Dog Shocked after Hampering Montana Paramedics

From JEMS:

A Livingston police officer had to use a stun gun on a German shepherd that was preventing paramedics from entering the home of an unresponsive man.

The Livingston Enterprise reports the man was successfully treated, but one of the stun gun probes hit the dog’s eye, requiring its removal.

Lean management boosts patient satisfaction to 95%

From Fierce Healthcare:

Wisconsin’s ThedaCare embraced Toyota’s lean manufacturing techniques back in 2007 and has since seen impressive results in better quality and patient satisfaction and lower costs and length of stay, according to a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Using the auto manufacturer’s approach to improve quality and efficiency, the four-hospital system added new roles, responsibilities and care processes, which involved a clinician team visiting a patient within 90 minutes of admission.

Bike Helmets Cut Risk of Fatalities

From MedPage Today:

Bicycle riders who don’t wear a helmet have triple the risk of dying from a head injury, Canadian researchers found.

In a review of cycling fatalities in Ontario between 2006 and 2010, the adjusted odds ratio for death from an injury to the head and other parts of the body was 3.1 (95% CI 1.3 to 7.3) compared with wearing a helmet, according to Navindra Persaud, MD, of the University of Toronto, and colleagues.

“Quirky campaign to woo US emergency doctors”

From Voxy:

Snorkels, skis and stethoscopes don’t usually belong together, but for a recruitment campaign in Colorado next week, Emergency Department doctors have been strutting their recreational gear in front of Waikato DHB’s photographers.

More than 6,000 emergency physicians will be in Denver, Colorado for the 2012 American College of Emergency Physicians Scientific Assembly from 8 to 11 October – and it’s a great opportunity to persuade some of them to come and work in the Waikato.

The annual ACEP conference is a huge event and involves two concentrated days of conference sessions plus a parallel ‘trade fair’ with many hundreds of stands trying to catch the eyes of conference attendees.

Clinical director John Bonning and clinical nurse manager Jenni Yeates and duty nurse manager Jenny Wolfe will be at the Waikato Hospital Emergency Department stand as well as attending some conference sessions.

John and Jenni worked with the DHB’s web, photography, design and communications team to come up with a quirky visual theme featuring ED doctors in half-work, half-play gear. The resulting banners and website images feature John Bonning (mountain bike and skiing “scrubs”), and senior registrars Mary Reed (snorkel and fins) and Gaynor Prince (waterskis), and an invitation to work and play in a beautiful corner of the world.