehome

Palm Beach County school nurse's body found

They are encouraged to fill out the list and take it to their obstetrician-gynecologist. At 36 weeks, couples complete pre-registration at the hospital, tour the hospital birthing center, discuss breast pumps and are shown a video about epidural anesthesia, which provides pain relief during labor. When the woman is in labor, there's no guarantee that her nurse navigator will be there to help because she may not be on duty. But if the navigator is on duty when the patient is laboring, an effort will be made to get them together. Even if the nurse is working with another patient, the nurse stops by if she can, Bivens said. After delivery, the navigator is available to offer assistance regarding breastfeeding, information on infant health and to determine whether the new mother needs help at home. Most obstetrician-gynecologists support the program, Bivens said. "This fills a need," Slotky said. "Whenever we can get patients into the system earlier, it means healthier outcomes." --- Source: The (Bloomington) Pantagraph, http://bit.ly/16BB1Yg --- Information from: The Pantagraph, http://www.pantagraph.com This is an Illinois Exchange story shared by The (Bloomington) Pantagraph. Order Reprint Help us make comments better On October 14, The Sacramento Bee will temporarily remove commenting from sacbee.com. While we design the upgrade, we encourage you to tell us what you like and don't like about commenting on sacbee.com and other websites.
Source: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/10/31/5868148/exchange-nurse-navigators-help.html

St. Elizabeth nurse on Untold Stories Of ER

Baby Feliciano died soon after Jones gave him an injection. Just a few years later, in 1985, Jones was convicted of murdering 15-month-old Chelsea McClellan by intentionally injecting her with a paralytic drug during a routine doctor's visit. Jones was sentenced to 99 years in prison. But due to an old Texas law meant to relieve overcrowding in prisons, Jones - who is suspected of killing as many as 47 other infants in a similar manner - may be released after serving less than one-third of her sentence. The only way to keep Jones behind bars is to find a new victim and get a new conviction. On Tuesday, Rodriguez met with DA Reed and her staff for three hours and then gave a statement to investigators for another ninety minutes detailing how she believes Jones murdered her son. "It was a really good meeting and I have a good feeling that they are going to put something together and keep this woman in jail," Rodriguez told CBS News. Chelsea McClellan's mother, Petti McClellan-Wiese, also attended Tuesday's meeting along with victim advocate Andy Kahan. "It is just a matter of right and wrong. You do not release a serial-killer, you just don't," said McClellan-Wiese. McClellan-Wiese has been working to keep Jones behind bars for 25 years, starting with the former nurse's first parole hearing shortly after she was convicted for Chelsea's murder.
Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57610475-504083/genene-jones-update-texas-da-meets-with-moms-fighting-to-keep-the-killer-nurse-behind-bars/

Nurse: No Billing Records For Four Of Dr. Westbrook's Accusers

Dr. Tory Westbrook Related Arts The Sheriffs Office said there were signs of a violent confrontation in her Palm Beach Gardens home in the 8200 block of 154th Road North. No further information on the case was released Saturday. Authorities say Lindseys body was removed from the home and taken to a remote area near Clewiston, where it was discovered Wednesday in a sugar cane field, investigators said. Following news of the body being found, Lindseys eldest daughter Sarah Lambert, 20, held out hope that it would not be her mothers. She described Lindsey as the best mother and the most loving person out there. Thousands of people lent their support on a Facebook page titled Find Kim Lindsey. Some on the page remembered her as a caring relative, co-worker, friend and their childs school nurse. She worked at Bak Middle School of the Arts in West Palm Beach. Many attempted to comfort Lindseys daughters with words on the Facebook page: Our collective arms are around you and will remain so, one supporter wrote. On Monday, when Lindsey missed work at the West Palm Beach school, colleagues called deputies to do a welfare check at her home. That afternoon, the Sheriff's Office issued a news release saying that Lindsey was missing under suspicious circumstances and was considered endangered. Lindsey was last heard from after visiting her daughter Sofia, 18, at the Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, according to Lambert. She returned home from that trip on Oct.
Source: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sfl-body-identified-as-missing-school-nurse-20131101,0,4336991.story

