Loaded Gun Gets Emergency Room Patient Arrested

From NBC Bay Area:

Ronald Damian Lacroix, 66, was seeking treatment for hypothermia on Monday when he entered Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Terra Linda while carrying a loaded handgun,according to the Marin Indepedent Journal.

Apparently Lacroix has no fixed address — meaning he is homeless — and carried the weapon for protection, he told police. He also told police he was with both the FBI and the San Jose police, Marin cops said.

Therapeutic hypothermia contributes to intact survival after over an hour of CPR

From CantonRep:

Evans’ treatment included medications, a ventilator, an aortic balloon pump to support his heart, tandem heart machines to oxygenate his blood, then hypothermia treatment.

“The hypothermia helps preserve the brain and heart. It drops your body temperature to 93 degrees for 24 hours. It preserves the energy in your heart and your brain,” Liz Evans said.

“He was in a medically induced coma for five days. When they took out the balloon pump to let his heart beat on its own, it was beating. On the sixth day, they took him off the ventilation. Then he just woke up.”

Tattoos, Piercings Can Present Problems for ED Physicians

From ACEP News:

Body modifications are all the rage, so emergency physicians need to know that troublesome tattoos can interfere with MRIs, and should keep a pair of pliers handy to deal with problematic piercings.

Approximately 36% of Americans aged 25-29 years have one or more tattoos. Piercings are most common, for now, among 16- to 20-year-olds, 47% of whom have rings, anchors, studs, or other metallic objects poking through various body parts. Some 10% of Americans aged 12-15 years and 27% of people aged 21-25 years have body piercings, Dr. Rachel L. Chin said at the Scientific Assembly of the American College of Emergency Physicians.