Medical Translator for Chrome Turns Medical Jargon Into Plain English

From Lifehacker:

If you’ve ever researched anything medical, you probably know what it’s like to have a bunch of jargon thrown at you, only to feel just as confused as when you started. Iodine’s Medical Translator translates confusing medical terminology into plain English when you hover over the word.

Ditch the Spine Board

From EP Monthly:

While the data to support spinal immobilization are weak, there is an increasing amount of evidence noting potential risks and morbidity associated with spinal immobilization. Spinal immobilization has been used to prevent aggravating spinal cord injury. However, in a controversial study done by Hauswald et al, non-immobilized patients in Malaysia had better neurological outcomes than similar injury-matched patients who were immobilized in New Mexico (OR 2.03) . While these studies were conducted in vastly different countries, the overall notion that secondary injury to the cord due to transport is rare because the forces exerted during transport are weak compared to that required to injure the spinal cord may still hold true. Other studies have shown increased mortality (OR 2.06-2.77)

Attack on nurses points to growing risk of Minnesota hospital violence

From MPR:

At hospitals around the country, physical attacks against workers have been on the rise. A recent national survey of hundreds of U.S. hospitals by the International Security and Safety Foundation found a spike in reported incidents and an upturn in violent crime.

Minnesota’s office of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration reports workplace injury claims for assaults and violent acts in hospitals going up year over year since 2012.

The issue is so concerning for Minnesota’s healthcare community, the Minnesota Department of Health formed a statewide task force and launched a safety campaign on preventing and responding to violence. Today, 90 healthcare facilities have signed up to be part of the campaign.

Why is Telehealth a Driving Force in Healthcare?

From Hands On Telehealth:

The combination of decreasing supply, increasing demand, and rising costs create a “perfect storm” of challenges in healthcare. As a key solution for weathering this perfect storm, telehealth is critical to the future of healthcare.

Telepsychiatry Brings Help To Remote Patients

From Information Week:

Short-staffed state healthcare organizations send psychiatrists on extensive drives across sparsely covered districts, where they can manage to see a only small number of patients each day. Mark Binkley, general counsel at the South Carolina Department of Mental Health, told us these departments frequently try to recruit mental health professionals to work in rural areas, vying against the allure of private practice or organizations in more populated regions. The South Carolina Department of Mental Health currently has more than 30 vacancies for psychiatrists.

Increasingly, mental health organizations are addressing these challenges by using telehealth tools to treat patients with emotional and psychological disorders. Like the Veterans Health Administration (a longtime telehealth adopter), South Carolina’s DMH uses telehealth to support mental health patients in 20 of the state’s 65 hospitals’ emergency departments and 17 mental health centers across 46 counties.

Hospital and EMS team up to address chronic ambulance use, ER visits

From RRStar:

Between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30 of this year, 20 people accounted for 192 calls and visits to SwedishAmerican Hospital’s emergency room.

Many of these chronic users, known by first responders as “frequent flyers,” tax ambulance services and fill up the ER for non-emergency ailments.

To curb the frequent use, if not abuse, of emergency services, the Rockford Fire Department is partnering with SwedishAmerican Hospital in a six-month pilot program aimed at reducing 911 calls and ER visits and enabling patients to better care for themselves.