KimLindseymissing660.jpg It was Governor John Connally, who was seriously injured in the attack. Then they carried in a second stretcher. I could just see a man from his waist down as there was a lady lying across his head and shoulders. A doctor told me 'we need you here. We were whisked into the Trauma One room where it was immediately clear that this was President Kennedy. I started to feel for his vital signs, I couldnt find any, there was no pulse. His eyelids were half closed, his pupils were fixed and dilated and his skin was blueish-grey, indicating that no oxygen was circulating. As the doctors worked frantically to resuscitate their patient, Mrs Kennedy stood next to her husband, her right hand on his left foot. We were desperately searching for any sign of life, but there was nothing, said Hall. The treatment the president received that day was outstanding but futile. I believe he was dead when he arrived at the hospital. At 1pm, Kemp Clark, a senior surgeon, pronounced the president dead. Mrs Kennedy did not flinch.
Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/telegraphtv/10422457/JFK-anniversary-Nurse-recalls-feeling-for-President-Kennedys-vital-signs-in-hospital-after-shooting.html

November 01 2013

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Nj School Nurse Shortage

Nurse Home Visits Lead to Dramatic Drop in Emergency Care

nurse home visit Updated: Thursday, October 31 2013 10:18 AM EDT2013-10-31 14:18:58 GMT Yesterday was the first day that Governor Chris Christie rolled out his campaign bus to hit the streets and meet with voters before the upcoming election on November 5th.The bus tour started in Christies hometown of Livingston, New Jersey where he stopped at a local diner that he used to frequent as a child. Yesterday was the first day that Governor Chris Christie rolled out his campaign bus to hit the streets and meet with voters before the upcoming election on November 5th.The bus tour started in Christies hometown of Livingston, New Jersey where he stopped at a local diner that he used to frequent as a child. Updated: Thursday, October 31 2013 10:09 AM EDT2013-10-31 14:09:28 GMT Friends and family gathered at the Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ridgewood, New Jersey to honor and celebrate the life of Mary Greff. Greff was adopted as a pre-teen and grew up as an only child. She was a former contestant in the Miss New Jersey Teen USA pageant whose life was taken from her way too soon. Friends and family gathered at the Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ridgewood, New Jersey to honor and celebrate the life of Mary Greff. Greff was adopted as a pre-teen and grew up as an only child. She was a former contestant in the Miss New Jersey Teen USA pageant whose life was taken from her way too soon. Updated: Wednesday, October 30 2013 1:36 PM EDT2013-10-30 17:36:25 GMT About a month ago, 20 year-old David Conner Castellani endured a severe beating at the hands of Atlantic City police. During the confrontation David received 200 stitches, permanent nerve damage to his face and was attacked by a police dog. About a month ago, 20 year-old David Conner Castellani endured a severe beating at the hands of Atlantic City police.
Source: http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/23851085/nj-school-nurse-shortage

EXCHANGE: Nurse navigators help expectant couples

Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer Posted: Friday, November 1, 2013, 2:01 AM Linda Bingaman Napieralski, 59, of Voorhees, a nursing instructor at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden since 2005, died Wednesday, Oct. 30, of pancreatic cancer at Samaritan Inpatient Hospice Center in Mount Holly. Born in Reading, she graduated from Muhlenberg High School in Laureldale, Berks County, and earned her registered nurse's diploma at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in 1975. While working as a nurse at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, she earned her master's degree in nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, a daughter, Jennifer, said. Through most of her career, her daughter said, Mrs. Napieralski "worked as a nurse full time and taught part time." After working as a nurse at Jefferson, Hahnemann, and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, she began a 20-year nursing career at what is now Virtua Voorhees medical center in 1985, working in the intensive-care and cardiac units. She taught nursing at Burlington County College, Gloucester County College, and Underwood-Memorial Hospital in Woodbury, her daughter said. In 2009, she earned a post-master's certificate in nursing at Villanova University. Besides her daughter, she is survived by her mother, Dorothy; another daughter, Lisa Corritore; a grandson; and her former husband, Thomas.
Source: http://www.philly.com/philly/obituaries/20131101_Linda_Bingaman_Napieralski__nurse.html

Daughters of Missing School Nurse 'Will Do Anything to Bring Her Home'

Hudson-Jinks has been serving in the Boston hospitals top nursing post on an interim basis for the past six months. She replaces Nancy Shendell-Falik, who was named chief operating officer and senior vice president/chief nursing officer at Baystate Medical Center. Chief nursing officers are growing in significance as key players in improving health care quality and safety. Tufts Medical said in a statement that Hudson-Jinks is known for her ability to bring the voices and ideas of nurses and other caregivers to the forefront. Hudson-Jinks has been at the hospital for 28 years, moving up through the ranks from staff nurse, to nurse manager, to director of patient care services, before reaching the top nurse executive job. Terry has a great passion for working with patient care leaders and staff to propel Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children forward, Dr. Michael Wagner, interim CEO at Tufts Medical Center, said in a statement. She is deeply respected by our staff and physicians for her insight, creativity and deep understanding of this institution, its nurses and other caregivers. Throughout her career, Terry has discovered and implemented new ways to make patient care better, and I could not be more pleased that she has accepted this role. Hudson-Jinks holds a bachelors of science in nursing and biology from Simmons College and a master of science in nursing from Salem State College. She also attended the College of Management Emerging Leaders Program at the University of Massachusetts.
Source: http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/blog/health-care/2013/11/tufts-medical-appoints-loingtime-nurse.html

