Hundreds of Vials of Fentanyl Stolen from Australian Ambulance Service, Replaced with Tap Water

From JEMS:

Victorian police are investigating the disappearance of large amounts of a powerful, highly addictive painkiller from the state’s ambulance service.

An internal investigation found that hundreds of vials of the drug Fentanyl, which is up to 100 times more powerful than morphine, had been stolen and replaced with tap water.

A paramedic has been stood down.

“Mother’s Kiss”: Blow it out your (child’s) nose

From Philly:

According to a press release from the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), which published the study the Canadian Medical Journal, “The technique, known since the 1960s but not widely used, can help prevent the need for more invasive measures such as hook or forceps, and suction to remove objects.”

How, exactly, do you do it? The CMA offers this description — and, good news, you don’t have to be a mom to do it. Just a responsible relative who can follow directions. The how-to: “In the mother’s kiss, a child’s mother or trusted relative covers the child’s mouth with her mouth to form a seal, blocks the clear nostril with her finger then blows into the mouth. The pressure from the breath may then expel the object. The parent explains the technique to the child so that he or she is not frightened.”

The researchers, who looked at eight case studies of people who tried it, found that the mother’s kiss successfully expels foreign objects from kids’ noses about 59% of the time. It may take several tries, they add.

But this isn’t the only way to get Monopoly game pieces, Barbie shoesor peas out of your kid’s nostrils. Other experts suggest that if you can see the object, you can try to gently grab it and pull it out with flat –not pointy — tweezers. You can also show your little kid (this happens most often in kids ages 1 to 8) how to blow out, then ask him or her to mimic you.

“Did you give CPR to a man on 45th St. and 6th Ave on Friday, October 5th?”

From ABC News:

The family of Jason Kroft would like the man who saved his life to know they are thankful. The problem is, the good Samaritan is nowhere to be found.

During a visit from Toronto on Oct. 5, Kroft, 40, was sightseeing with his family in Manhattan. As the family approached the corner of 6th Avenue and 45th Street, Kroft grabbed his heart and fell to his knees, having suffered a serious heart attack.

“We were walking across 45th Street,” said Kroft’s brother Ryan, who had joined Kroft, Kroft’s wife Marci, and their two daughters, Sloane, 7, and Harper, 9, “when Jason said he was having very bad indigestion. And that’s when he fell to his knees.”

People rushed over, Kroft says, and urged him to call 9-1-1, which he did.

“Marci screamed that Jason was turning blue and around that moment I turned to speak to 9-1-1 operators. Then the man appeared and asked a few questions and the next thing I knew he was giving mouth-to-mouth,” Ryan Kroft said.

Doctor visits plummet as Americans crowd emergency rooms

From The Review:

Doctor visits have been declining over the past 10 years, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released earlier this month.

Joseph Siebold, director of Student Health Services, stated in an email message that he believes family practice doctors are experiencing a decline because of a rise in emergency room visits.

“There has been an increase in patients seeking care in emergency rooms because over the years there has been a steady increase in patients who do not have health insurance, and therefore cannot afford to go to physician offices,” Siebold said.

Because health insurance is a problem for some people, it can be a deciding factor in where they seek care, Siebold said.