Lightning Strikes 9 Teens; 3 Critical

From JEMS:

Nine school children — three of them in critical conditions — were in hospital in Johannesburg on Wednesday morning after being hit by lightning in two separate incidents, provincial authorities said.

These included four girls from Protea Glen Secondary School and five boys from King Edward VII School (KES), Gauteng education department spokesman Charles Phahlane said.

The Soweto girls, all aged 16, were struck on Monday while on their way home from school.

Oregon State May Bring Back Rural Loan Repayment Program for Rural Providers

From the Lund Report (via Kaiser Health News):

Oregon would restore $4 million in the next biennium to fund a loan repayment program that assists primary healthcare providers willing to work in rural areas, under a bill being pushed by Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, D-Beaverton.


Westtown teen arrested after causing a ruckus in ORMC emergency room

Another ruckus! (Previous ruckus)

From Record Online:

 A Westtown teen was arrested Sunday morning for threatening to kill doctors and nurses after becoming belligerent at Orange Regional Medical Center, police say.

Isiah Montgomery, 19, was arrested at 8:16 a.m. after state police said he became violent in the emergency room of the Town of Wallkill hospital.

Montgomery refused to leave the property and when police arrived, he threatened to lives of nurses and doctors in front of a troopers, police say. He continued to resist arrest and kept being belligerent on the way to the police barracks, police say.

BrainAttack App Helps Emergency Room Doctors, Nurses Save Stroke Patients’ Lives

From PR Web (press release)

Emergency room staff, neurologists and other mid-level health care providers racing the clock to treat stroke patients can now use [BrainAttack App the first interactive tPA decision–support app designed for clinical use, to help physicians save lives and prevent permanent disability by quickly determining the tPA eligibility for stroke patients.

ER Doc’s Letter To Surviving Spouse Goes Viral (2M+ hits) On Reddit

From Forbes:

This last December, an emergency room doc (thought to be female based on the handwriting) wrote a note to the widow of a patient she had treated in the Emergency Department of New York Presbyterian Hospital. Over the course of this last week, the note itself (names redacted) surfaced through one of the family members on Reddit – and went viral. At last count it had over 2 million hits.

The compassionate letter itself (original link here) continues to resonate with a large number of people as a gentle reminder of that critically important element of healthcare – the human element.