Daughters of Missing School Nurse Plead for Help

October 30, 2013 | Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. A California nurse has claimed in court that after she was diagnosed with breast cancer and required time off and chemotherapy treatment, her employer, Kaiser Hospital, demoted her, forced her to work through lunch hours to make up for time spent at chemo sessions and assigned her to work in the flu division despite doctors warning her that exposure to flu infection could kill her, Courthouse News reported . Petra Albert from Los Angeles, CA, has filed a disability discrimination lawsuit against Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and affiliates for the merciless abuse and mistreatment she suffered at the hands of her employer whilst working as a nurse. The claim states: "Before her return, Ms. Albert's doctors warned her that chemotherapy could seriously weaken her immune system and exposure to infections such as the flu could be disastrous or even fatal. Kaiser, however, did not attempt to accommodate Ms. Albert but rather put her in charge of the flu program, putting her health at serious risk. Albert, who has 25 years experience working in the nursing field was hired by Kaiser in 2009 as a nurse educator, was promoted within a year for successful performance. However, she was soon diagnosed with breast cancer and required a double mastectomy in 2010. Albert alleges that after she returned to work following her reconstructive surgery she received no accommodation, but instead was met with insults, hostility and callous comments about her cancer and forced to return to working 60 hours a week within the same month as surgery. Moreover, she claims that her supervisor threatened her that if she didnt quit her job and continued to work for Kaiser, Ms. Albert would hate her life. In October 2011 after her white blood cells dropped considerably, the nurse took another leave of absence involving more chemotherapy. This time when she returned to work, she was called to a meeting where she was ridiculed before being forcibly banished to another hospital location. Kaiser subsequently refused any further requests for time-off for chemotherapy and fired her.
Source: http://www.alternet.org/investigations/nurse-diagnosed-breast-cancer-was-harassed-refused-treatment-and-finally-fired-her

Tufts Medical promotes longtime nurse to chief nursing officer

By contrast, Durham Connects costs less because it is relatively brief and makes extensive use of referrals. The program was developed by Duke University in partnership with the Durham County Health Department and the Center for Child and Family Health. A nurse visits new parents soon after their newborn comes home from the hospital, checks the mother's and baby's health, and offers the parents tips on topics such as breastfeeding and child care. Nurses also screen for potential problems such as maternal depression. But the nurses are not primarily caseworkers. Instead, they serve to link families who need help with appropriate community services over a series of one to three home visits. To gauge the program's effects, the Duke research team designed a study that divided into two groups all of the 4,777 babies born in Durham County between July 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2010. Those born on even dates were offered the program, while those born on odd dates were not. The authors then analyzed medical records for a random subsample of those families. In addition to an overall reduction in emergency care episodes, the authors found that all the subgroups studied saw a decrease in use of emergency care. While some groups benefited more than others, the pattern held true for both single- and two-parent families, for families receiving Medicaid and for privately insured families. "High-risk families were not the only ones who benefited," Goodman said.
Source: http://today.duke.edu/2013/11/nursehome

See More Family and friends of missing Florida woman are making a public plea for -- safe return home. Kimberly Lindsay failed to show up on Monday morning for her job as a school nurse in West Palm Beach her last communication was Sunday night when she sent her daughter attacks. Think she'd arrived home safely after a weekend away. Lindsey Stanley fear she may be the victim of foul play. She is the most amazing woman I know. And not just because she's -- all but because -- that's how she is. So please. Please -- it. -- For her.
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/daughters-missing-school-nurse-plead-20752011

It's a better experience for the nurses and patients both." The free program is open to any expectant mother. To register or get more information, go to www.osfstjoseph.org/birth or at 309-665-4704. Women don't have to have their child at St. Joseph, but most do. "The goal is for them to deliver here for continuity of care," Bivens said. "The biggest benefit is to patients who have complications or are ill at ease," Bivens said. The goal is for the first meeting with the nurse navigator to happen about 20 weeks into the pregnancy. Among discussion topics are pregnancy discomforts and how to address them, prenatal tests, fetal growth and development and breastfeeding. Nurse navigators discuss why there's a local initiative for women to wait to deliver their child until 39 weeks of pregnancy unless it's medically necessary; help women register for birth preparation classes; and discuss the importance of selecting a pediatrician if they haven't already done so. Educational materials are provided. The second meeting, at about 28 weeks of pregnancy, generally is over the phone but can be face to face.
Source: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/10/31/4588258/exchange-nurse-navigators-help.html

