National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome stands behind the research science

From the Standard Examiner:

he National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome is speaking out against a Washington Post article that reported the condition as a widely-debated diagnosis being used to wrongfully convict individuals.

In a formal statement, executive director Ryan Steinbeigle said while any wrongful conviction is a terrible injustice, an overturned conviction does not disprove the existence of Shaken Baby Syndrome and Abusive Head Trauma.

“Many who read the Washington Post piece were misled to believe that there is disagreement among the mainstream medical community about the mechanism of injury or even the existence of SBS/AHT,” Steinbeigle said.

New heart attack test could speed Emergency Department diagnosis

From UToday:

A new research study underway in the emergency department at Foothills Medical Centre shows promise for speeding up the diagnosis of patients who arrive with heart attack symptoms.

Researchers are evaluating the reliability of a new blood-screening procedure that shortens by several hours the time it takes for physicians to rule out a heart attack. If the test proves accurate, not only would it improve care for cardiac patients, it would also improve flow in congested emergency departments.

“Patients who arrive at hospital with chest pains are given priority because it is essential for doctors to quickly identify which patients need to be treated for a heart attack,” says Dr. James Andruchow, the lead investigator in the study and a specialist in emergency medicine.

ED Physician Says He Awoke to Group Stabbing Him with Knives and Syringes

From People:

Michigan police are investigating after an emergency room doctor says he awoke in his home under assault by four people who attacked him with knives and syringes.

“All I can say at this point is, we’re investigating an incident, although we’re not sure exactly what kind of incident it is,” Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety Director Bruce Smith told The Detroit News.

Hospitals’ uncompensated care costs fell by $7.4B last year

From Becker’s:

Uncompensated care costs at U.S. hospitals fell by an estimated $7.4 billion in 2014 due to the expansion of healthcare coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to a recent report from HHS’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.

ASPE estimated hospitals’ uncompensated care costs would have been $34.7 billion in 2014 if the uninsured rate had remained at its 2013 level. However, actual uncompensated care costs for 2014 were estimated to be $27.3 billion.

Fake Uber service wants to cut your ambulance wait time in half

From Mashable:

Jimmy Kimmel announced a brand new, totally fake Uber app on his show late last night.

In response to reports that the median wait time for an Uber in New York is less than half of that for an ambulance, Kimmel and his team put together a new service, appropriately called “Ubulance.”

It may sound a little sketchy, but don’t worry. Your Ubulance driver has gone through an extensive four-hour online training course to ensure you receive the best possible emergency medical care.