New Laryngoscope

From Medgadget:

The Airway Scope AWS-S100 newly released by PENTAX makes possible to perform an tracheal intubation easily.The AWS-S100 has an imaging CCD and LED light attached to its tip. AWS-S100 is paired with an Intlock blade with curved shape. These features allow the operator to verify conditions in the oral cavity and the intubation status during tracheal intubation on a 2.4-inch color LCD monitor. With this device, there is no need to extend the patient’s neck or apply excessive force. By placing the airway scope under the epiglottis and raising it lightly, it is possible to insert an endotracheal tube into the trachea. The Airway Scope AWS-S100 supports even less experienced operators can perform fast and accurate tracheal intubation, thus greatly reducing the burden on the operator and the patient alike…

The angle of the built-in monitor screen can be adjusted for easier viewing. This makes it possible to perform tracheal intubation while comfortably viewing inside the patient’s mouth cavity from various position, regardless of whether the patient is in a cranial position, on his side, or facing upright..

"E Really is for Emergency"

From the Florida Times-Union:

Its waiting rooms and stretchers increasingly filled with complaints that run more toward “I don’t feel well” than “I can’t breathe,” another hospital is cracking down on people who use its ER as a walk-in clinic.

In mid-November, Orange Park Medical Center became the second Northeast Florida emergency room in recent months to ask the least sick of its patients to turn elsewhere for care or face a $100 fee.

Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville started the policy in August. Both facilities are operated by Hospital Corporation of America.

Tom Rounds, Memorial Hospital’s director of emergency service, said the policy began in Houston emergency rooms years ago. It started at Memorial Hospital in a pilot program and expanded to Orange Park Medical Center this month to ease overcrowding and make room for seriously ill patients, he said.

“There really is a national push to get ERs back to their original intent,” he said.
Of the 5,500 patients who went to Memorial Hospital’s ER in October, about 500 were told they would be better off being treated at an urgent care center, a clinic or a doctor’s office, according to the hospital. Since mid-November, 236 people at Orange Park Medical Center have fallen into the non-emergency category, hospital statistics show.