Nurse Diagnosed with Breast Cancer Was Harassed, Refused Treatment and Finally Fired -- by her Hospital

Enough is enough School officials reported her missing on Monday and deputies conducted a welfare check at her Palm Beach Gardens home. They found her vehicle, and personal items in the home. Lindsey's three daughters Sarah, 20, Sophia, 18, and Savannah 16 -- are holding out hope that she will be found alive. "It's heartbreaking to be away from her. It's harder than anything that we've ever been through and it's really scary not knowing what's happening and we will do anything to bring her home," Sarah Lindsey told ABC News. At the press conference Thursday, Lindsey's voice cracked as she described her mother as a "self-made, independent woman," who was a "nurturing" and a "loving" mother. "Memorize her face. Keep her in your head. Look for her. Do anything you can you never where she might be," she said.
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/US/daughters-missing-school-nurse-bring-home/story?id=20749828

October 30 2013

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Brother Dies In Car Crash Rushing To Hospital After Sister's Suicide

St. Anthony Hospital, Warren Tech teach students about health care

The reasons cited for this choice in hiring filters is that the hospital wants to represent themselves as a place of health and well being, which they believe is not reflected in employees who are obese. The hospital has made official statements supporting the fact that this policy, which has been in effect for several years, is a part of their personal appearance standards. The hospital maintains that patients have certain expectations for the way that persons knowledgeable about health should look and that the hospital seeks to uphold those standards. BMI, or body mass index , is a ratio of height to weight that determines the proportions of a person and categorizes them based on what an ideal weight range should be for health. The method is highly criticized for issues such as failing to account for body composition. By this method for obesity determination, a body builder with an extremely low body fat percentage would appear obese. To many, including the outraged National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, this policy should be illegal because they feel it is outright discrimination. An equal number of readers may be surprised to learn that, at this time, the hiring policy is not illegal in Texas. Actually, the only state where it would be illegal to implement this would be in Michigan. Several individual cities also prohibit hiring discrimination based on BMI including Santa Cruz and San Francisco in California as well as in Washington, D.C.
Source: http://www.examiner.com/article/hospital-will-not-hire-employees-based-on-bmi

Mattingly and others who now operate tours at the site said Waverly Hills has a few popular ghost legends that generate the most inquiries from visitors. They include the stories of a nurse who committed suicide on one of the upper floors; an angry, unwelcoming older male; and the spirit of a small child nicknamed Timmy, who plays with balls that are placed around the hospital. Mike Flickner, a guide and paranormal investigator at Waverly Hills, said he has been convinced for years the place is filled with spirits of the dead. "I've locked doors before and watched them unlock themselves and open up. I've seen a tub of concrete slide by itself," Flickner said. Flickner and Mattingly acknowledge that some of the so-called sightings by visitors could be a case of the imagination playing tricks in a spooky place. During a recent tour of the grounds that included the underground tunnel known as "the body chute," Flickner explained that the infamous passage was used to wheel dead patients away at night so the living residents would not see them. "The doctors felt that, with the amount of death that was happening here at Waverly Hills, more patients were probably dying from a lack of hope rather than TB itself, so they had to come up with a discreet way to dispose of the bodies," he said. The tunnel, pitch dark even on the sunniest day, doesn't require an accompanying ghost story to elicit chills.
Source: http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2013-10-30/former-tb-hospital-now-attracts-ghost-hunters

Next hospital will be in the north

Promotion tile: Weight Loss Guide Holman left the hospital to go to the accident site, and returned to the hospital where her mom was waiting. She just called me and asked me where I was, and I could tell in her voice that Ricky didnt make it, Holman said. This incident now marks the third death in the family in the past six months, Falbo said. The uncle said Ricky Tucker fatally shot his step-father in self-defense. The boy the one who just died killed his step-dad. They were shooting back and forth, and he killed him in self-defense," Falbo said. "The police let him right out of jail, because [his step-father] was shooting at him. Three people in one family killed in six months, Falbo said. These kids mother is going through hell. Need help?
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/28/ricky-tucker-car-crash_n_4169631.html/

