Breast Implant Stopped a Bullet?

From the LA Times:

When a gunman stormed a Simi Valley dental office last summer and shot Lydia Carranza in the chest, salvation may have come in the shape of her size-D breast implant.

That’s the theory at least of a Beverly Hills cosmetic surgeon who hopes to drum up support to defray the costs of Carranza’s reconstructive surgery.

Volunteer ED Physicians Staff Central Park Ambulance

From the NY Post:

Central Park might be the safest place in the world to have a heart attack on a Saturday night.

That’s because some of the city’s top emergency doctors can be found cruising the park on weekends in a volunteer ambulance.

The real life “Doctor McDreamys” — mostly experienced emergency-room physicians from local hospitals — double as unpaid EMTs during their time off for the Central Park Medical Unit, patrolling the leafy byways and treating citizens for free as a way to give back to the city they love.

Small hospital rises to a big challenge

From the News-Sun:

The call came in Monday at 2:20 p.m.

A tour bus had overturned on U.S. 27, just north of Lake Placid.

The word went out — despite being the smallest hospital in Highlands County, the bulk of the injured passengers were going to be sent to Florida Hospital’s Lake Placid campus because it was so close to the site of the accident.

Over the scanner that sits in the emergency room, the staff listened with horror as one paramedic, just arrived at the scene and not yet out of his ambulance, described seeing 10 to 15 bodies laying on the highway and the roadside.

The 50-bed hospital faced a harrowing test.

Airway Scope in Trauma Patients with Suspected C-Spine Derangement

From the Journal of Trauma, Injury, Infection and Critical Care:

Tracheal intubation in patients with suspected neck injuries should achieve two contradicting goals-sufficient laryngeal exposure and the least cervical spine movement. Because the former involves displacements of the cervical vertebrae, intubation under immobilization is widely performed today to prevent exacerbation of spinal code injuries. The unique curving blade of the Airway Scope (AWS) is designed to fit the oropharyngeal anatomy. A camera at the tip of the blade displays the view of the larynx, but unlike the direct laryngoscope, it needs no line-of-sight of the oral, pharyngeal, and tracheal axis. Our purpose is to determine whether AWS could be a suitable airway device for the intubation of patients with potential neck injury.

Conclusions: In neck-immobilized patients using semi-rigid cervical collars, AWS improves laryngeal exposure and facilitates tracheal intubation. AWS may be a suitable intubation device for trauma patients

The Blade That Would Make Helicopters Almost Silent

From Gizmodo:

Helicopters make a lot of noise because of a physical phenomenon called blade-vortex interaction. Eurocopter engineers have developed a new kind of rotor blade that attenuates this problem. It’s called Blue Edge.

The new blade shape is combined with another technology called Blue Pulse, which adds three flaps to the edge of the rotor blades. These flaps move up and down at 15 to 40 times per second, using piezoelectric motors that also help to reduce the blade-vortex interaction.

CHI agrees to turn hospital over to community group

From Modern Healthcare:

After months of wrangling, Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives said it has agreed to turn over a Kansas critical-access hospital to a community group instead of closing the hospital. As part of the agreement, the Kansas attorney general would dismiss a lawsuit filed against CHI.

CHI has agreed in principal to transfer St. Joseph Memorial Hospital, Larned, Kan., to the Pawnee County Community Health Organization by March 1, said Sharon Lind, president and CEO of CHI’s Central Kansas Medical Center, Great Bend, Kan. Kansas Attorney General Steve Six will drop the lawsuit in Pawnee County District Court once the transfer is made, Lind said. Lawyers are drafting the final agreement and should finish in time for transferring the hospital by March 1, she said.

Ala. man attacked with Worcestershire sauce bottle

From the Washington Post:

Police said a 38-year-old man was charged with beating another man at a motel with a sauce bottle and a fire extinguisher. Police said the suspect was being held at the Lauderdale County Jail on $6,000 bond on charges he attacked a 43-year-old man who was returning to his motel room.

Officers said that as the man opened the door to his room Wednesday night, the suspect hit him on the head with a bottle of Worcestershire sauce, then grabbed a fire extinguisher and hit him on the head and face.