ER Use by Children Often Varies by Insurance Coverage

From Medscape:

Children covered by Medicaid were more likely in 2012 to visit an emergency room (ER) for care at least once in the preceding 12 months than children covered by private insurance or not insured at all, according to a new data brief issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Regardless of insurance coverage, 75% of all children who visited an ER for care in the previous 12 months did so at night or on a weekend, the CDC reports.

Many Kids With Medicaid Use ER as Doctor’s Office

From US News:

Children covered by Medicaid, the publicly funded insurance program for the poor, visit the emergency room for medical care far more often than uninsured or privately insured youngsters, a U.S. survey finds.

And kids with Medicaid were more likely than those with private insurance to visit for a reason other than a serious medical problem, according to the 2012 survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More inpatient beds are needed to decrease ER wait times

From the Washington Post:

To dramatically reduce wait times, hospitals must reduce the gridlock that occurs when emergency patients have been admitted to the hospital but wait hours, even days, in the ER for inpatient beds. The patients who wait the longest are often those with psychiatric emergencies; increasing the number of mental-health beds would go a long way toward easing their waits and their suffering.

Video: Man Brandishes Guns In Hospital Emergency Room and Is Shot By Officer

From YouTube:

The North Park Police Department has released video footage of the Cache Valley Hospital shooting.

It all started around 8 a.m. on May 16, 2014. Surveillance video shows Jason Burr walking into the Cache Valley Hospital ER waiting room.

Moments later, the receptionist bolts from her desk, getting away from the glass window separating her from Burr. Shortly after that, the hospital security guard runs for better cover as well. You can hear the security guard, who had his gun drawn, yelling ?What do you want??

New American Heart Association Course: BLS for Prehospital Providers

From the AHA

Basic Life Support for Prehospital Providers (BLS PHP) is the first of its kind in the AHA’s lifesaving training portfolio, designed specifically to meet the needs of the EMS market.

BLS PHP consists of both online and classroom components, leveraging the “flipping the classroom” trend. A combination of online and in-classroom training improves the learning experience and provides greater flexibility for students and Instructors, while still delivering hands-on instruction that enhances performance and improves outcomes in the field.

While tailored for prehospital providers, this course covers the same objectives as BLS for Healthcare Providers, and successful completion results in a BLS for Healthcare Providers course completion card.

Course Content

  • The most current science from the 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC
  • Critical concepts of high-quality CPR
  • The American Heart Association Chain of Survival
  • 1-Rescuer CPR and AED for adult, child and infant
  • 2-Rescuer CPR and AED for adult, child and infant
  • Differences between adult, child and infant rescue techniques
  • Bag-mask techniques for adult, child and infant
  • Rescue breathing for adult, child and infant
  • Relief of choking for adult, child and infant
  • CPR with an advanced airway

Arrest Warrant Issued for a Man with Tuberculosis

From ABC30:

Prosecutors in Northern California said Thursday that they have obtained an arrest warrant for a tuberculosis patient who has refused treatment and may be contagious, putting those around him at risk.

Eduardo Rosas Cruz, a 25-year-old transient, went to the San Joaquin General Hospital’s emergency room in March, complaining of a severe cough. Diagnosed with tuberculosis, medical staff told him to stay in a Stockton motel room, where a health worker would deliver his medication and watch him take it. But officials say he took off.

Door to doc; getting care when you need it

From the Reformer:

Anybody, anything, anytime.

Emergency departments have a tall order: To provide excellent care to anybody, all age groups, regardless of ability to pay. An ED (Emergency Department) must be able to handle any type of medical illness or trauma, no matter how severe. And this must be done anytime — days, nights and holidays. We are very good at this, as you would expect. Now, we are trying very hard to deliver that care more efficiently with some innovative and effective improvements.

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