Hospital 'cuddlers' add extra level of infant care

ROC 1021 MAIN 1A It will be one of four hospitals that will be built between 2020 and 2030. There will also be more community hospitals and nursing homes, he said. Mr Gan was at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Sengkang General and Community Hospitals, which are expected to open before that, in 2018. The Sengkang complex will comprise an 800-bed general hospital, a 400-bed community hospital, and 200 "swing beds" to be used by either hospital. It will also be possible to increase the capacity of the hospitals temporarily when required, such as during a disease outbreak. "The co-location of a community hospital with an acute hospital will allow patients who require long-term but less intensive care to be transferred seamlessly from the acute hospital to the adjacent community hospital," Mr Gan said. The hospital will also work with community partners, including healthcare organisations and schools, "to create greater awareness of preventive care and thereby cultivate healthier communities" its press release said. It will come up next to Cheng Lim LRT station, about 300m from Sengkang MRT station, with easy access to amenities such as the bus interchange and retail complexes. An open plaza is part of the design, to bring the community together with cafes, retail outlets, seating areas and open spaces for various community engagement activities. Get The New Paper for more stories. Publication:
Source: http://yourhealth.asiaone.com/content/next-hospital-will-be-north

Hospital will not hire employees based on BMI (Video)

Montel and Dr. Oz Rotations include surgery, trauma, acute-care nursing, community health, food and nutrition, case management and clinical engineering, with students able to observe real surgeries, real cases and real situations. "We're giving these students unfiltered access to the health care world," said Vicki Harding, director of volunteer services at St. Anthony. "The goal of the program, right from the start, was not do another everyday program." "We want to help them decide if health care is a career they want to pursue," said Linda Efird, a registered nurse and instructor at Warren Tech. "It's really hard to get hands-on clinical opportunities for students. Medtronic Spine representative Ben Hill, left, and Brian Gibbs, RTR, talk Sam Thornton, 18, through the process of a spinal fusion Oct. 24, 2013, as he uses an instrument to explore a model spinal column at St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood. The hospital and Warren Tech have joined forces to start a program called St. Anthony Ambassadors, which introduces promising high school students to health care professions. (Seth McConnell, YourHub) "This gives them an opportunity to go into a big hospital and be exposed to multiple levels of health care and really decide, yes, I want to work in health care." The idea for Ambassadors came from the top Jeff Brickman, chief executive officer of St.
Source: http://www.denverpost.com/arvada/ci_24411749/st-anthony-hospital-warren-tech-teach-students-about

Bangalore: Hospital not disabled-friendly

Rajanna, commissioner for disabled, inspecting Bowring Hospital on Tuesday. 1 Peoples Hospital hoisting signs that said uphold justice and guarantee medical staffers safety. China: Tiananmen crash was premeditated terror attack William Wan Police say they have arrested five suspects, apparently from the Uighur region, in the crash that killed 5. Trial of Bolotnaya 12 seen as sharp warning from Kremlin Kathy Lally Arrested at a protest on the eve of Vladimir Putins 2012 inauguration, the group could face up to 13 years in prison. William Wan Suspects may be Uighurs, an ethnic group that has clashed with Chinas government in recent years. We are still protesting and demanding that the government and the hospital management ensure the safety of the doctors, said a woman who refused to give her name when reached by phone at the facilitys emergency department. The protest came after a knife-wielding patient, who was being treated in the emergency department, stabbed the three doctors on Friday. Dr. Wang Yunjie died while the other two were wounded, Wenling police said. Attacks on hospital staff by patients have becoming increasingly common in China and some health experts blame it on the commercialization of health services. Once the medical system decides that its aim is to make money, patients will not trust doctors anymore, said Liu Jitong, a public health expert at Peking University.
Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/chinese-hospital-staff-stage-protest-after-patient-stabs-doctors-killing-1-in-eastern-china/2013/10/28/ea7a101c-3fa9-11e3-b028-de922d7a3f47_story.html

Former TB hospital now attracts ghost hunters

"The touch, the communication helps to promote better growth physically, mentally, and socially." 'It's just life' The hospital usually has about 40 volunteer cuddlers on its roster. For a volunteer gig, the position is relatively demanding, as cuddlers must commit for at least a year, and must work regular shifts on a weekly or biweekly basis. Volunteer Wilma Wood holds Erik James Murphy at the NICU of Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., on Thursday, Oct. 10 2013. (Photo: Carlos Ortiz, The (Rochester, N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle) But for many, the position carries tremendous appeal. "When I was still working, I heard a mother talking to a nurse, and she was very upset 'cause she lived out of town and couldn't come in all the time," said Wood. "And the nurse said to her 'We have a lot of wonderful grandmas ... that come and hold your baby.' And I thought that when I retire, that's what I want to do." So despite the scheduling requirements, there's always a waiting list to become a cuddler. Some volunteers have to wait for a year or more before a position opens up. About 10 years ago, when the hospital enlisted its first cuddlers, parents had to sign consent forms to be part of the program.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/29/volunteer-cuddlers-add-extra-level-of-infant-care/3294143/

