Hyperbaric Chamber Explosion In Florida Kills Woman, Injures Boy

From All Headline News:

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL (AHN) – A hyperbaric oxygen chamber at a private medical clinic in South Florida exploded Friday killing a woman and critically injuring a young boy.

The woman, who was the boy’s grandmother, died from her injuries early Saturday morning, the sheriff’s office said in a press release.

The blast happened Friday afternoon at the Ocean Hyperbaric Oxygen Neurologic Center in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. The center has several hyperbaric chambers.

The victims were identified as Franchesco Martinizi, 4, and Vincenza Pesce, 61.

According to police, a Broward Sheriff’s deputy arrived on the scene within two minutes of the call and rescued the boy. The Center had been filled with smoke from the burning chamber. The grandmother was pulled out by other responders, and both victims airlifted to nearby Jackson Memorial Hospital’s burn unit.

YouTube helps man deliver baby

From BBC News:

Marc Stephens watched the videos as a precaution when his wife Jo started to feel some discomfort.

Four hours later, his wife went into labour and started giving birth before an ambulance could arrive at their home in Redruth.

“I Googled how to deliver a baby, watched a few videos and basically swotted up,” Mr Stephens told the BBC.

Jo Stephens said they had planned a home birth, but not quite in this manner.

“I woke up and realised I was having contractions every five minutes,” Mrs Stephens said.

“I woke Marc up and we phoned the midwife, but they were all so busy they couldn’t come round to our house and told us to call an ambulance. But before it arrived, it all started.”

A few hours earlier, Mr Stephens has been reading up on home births and how to cope with anything unexpected.

“The videos gave me peace of mind. I think I would have coped, but watching videos made things much easier.”

“Flying Doctor” Needs Bigger Planes for Obese Aussies

From Medscape:

Increasing obesity has prompted an Australian state to seek larger planes for the country’s famous “Flying Doctor” service, ambulance and government officials said on Saturday.

New South Wales state has just put out a tender to assess the cost of obtaining two larger new planes for its air ambulance fleet, which is flown under contract by the Royal Flying Doctor Service to service remote and rural areas.

Recent global surveys have repeatedly highlighted Australians as among the most obese people in the world, despite the country’s association with an active, healthy lifestyle and love of sport.

The two new planes would be able to carry patients up to 260 kg (573 lb), nearly twice the current limit of 140 kg (308 lb), a spokeswoman for the state’s health ministry told Reuters.

“The ambulance service has obviously seen a need,” the spokeswoman said.

A New South Wales ambulance service spokeswoman said it followed similar moves by other parts of the service, including ground ambulances and helicopters, to accommodate larger patients.

Asked if the move was prompted by increasing levels of obesity, she told Reuters: “Essentially, yes.”

Children Taken to Emergency Department for Nonurgent Conditions

From Medscape:

Link to an abstract of the article.

Viewpoint: The authors are correct that the wide-ranging reasons given by parents make addressing inappropriate ED use difficult. There are 2 “cultural” issues that may be difficult to address. First, many parents appeared to believe that “more is better,” at least in terms of diagnostic tests, when it came to preferring ED care. Many parents don’t seem to understand the difference between a test that one CAN do and a test that one SHOULD do given any diagnosis. Second, as North American children’s hospitals have increased their marketing efforts, many parents may come to believe that EDs of children’s hospitals are “the place to be” compared to PCP offices. Those 2 issues, among other societal issues, may be more difficult to address. However, the authors suggest 2 other practices that offices can adopt (and, no, I don’t believe that these are necessarily easily carried out!): see the patient the day they call, and do it with a smile. Giving patients a better experience than they get in the ED will go a long way to changing their attitudes for preferred care locale.