School Nurses Stock Drug To Reverse Opioid Overdoses

From NPR:

No one is keeping track of how many kids are overdosing in schools, but it is happening, some nurses say. Since 2001, overdoses from heroin and opioid painkillers combined have more than tripled. And, while there is no evidence that opioid abuse is rising among teens, nearly one in four report having abused or misused a prescription drug, according to a recent study. In an effort to protect these kids, more schools are weighing the need to stock drugs that can stop an opioid overdose.

One of the first districts in New York to bring in naloxone is Dansville Central Schooldistrict in western New York. The week before school started, the district hosted a training attended by nurses from 11 rural districts in the region to learn about the emergency medication. Nurses opened kits containing two doses of intranasal naloxone. In groups of three or four, they practiced spraying the medication onto brown paper towels, and got answers to questions like, “How many doses should we give?” and “What if the patient is a very young child?”

This Tiny Critical Access Hospital Says ‘No Excuses’

From HealthLeaders:

Given their isolation, dearth of resources, and the challenging demographic they care for, critical access hospitals could be excused if the services they provide aren’t up to the standards of resource-rich larger hospitals in more urban settings.

The staff and management at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospitalin Highland, IL, beg to differ.

Peggy A. Sebastian, president and CEO of the 25-bed critical access hospital located in this town of about 9,500 souls, 30 miles east of St. Louis, says she and her staff of nearly 300 believe that every patient deserves excellent care, regardless of the setting

A state-by-state breakdown of 57 rural hospital closures

(Ed. Independence, KS is #58)

From Becker’s:

Here are the 24 states that have closed one or more rural hospital since 2010, according to the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program. For the purposes of its analysis, the NCRHRP defined a hospital closure as the cessation in the provision of inpatient services.

Calhoun Memorial Hospital (Arlington)
Charlton Memorial Hospital (Folkston)
Hart County Hospital (Hartwell)
Lower Oconee Community Hospital (Glenwood)
Stewart-Webster Hospital (Richland)

Central Kansas Medical Center (Great Bend)

Nicholas County Hospital (Carlisle)
Parkway Regional Hospital (Fulton)