Ambulance Hijacked While Worker Asleep Inside

From the Huffington Post:

Authorities say an Albuquerque ambulance worker catching some sleep in the back of his vehicle woke up to find himself the victim of a carjacking.

Police have arrested a man and a woman accused of driving off in the ambulance around 3 a.m. Saturday while it was parked outside Lovelace Medical Center in downtown Albuquerque.

Police spokesman Elder Guevara says the employee was asleep in the vehicle’s rear but was able to jump out when the ambulance slowed near an intersection.

Robot doctor working in Ohio hospital emergency room; ‘telemedicine’ changing care globally

From the Republic:

There is a new physician’s assistant in the emergency room at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, but this one is not human. A robot named Vincent by the hospital staff, or Vinnie for short, is breaking ground in medical treatment in northwest Ohio.

The remote-presence robot, RP7, can be controlled by a doctor from his office, home, or car through any computer device, even a smartphone, and commanded to roll on its own into any room in the emergency department.

First-responders using military-grade gear

From the Sun Sentinel:

Did you ever imagine that your neighborhood paramedics would be packing combat-style quick-clotting gauze, or that the local music festival would feel the need to set up a field hospital?

Saving lives in an era of terrorist bombings and semiautomatic weaponry requires a bold approach, local emergency officials say, and some South Florida EMS units are responding with lessons learned on the battlefield.

How Many Die From Medical Mistakes In U.S. Hospitals?

From NPR:

In 1999, the Institute of Medicine published the famous “To Err Is Human” report, which dropped a bombshell on the medical community by reporting that up to 98,000 people a year die because of mistakes in hospitals. The number was initially disputed, but is now widely accepted by doctors and hospital officials — and quoted ubiquitously in the media.

In 2010, the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services said that bad hospital care contributed to the deaths of 180,000 patients in Medicare alone in a given year.

Now comes a study in the current issue of the Journal of Patient Safety that says the numbers may be much higher — between 210,000 and 440,000 patients each year who go to the hospital for care suffer some type of preventable harm that contributes to their death.


Post-resuscitation temperature management… but not hypothermia?

From Kevin MD:

Based on the evidence we have, a reasonable practice would seem to be to use therapeutic temperature management targeted at 36°C.  This should help us to avoid hypocoagulation associated with the lower temperature, as well as some issues associated with rewarming.