Seniors at risk of catching infections in ER

From the CBC:

Hospital emergency rooms can cure what ails an elderly person, but they can also send them home with an unwanted souvenir of their visit: an infection.

A new study suggests emergency departments may be a source of infections for seniors who turn to them for care, and a potential starting point for some of the infectious outbreaks that make their way through long-term care facilities.

Meth Burn Patients Give Hospitals New Difficulties

From JEMS:

A crude new method of making methamphetamine poses a risk even to Americans who never get anywhere near the drug: It is filling hospitals with thousands of uninsured burn patients requiring millions of dollars in advanced treatment — a burden so costly that it’s contributing to the closure of some burn units.

So-called shake-and-bake meth is produced by combining raw, unstable ingredients in a 2-liter soda bottle. But if the person mixing the noxious brew makes the slightest error, such as removing the cap too soon or accidentally perforating the plastic, the concoction can explode, searing flesh and causing permanent disfigurement, blindness or even death.

“a minor cardiac arrest”

From Buzzfeed:

While filming “Excess Baggage,” Australia’s weight loss show not unlike our “Biggest Loser,” K-Fed (otherwise known as Britney Spears’ ex) reportedly experienced a minor cardiac arrest earlier today on location. At the time, he was participating in a “cardio challenge” for the show and was engaged in warm-up drills with the AFL players.