Drunk patients in hospital emergency departments regularly attack staff

From News:

More than nine in ten emergency nurses and doctors have experienced physical assaults and threats from drunk patients in the last 12 months, a survey of 2,000 emergency medicos by the Australian College for Emergency Medicine has found.

Doctors are urging politicians to restrict the opening times of places selling alcohol to curb the violence in hospitals.

Up to one in three emergency department presentations in some hospitals are alcohol related.

“Hospitals were once places of quiet dignity. Now they bear witness to behaviour that would not be tolerated at 4am in a nightclub,” one doctor told the survey.

“Shift work may make people dumber”

From AsiaOne:

People who work shifts for 10 years or more may suffer loss of memory and brain power, said a study yesterday that also warned of safety concerns in high-risk jobs.

The effects on brain function can be reversed, but this may take at least five years, wrote the study’s team in the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine.

The research is the latest to highlight the dangers of shift work, which disrupts the body’s internal clock and has previously been linked to health problems like ulcers, cardiovascular disease and some cancers.

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Video visits, telemedicine today are like retail clinics were in the 1990s

From MobiHealthNews:

“In the 1970s we had urgent care,” he said. “The medical establishment said ‘sure, it’s convenient, it decreases costs compared to emergency room. But what about continuity of care? What about quality of care?’ Now there’s 10,000 urgent cares in the country and they’re part of the medical establishment. Convenient care went through the same transition and there were the same comments. … Now we have publications that show convenient care doesn’t disrupt continuity and has good quality, and there are 1,500 convenient care centers in the country. When you look at telemedicine the comments are the same. Everyone believes it’s unbelievably efficient, it saves money. It’s hard to imagine it won’t follow the same pathway as other innovative ways to deliver healthcare. ”