EMTs Disarm Psychiatric Patient Going For Cop Gun

From CBS New York:

Two emergency medical technicians have disarmed a psychiatric patient who tried to grab a police officer’s gun in a Bronx hospital emergency room.

The New York Post reports that authorities say the man was stopped as he struggled with the officer and two emergency medical technicians who jumped to the rescue.

“Skin Printer” Generates Skin to Cover Injuries

From Neatorama:

The system, which lays down cells with the same fluid-based inkjet technology used in many printers, could print large swathes of living tissue directly onto the injuries of soldiers wounded on the battlefield. Covering burns and related wounds is of critical importance because, the scientists note, “any loss of full-thickness skin of more than 4 cm in diameter will not heal by itself.”

Tests on mice revealed advanced healing by both the second and third week of recovery, with complete closure and formation of scar tissue by week three in treated (but not untreated) subjects. The printer has two heads, one of which ejects skin cells mixed with fibrinogen (a blood coagulant) and type I collagen (the main component of the connective tissue in scars). The other head ejects thrombin (another coagulant).

Illinois Hospital Report Card

From the Illinois Department of Public Health:

The Illinois Department of Public Health has released its newest information for the Hospital Report Card and added new information, including emergency room visits and pediatric information.

“To help Illinoisians make better decisions about their choice of hospital or health care provider, they need information about the quality of care offered by these facilities,” IDPH Director Dr. Damon T. Arnold stated. “The Hospital Report Card and Consumer Guide to Health Care Web site allows consumers to find average costs for specific medical procedures, nurse staffing levels at hospitals and general quality of care information.”

ABC 4 questions strategy to stop Utah’s exploding addiction to RX drugs

From ABC4:

An ABC 4 taking action investigation is exposing the strategy lawmakers are using to fight Utah’s growing addiction to prescription medications.

This week ABC 4’s Noah Bond uncovered how easy it is for an addict to feed a habit. All he or she has to do is walk into an emergency room and lie about a symptom.

Braid: Too bad ER wait victims are not ducks

From the Calgary Herald:

Beyond saying “nobody wants to wait in an emergency room” — Stelmach’s trite observation — the Tories express no empathy, voice no anger, call nobody to account.

When the victims are ducks, though, the premier doesn’t tell anybody to cool down. He’s pretty hot himself.

The duck deaths are “sad and disappointing,” he said, especially when Syncrude was fined for earlier deaths only a few days before. “And now we have this other incident, which is not only frustrating, you know; it makes one angry.”

Iowa hospital sees drop in alcohol emergencies

From the Chicago Tribune:

An emergency room doctor says he believes Iowa City’s 21-and-older bar age is behind a drop in alcohol-related ER visits by young people to University Hospitals.

The Gazette says Dr. Michael Takacs found ER visits by young adults age 18 to 22 decreased 25 percent when comparing a four-month period in 2009 to the same period this year.

Cops: Flemington woman stole iPad in Hunterdon Hospital’s ER

From NJ:

A Flemington woman has been charged with theft for allegedly taking an unattended iPad from the waiting room at Hunterdon Medical Center’s emergency room Monday, police said today.

Jessica L. Andrews, 23, told police she was planning to turn the device over to authorities.