After a clinical trial on Midazolam for seizures, use of the drug in ambulances rises

From Medical XPress:

For status epilepticus patients who experience seizures outside of the hospital, treatment administered on an ambulance is an important component of their overall care.

And, according to a new study, this care is improving thanks in part to increased knowledge around—and availability of—, a benzodiazepine.

“When people experience seizures we frequently call an ambulance, and they’re treated with a benzodiazepine if they’re still having a when the ambulance arrives,” says William Meurer, M.D., associate professor of emergency medicine at Michigan Medicine and a member of the Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care and the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation. “There are a few type of benzodiazepines that can be used, one of which is midazolam.”

Illinois Supreme Court leaves hospital property tax exemptions in place

From Becker’s:

The Illinois Supreme Court has vacated an appellate court decision issued last year that said a state law that allows nonprofit hospitals to avoid paying property taxes is unconstitutional, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Under a 2012 law, a nonprofit hospital in Illinois doesn’t have to pay property taxes if it can show its charitable services are equal to or exceed its property tax liability. Last January, the Illinois 4th District Appellate Court ruled the 2012 law is unconstitutional. The ruling was issued in a case brought by Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Ill., against the city of Urbana and other local taxing districts.