Chinese hospital staff stage protest after patient stabs doctors, killing 1 in eastern China

BROOKVILLE MD - OCTOBER 28
Angel Rodriguez, 6,  of Sargent Shriver Elementary School, got more weight than he bargained for when he chose this particular pumpkin to take home. He and his classmates visited Sharp I want the police to remove them. These chairs are blocking the space, hindering the movement of physically-challenged people, said Rajanna. Rajanna then decided to inspect the toilets. He first visited the toilet for patients, which was in a deplorable state. He then demanded that the hospital authorities take him to the toilet meant for the staff of the casualty block. The toilet was locked and the hospital staff tried to delay opening it, in a clear sign of trying to conceal something. As Rajanna was relentless, the toilet was opened, and it was spic-and-span. I am not happy with the facilities at the toilet meant for patients. I want the hospital authorities to reserve one of the staff toilets for disabled people, and I want the hospital staff to use the toilets meant for patients, he said. He also visited the lift and found that it had no railings for the benefit of disabled persons.
Source: http://www.dnaindia.com/bangalore/report-bangalore-hospital-not-disabled-friendly-1911205

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Medical Coding And Billing Is A Unique Opportunity For A Career In Health Care

Peirce College Launches Medical Coding Certificate Program

Employment in medical coding and billing is expected to increase by 18 percent in the same time, which is faster than the average for all occupations, the bureau said. Job responsibilities Medical billing and professional coding specialists work hand-in-hand to make sure that all of the medical invoices are coded and paid properly. As institutions shift to electronic medical records, workers who have a strong understanding of technology and computer software will be in high demand. To make sure that all medical services are billed correctly and that bills are paid on time, medical billers need to frequently communicate with patients and insurance companies. In contrast, professional medical coders have less interaction with patients and insurance companies but work closely with physicians. They are responsible for assigning a code to each procedure and diagnosis for insurance purposes. Needed skills and training The medical coding and billing occupations require a strong knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, the laws that apply to health information, medical billing software, coding procedures, and quality improvement measures. Training in these areas can take anywhere from about six to nine months for a certificate. Courses, the majority of which prepare students for a certification exam, can be found at many community colleges and online. Specialists will also need to stay up-to-date on government regulations and pay close attention to details to avoid costly errors with potential legal ramifications. Income According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average hourly wage for medical coding and billing specialists was $15.85 or $32,960 in May of 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $24,290 and $39,490.
Orginal Source: http://www.cleveland.com/employment/plaindealer/index.ssf/2011/11/medical_coding_and_billing_is_a_unique_opportunity_for_a_career_in_health_care.html

Medical Coding Training

Choosing medical coding as profession can be perfect for a lot of people because it is a profitable way to make a living that does not come bundled with the usual stresses of a regular 9-5 job. In fact, choosing a medical coding profession is choosing to make an income with flexible scheduling and work at home benefits. The issue remains though: is continuing education required for a profession in medical coding? The answer to the question most certainly is yes. To improve your employment opportunities, it would be valuable for you to obtain the essential training required to familiarize yourself with the different fine points of medical coding. Demand One must be able to comprehend and become skilled at all there is to discover about medical coding . This is because a medical coder is responsible for assigning exact codes to various medical services and procedures to allow health care providers to be able to invoice for services provided. This is one of the reasons why medical coders are in demand in the business.
Orginal Source: http://suite101.com/a/medical-coding-a85222

11-16-11--SS_48033781_AfrAmerWomanComputer.jpg Students can apply for the Medical Coding Certificate program by completing the online application form. For more information, visit www.peirce.edu/health/mcc; call 888.467.347, ext. 9000; or email info@peirce.edu. About Peirce College Peirce College offers bachelor's and associate degree programs in the areas of Business, Healthcare, Information Technology, and Legal Studies, and in fall 2013, will offer a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership & Management. Located in the heart of Philadelphia, Peirce is a non-profit institution that specializes in serving the unique needs of working adults, many of whom work full time and are raising families. Peirce College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104 (phone:267-284-5000). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs accredits the College's Business Administration and Accounting programs; the Paralegal Studies program is approved by the American Bar Association; and the Health Information Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education. For more information about Peirce College, call 888.467.3472, or visit www.Peirce.edu. Visit Peirce's blog, Peirce Connections, at http://blog.Peirce.edu.
Orginal Source: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/peirce-college-launches-medical-coding-certificate-program-2013-08-07

