Patient sets fire to a cot in the ED

From KnoxNews:

A patient experiencing a medical emergency used a lighter to set fire to a mobile foam rubber bed in the emergency room of Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge this morning, officials said.

Kerley said no one was evacuated, and estimated damages were less than $1,000.

“It was just a mess in that one room from the fire extinguisher,” he said.

Advanced Practice Paramedic (APP): Community Para Medicine and Mobile Health Care

A webinar from Urgent Matters.

You can download the (free) slides and the audio here, or view and listen to the program via the WebEx streaming player here

India’s emergency medical care system in tatters

From the Huffington Post:

Trauma care barely exists across much of India, where 160,000 people die in road accidents every year. Some of those people would surely survive if the system were better.

Ambulances have no medical equipment, and very few doctors are trained in emergency care, said Piyush Tewari, whose nonprofit helps trauma victims get medical attention within the first 60 minutes after an emergency, when medical intervention has the best chance of saving a victim’s life. A 2006 report in the Indian Journal of Surgery found that more than 80 percent of Indians don’t get care within that “golden hour.”

This delay hasn’t really improved in the last six years, said Dr. Mahesh Joshi, head of emergency medicine at Apollo, India’s largest network of private hospitals. “Even in big cities like Mumbai, it is virtually impossible for a heart or trauma patient to reach any doctor within the first hour,” he said.