Dog Hitches Ride on the Side of an Ambulance to Stay With His Owner

From Gawker:

A sweet little dog in San Angelo, Texas hitched a twenty-mile ride on the side of an ambulance transporting his owner to the emergency room, the Standard-Times reports.

Tanner Brown, an emergency medical technician, told the paper it was “a crazy ordeal,” after a driver had to flag down the ambulance to alert them to their extra little passenger. Buddy, a a 35-pound Beagle mix, had been perched on the ambulance’s small side step for the twenty-mile trip.

Blood glucose predicts outcomes of patients with chest pain

From Consultant360:

Elevated blood glucose in patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) with chest pain is independently associated with an increased risk of cardiac events in the next 30 days, researchers from Australia and New Zealand report.

“We were not totally surprised by these findings, as the effects of presentation glucose as a predictor of outcomes in cases of confirmed acute coronary syndrome (ACS) have been widely studied,” Dr. Louise Cullen from Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in Brisbane, Australia, told Reuters Health by email.

“However, its use as a diagnostic indicator in the ED for all patients with possible ACS has not been widely studied, and indeed the incorporation of blood glucose in existing or future risk stratification tools for ACS is yet to be assessed,” she said.