Medical Coding

And then I got interested into wholistic health counseling which is a matter of you know, teaching people to eat a lot of vegetables and have a good healthy diet and exercise and to do things for their stress. But that, I never made a lot of money with and I decided I would do something different. But I have had a lot of Anatomy and Physiology with that and I decided I'd try medical coding. So that's how I got interested in medical coding. Boyd: That was... how long ago was that? Ruth: Not that long ago, just August 2011. I started with a course. It wasn't a very good course. It was an online course and it just had some problems in that.
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October 28 2013

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Hospital Employee Stepped Over Body Of Missing Patient, Reports Say

Lack of quality ratings on Covered California site is criticized (AP / Courtesy of David Perry & Associates) Also By Maura Dolan October 23, 2013, 7:16 p.m. SAN FRANCISCO The family of a woman who vanished from her San Francisco hospital room and was found dead 17 days later in an emergency stairwell is angered by reports that a hospital employee stepped over her several days before the body attracted the attention of investigators, family representatives said. Haig Harris, a lawyer representing the children of Lynne Spalding, 57, said he was told that the hospital employee saw a woman lying in the exterior stairwell and reported it to a nurse. The nurse notified the San Francisco Sheriff's Department, which handles security for the city-owned hospital and previously had searched the grounds for Spalding. But days passed before another hospital employee noticed the woman and got the attention of authorities, Harris said. Even if the hospital employee who stepped over Spalding mistook her for a sleeping homeless person, someone should have checked to make sure she was OK, Harris said. He questioned why hospital employees didn't suspect a woman on a fifth floor stairwell might be a patient and whether the Sheriff's Department even investigated the nurse's report. A sheriff's spokeswoman said she could not comment until a probe is completed, and that she did not know when that would be. "This is a hospital," Harris said. "Why didn't somebody put their hand on the body to see if there was a pulse?" The San Francisco Chronicle, citing unidentified sources, first disclosed the incident. The newspaper's account said an "orderly" had twice stepped over a woman lying in the spot where Spalding was later discovered.
Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-patient-20131024,0,2634955.story

Utah Hospital Saves Money and the Environment by Treating Its Own Medical Waste on Site

He is most known for his landscapes of the area. The Indiana State Museum has a large collection of his paintings, most of which are much smaller than the season scenes he did for the hospital, museum fine arts curator Mark Ruschman said. The Indiana State Museum agreed to lend its "Winter" scene, which is in storage, to the hospital because of the value of having all four paintings together, Ruschman said. "It's for the community good," he said. "The murals were painted specifically for the hospital, and we find value in reuniting them." The paintings are planned to hang as they did when they were first installed in 1914. The winter and autumn scenes will be hung on one side of the hallway, and the summer and spring paintings on the other, McGovern said. Natural light and high traffic are dangerous for older paintings, so the Steele works will hang in a hallway that leads to a conference room. There, they won't be exposed to too much sunlight, and they'll be in a quiet area that's still free for the public to view, Kaufman said. The hospital is designed so patients will feel as comfortable as possible, and art is an important part of that, Kaufmann said.
Source: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Steele-paintings-to-be-reunited-at-new-hospital-4925923.php

Hospital staff advised on resuscitation plan

Medical staff sometimes decide not to attempt to resuscitate someone if their heart stops beating or they are no longer breathing. Picture: Contributed Located in Blanding, Utah, the hospital opened in 2009 and achieved accreditation from The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) in 2013. The hospital provides emergency services, radiology, laboratory, general surgery, labor & delivery, and general hospital services. It also operates an eight-chair dialysis center , which is fairly unique for an independent rural hospital, and an in-house pharmacy that features the latest technology in medication dispensing. The hospital works closely with Utah Navajo Health System (UNHS), and its network of four clinics in San Juan County. The clinics refer patients to Blue Mountain Hospital for hospital and surgical services. For more information visit www.bmhutah.org . About SteriMed Systems SteriMed Medical Waste Solutions was founded in 2002 in response to EPA and WHO reports which concluded that burning medical waste in incinerators generates the largest amount of the super toxins, dioxins, and is the third largest source of mercury in the environment. SteriMed developed its line of innovative medical waste processors along with its unique biodegradable disinfectant. Based in Farmington Hills, MI, SteriMed manufacturers two units, the smaller System 15 and the larger System 70. In addition the company developed its proprietary EPA-registered SteriCid disinfectant. SteriMed machines and SteriCid are approved for use in all 50 states.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/utah-hospital-saves-money-environment-181500151.html

