Chase of armed murder suspect ends in the ED

From WITN:

Officers found his vehicle on Willow Drive, but he drove off when police approached. Police say Gonzalez led them on a high speed chase to Martin General Hospital, where Gonzalez hit a parked car. He then ran into the emergency room, still armed. The Williamston Police Department and the Martin County Sheriff’s Office apprehended him there, and no one in the hospital was hurt.

Man wakes up in body bag at funeral home

From WAPT:

Leaders at a funeral home in Lexington found a person alive and kicking in a body bag.

The man was found at the Porter and Sons Funeral Home, on Yazoo Street.


After the coroner helped move Williams to Porter and Sons Funeral Home, workers were getting ready to embalm him, but that’s when he started to move.

Byron Porter said it’s the first time he’s ever seen anything like it. Williams’ was inside the zipped-up body bag and kicking to get out.


Obama Budget to Seek Increased Health-Care Training Funds

From Bloomberg:

President Barack Obama will propose a $14.6 billion expansion of health-care and medical-training programs in the fiscal 2015 budget he’s releasing next week, the administration said in a statement.

The spending is meant to “improve delivery of health-care services, particularly primary care” from inner cities to rural areas and finance specialty training for doctors and other health-care givers in underserved areas, the administration said.

Obama … will ask Congress to approve $3.95 billion over six years to expand the National Health Service Corps to 15,000 providers from fewer than 8,900 now. The corps provides scholarship and loan repayments in exchange for a promise to serve for a fixed period in urban, rural and “frontier” regions where there’s a shortage of medical personnel.

Single Graduate Medical Education Pathway for DOs and MDs Starts in 2015

From MedPage Today:

A unified, single-system graduate medical education (GME) accreditation for allopathic and osteopathic physicians — MDs and DOs — will launch in 2015.

The agreement, which has been in the works for several years, marks a sea change for the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

In June 2013, the ACGME signed off on a plan that had been in the works for roughly 2 years, but, according to Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the AOA and AACOM weren’t ready to give the go-ahead.

Google Glass tested in surgery, ERs

From USA Today (video):

Doctors are taking a closer look at the Google Glass. They are being tested for use in the emergency room and during surgeries.

Retrofitting hospitals for obese patients

From Modern Healthcare:

Facing an increasing number of morbidly obese patients, U.S. hospitals need to invest in architectural designs and equipment to safely and effectively serve these patients, experts say. That includes widening everything from CT scanners to toilets to waiting room chairs to hospital gowns. They say these changes are necessary not only for the patients’ safety and comfort, but for the safety of hospital staff.

The future of hospital inpatient volumes

From Healthcare Finance News:

Since the recession first began in 2008, hospitals and health systems have continually seen a drop in inpatient volumes. Most industry experts say they expect more of the same for the rest of 2014 and even the next five years or so.

Analysts at both Moody’s Investors Service and Standard & Poor’s predict a continuing decline in hospital inpatient volumes due to a number of different factors, including a large shift to care in outpatient settings rather than inpatient.

ER wait times on rise nationwide

From Fierce Healthcare:

Wait times at emergency departments across the country are soaring, as various hospitals report wait times far above the national average.

Wait times at Kings County Hospital Center in New York, for example, are up to 113 minutes, four times longer than the national average, according to the New York Daily News. The average wait time nationwide to see a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant is 28 minutes, according to a report released by ProPublica

An Unusual Complication of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: Stomach Perforation

From the American Journal of Emergency Medicine:

Stomach perforation is an unusual complication of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). It generally occurs while providing an advanced airway. Stomach perforation may develop as a consequence of chest compressions in a patient with stomach distention caused by long periods of bag valve mask ventilation. We presented this case to emphasize that stomach perforation may develop during CPR, and early diagnosis, and surgical treatment may be life-saving.

Study: Evidence-based narratives help emergency medicine doctors improve recall of opioid prescribing guidelines

From the Westmoreland Times:

In the fight against a nationwide prescription opioid abuse epidemic, Penn Medicine researchers are using storytelling to help doctors recall important, potentially lifesaving national guidelines on how to prescribe these medications. – See more at: