Man dies in ED waiting area

From WABC:

Let’s start off by saying that St. Barnabas is a good hospital. The doctors and nurses there save lives every day, but earlier this week, an over-burdened Emergency Room may have failed in its mission to help the sick.

A man died at some point during an 8-hour wait for care. Most alarming, he may have been dead for several hours before anyone noticed.

The patient, a 30-year-old man walked into St. Barnabas Hospital’s Emergency Room Sunday night around 10 p.m. complaining about a rash. His vitals were taken and he was told to sit in the packed waiting room until his name was called. At 6:40 the next morning, he was found by a security guard, dead in a waiting room chair.

Woman Faces Murder Charges in Massachusetts Ambulance Crash

From JEMS:

 A driver accused of running a Massachusetts stop sign and causing an ambulance crash that killed a patient is being charged with negligent motor vehicle homicide.

This Digital Stethoscope Can Spot Extra-Subtle Heart Murmurs

From Gizmodo:


Physicians have been successfully diagnosing heart conditions using just their stethoscopes and ears for years now. But how many particularly subtle issues, like heart murmurs, have gone unnoticed? With the ViScope MD from HD Medical Inc., hopefully none ever do. It adds audio filters, a visual readout, and automatic murmur detection to a standard stethoscope to enhance what doctors already hear, ensuring nothing gets missed.

60 Hospitals With 7 Minute or Less Door-to-Diagnosis ED Wait Times

From Becker’s:

The following is a list of hospitals with a door-to-diagnosis time of seven minutes or less as listed on Hospital Compare. Times are “door-to-diagnostic-eval” times from Hospital Compare’s Emergency Department Care Measures list. Hospitals with insufficient data were excluded from the creation of this list.

Community Paramedics: “House Calls Return As Cost-Cutting Move “

From CBS Minnesota:

A Twin Cities hospital is trying to help cut down on health care costs by returning to an old-age idea: house calls.

Fifteen months ago, North Memorial Medical Center launched a program called “Community Paramedics.”

A few days each week, certified paramedics visit people at home who have been to the emergency room multiple times over the past year.