More hospitals test older docs for competency

From Fierce Healthcare:

So more hospitals are taking a page from the aviation industry and requiring doctors over a certain age to undergo physical and cognitive evaluations to renew their medical staff privileges.

In fact, between 5 percent and 10 percent of hospitals have adopted age-based medical staff policies, according to Jonathan Burroughs, physician executive and CEO of The Burroughs Healthcare Consulting Network, FierceHealthcare previously reported.

Where E.R. Doctors Work Entirely Via Skype

From the Atlantic:

Every day — and through the night — in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, doctors report to work in a hospital where there are no patients.

And in over 70 rural communities in four states, patients stricken by heart attacks, or injured in car accidents, or facing other urgent health issues are rushed to an E.R. where there are no doctors. Or, more precisely, there’s one doctor. More often than not, he or she is trained in family practice, not emergency care. And if the call’s coming in the middle of the night, he legally has a half-hour to get out of bed and report in.

Avera Health Network is believed to have the only long-distance critical care center in the U.S., and possibly the world. Based at Avera Mckennan Hospital, the nonprofit provides a range of “telemedical” services that take advantage of technology — including high-definition two-way video consulting — to make it possible for experts to be available 24/7 in locations throughout South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wyoming, and Nebraska.

“Man who had massive cardiac arrest saved by work colleague who jump-started his heart by FALLING on him”

From the Daily Mail:

A man who collapsed and ‘died’ at work had his life saved when his heart was literally jump-started by a friend who fell on him.

Father-of-two Kevin Brockbank, 54, keeled over after suffering a massive heart attack during a coffee break.

Colleague Martin Amriding panicked and reached out to grab his friend of 35 years – but as Kevin slumped to the floor he was dragged down with him.

Engineer Martin, who weighs 15 stone, fell onto Kevin’s chest – and the impact kick-started his heart.

Pilot, 2 nurses die when medical copter crashes near Rochelle

From the Chicago Tribune:

A medical helicopter crashed Monday night on its way to a hospital in Mendota, killing the pilot and two nurses on board, officials said.

The helicopter was registered to Rockford Memorial Hospital and was enroute to pick up a patient at Mendota Community Hospital, officials said.

The helicopter crashed about 8:30 p.m. in a field in the small town of Compton, near the city of Rochelle. The helicopter was destroyed in the crash, according to the FAA.