Chinese hospital staff protest after doctor slain

We offer our congratulations and hope the hospital will continue to strive for an ever-increasing level of excellence in patient safety. The Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D, or F score representing a hospitals overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 general U.S. hospitals were assigned scores this fall. Tobey Hospital in Wareham, Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis and South Shore Hospital in Weymouth also received A grades in the survey. To see Jordan Hospitals scores as they compare nationally and locally, and to find safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org . Jordan Hospital is among several area hospital honored with an A grade in the fall 2013 update to the Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nations leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be analyzed in the peer-reviewed Journal of Patient Safety, the score is designed to give people information they can use to protect themselves and their families. We are pleased to be recognized for our efforts to reduce preventable harm and medical errors, Judy Van Tilburg, senior director of quality and safety at the hospital, said. At Jordan Hospital, we are always seeking how to best improve and deliver patient care. This score reflects the extraordinary efforts underway at Jordan Hospital and provides patients an opportunity to feel confident in choosing Jordan Hospital for their care. As patients begin to take a more active role in selecting where to receive health care, it has never been more important to focus on hospital safety and transparency.
Source: http://www.wickedlocal.com/plymouth/news/x1745249976/HOSPITAL-SAFETY-SCORE-Jordan-Hospital-gets-A-for-safety

HOSPITAL SAFETY SCORE: Jordan Hospital gets A for safety

EDT October 24, 2013 Teammates tend to Packers TE Jermichael Finley (88) after he was injured Sunday. (Photo: Dan Powers, Post-Crescent Media) SHARE 12 CONNECT 9 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE Four days after suffering a scary neck injury, Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley is out of the hospital, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports on Thursday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. The injury occurred in Sunday's win over the Cleveland Browns when Finley, 26, ducked his head to absorb a hit from safety Tashaun Gipson after catching a pass over the middle. MORE: Packers not buying Jennings' backtracking Finley was taken off the field on a backboard but had movement and feeling in all his extremities, the Packers said. He spent time the next two days in the intensive care unit of the hospital undergoing tests, which indicated he wasn't expected to need surgery. The Packers have ruled out for Finley for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings. There is no timetable yet for his potential return to the field this season. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers visited Finley in the hospital earlier this week.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/2013/10/24/jermichael-finley-neck-injury-out-of-hospital/3180287/

Stoning of Chandy: LDF workers held, CM in hospital

The doctors have recommended complete rest for two days at the hospital, due to which his mass contact programme scheduled in Kollam on Tuesday will be postponed. Chandy was attacked by a group of LDF workers in Kannur on Sunday evening and he suffered minor injuries in the stone pelting. Though he had undergone preliminary treatment at Kannur, he was rushed to the state capital for more treatment late night. He was subjected to CT scanning of the chest. Doctors said his condition is stable. Governor Nikhil Kumar and opposition leader V S Achuthanandan visited the chief minister at the hospital. Chandy was rushed to the hospital soon after he arrived from Kannur in the early hours on Monday. Health minister V S Sivakumar, home minister Thiruvanchur Radhakrishnan and rural development minister K C Joseph accompanied him from the airport to the hospital. Meanwhile, the police arrested 22 workers in Kannur for attacking the chief minister and his convoy.
Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Stoning-of-Chandy-LDF-workers-held-CM-in-hospital/articleshow/24801615.cms

Steele paintings to be reunited at new hospital

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Source: http://www.scotsman.com/news/health/hospital-staff-advised-on-resuscitation-plan-1-3161564

Packers TE Jermichael Finley released from hospital

The Falcons look to make it two wins in a row against the struggling Cardinals. Markets close in 12 mins. Chinese hospital staff protest after doctor slain Chinese hospital staff stage protest after patient stabs doctors, killing 1 in eastern China By Gillian Wong, Associated Press | Associated Press 5 hours ago View Photo Hospital staff members hold a protest outside the Wenling City No. 1 Peoples Hospital with signs that read: "Return my dignity" and "Maintain normal medical order in Wenling in eastern China's Zhejiang province on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. The demonstration came after a patient stabbed three of their doctors, killing one on Friday, Oct. 25. Attacks on hospital staff by patients have becoming increasingly common in China, where overcrowded facilities and medical corruption fuel frustration that sometimes boils over into violence. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT BEIJING (AP) -- Several hundred hospital workers in white coats and surgical masks staged a rare protest in eastern China against attacks on medical workers after a patient stabbed three of their doctors, killing one. The staffers assembled Monday outside the Wenling City No.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/chinese-hospital-staff-protest-doctor-140301296.html

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