Stroke Patients Don’t Call 911

From MedPage Today:

Patients may not be getting the message to call 911 at the first signs of stroke, researchers said.

Nationwide, only about half of stroke patients arrived at the emergency department via ambulance and that figure hasn’t changed over a 10-year period, Hooman Kamel, MD, of Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, and colleagues found.

Interactive Technology Soothes Kids in Emergency Rooms

From CNBC:

The hospital’s pediatric emergency unit was the first in the U.S. to feature private rooms equipped with interactive, customizable ambient lighting design by Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV.

Using a touch screen controller, a kid or a parent can change the color of the lighting in the room and choose a cartoon or nature scene to project on the wall.

Practical Strategies Can Ease Death Notification in the ER

From Doctors Lounge:

By using practical strategies based on available literature, notifying survivors of a death in the emergency department can be less traumatic for both the survivor and the physician, nurse, or other health care provider tasked with delivering the news, according to an article published in the March issue of the Journal of Emergency Nursing.