Evacusled for Efficient Hospital Evacuations

From Medgadget:

Thanks to The Des Moines Register, we learned of how some hospitals are preparing for emergencies that would require the evacuation of bed ridden patients.

Hurricane Katrina and 9/11 brought the issue of hospital emergency preparedness to the forefront, with one key piece being patient evacuation, from natural disasters to terrorism attacks, say health officials in Iowa and companies who sell patient evacuation devices. According to the makers of Evacusled, the device was actually used to evacuate patients during Hurricane Katrina.It has prompted Mercy, Iowa Health-Des Moines and Broadlawns Medical Center in the last several years to build their arsenals of emergency evacuation equipment that help safely move patients quicker and more comfortably, particularly down stairways. Federal funds have helped defray the cost for the expensive gear.

Dead Man’s Parents Were Not Called in EMS Delay Case

From the Washington Post:

For two days, while Jeremy Miller’s body lay unclaimed in a morgue at the D.C. medical examiner’s office, his parents in Fredericksburg had no idea he was dead.

No D.C. officials called his parents, even as authorities investigated why fire and emergency department workers drove to the wrong site looking for him after a passerby called 911 to report that Miller was having a seizure on a street in Northeast. Rescue workers had initially given up looking for Miller but were sent back to the scene.

No one called his parents from Howard University hospital, where emergency workers brought his body April 2. Although Jay Miller says his son had a cellphone on him with entries for “Mom” and “Dad,” the hospital and medical examiner’s office left messages on Jeremy Miller’s home phone in Spotsylvania, where the 35-year-old computer technician lived alone. The hospital and medical examiner’s office left word that they were looking for the dead man’s family. But Jay Miller discovered the messages only when he went to his son’s house after learning from a newspaper reporter that his son had died

How to find the best ER for your child

From the CNN.com “Empowered Patient” series:

When your child has an emergency, you want a hospital with child-sized medical equipment, pediatricians who are right there (or at least minutes away), and little things like cartoons in the examining room (A kid will sit through a procedure a lot more easily if she’s watching cartoons; the news won’t quite cut it). But how do you find a child-friendly ER — and what are other ways to prepare for a trip to the ER with your child? Read on.