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Ensuring Pediatric Readiness for All Emergency Departments: National Pediatric Readiness Project
Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine Emergency Medical Services for Children Innovation and Improvement Center. 07/2017 This nine-page report describes the history of the National Pediatric Readiness Project (NPRP), the progress made to date, and the need for continued efforts to improve pediatric health care services within the nation's emergency departments. The project aims to establish a composite baseline of the nation's capacity to provide care to children in the emergency department, and create a foundation for emergency departments to engage in an ongoing quality improvement process. (PDF) (Sour...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

National Model EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Clinical Guidelines: Version 2.0 (2017)
National Association of State EMS Officials. 09/2017 This 373-page document, an update of the 2014 version, provides guidelines that are intended to help state EMS systems ensure a more standardized approach to the practice of patient care, and to encompass evidence-based guidelines as they are developed. The long-term goal is to develop a full range of evidence-based pre-hospital care clinical guidelines. The guidelines can fill a significant gap in uniform clinical guidance for EMS patient care, while also providing input to the evidence-based guideline development process. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Emergency medical service personnel's risk from violence while serving the community - Maguire BJ, O'Neill BJ.
OBJECTIVES: To determine the risks of violence-related injury among emergency medical services (EMS) personnel in the United States. METHODS: We analyzed 1630 violence-related occupational injury cases reported to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Occupational Issues Source Type: news

Opioid overdose outbreak - West Virginia, August 2016 - Massey J, Kilkenny M, Batdorf S, Sanders SK, Ellison D, Halpin J, Gladden RM, Bixler D, Haddy L, Gupta R.
On August 15, 2016, the Mayor's Office of Drug Control Policy in Huntington, West Virginia, notified the Cabell-Huntington Health Department (CHHD) of multiple calls regarding opioid overdose received by the emergency medical system (EMS) during 3 p.m.-8 p... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Towns Forced to Evacuate After Guajataca Dam Fails in Puerto Rico
(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) — A failing dam prompted emergency evacuations of two towns in northwest Puerto Rico on Friday as the U.S. territory struggled with flooding, an island-wide power blackout and other dangers in Hurricane Maria’s wake. The National Weather Service in San Juan said Friday that the northwestern municipalities of Isabela and Quebradillas, home to some 70,000 people, were being evacuated with buses because the nearby Guajataca Dam was failing. Details remained sketchy about the evacuation with communications hampered after the storm. The 345-yard (316-meter) dam holds back a manmade lake cover...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Danica Coto / AP Tags: Uncategorized Hurricane Maria onetime Puerto Rico Source Type: news

Kaiser Permanente CEO: Health Care Must Mean More Than Coverage
Health care has been in the spotlight this year — and most of the focus has been on what is not working for the American people. Like many other industries that have undergone significant transformation before health care, the way forward is rarely simple or defined. There is no question it’s time for the health care industry to reflect the changing needs of America. Yet, is the health care system so broken that — to solve for 30 million more people getting access to high-quality, affordable care — we must throw out what is currently working for the 300 million people who have access to coverage whi...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Bernard J. Tyson Tags: Uncategorized health Health Care politics The CEO Initiative Source Type: news

How Architecture Should Adapt to Climate Change
Ever since humans left their caves, providing shelter has been the focus of their architectural endeavors. Perfecting the art over time, we have come to think of buildings as permanent. When we build, we do it for eternity. Still, whenever disaster strikes, buildings invariably burn, flood or collapse. We have seen a lot of that in the news lately. Grenfell Tower, hurricanes Harvey and Irma and Maria, the Mexican earthquakes, to name a few. Confronted with the fragility of our structures — and the ever-growing power of the elements they face — we start asking questions, search for solutions and, inevitably, tur...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Reinier de Graaf Tags: Uncategorized building climate change Disasters Innovation Natural Disasters Source Type: news

NHS leaders chant 'we can do this' at A&E improvement summit
NHS chief executives were led in a chant of “we can do this” at a nationally convened meeting about the need to improve emergency performance, HSJ has been told. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - September 22, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New concussion guidelines: Q & A with a sports medicine physician
For the last few years, concussions have been on the forefront of the minds of parents, coaches and athletes across the country, as their risks and prevalence become more well-known. This increase in visibility has raised a lot of concern about both the immediate and potential long-term effects of concussions sustained by children and adolescents. Luckily, research efforts have also increased, leading to a better understanding of how concussions should be managed in young athletes. At the 5th International Conference on Concussion in Sport held in Berlin, Germany, physicians and researchers around the world came together t...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - September 22, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Connor Ertz Tags: Ask the Expert Kids' Safety Division of Sports Medicine Dr. William Meehan sports concussion Sports Concussion Clinic Source Type: news

Weekly Postings
See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions! Spotlight NNLM MAR has a new Health Professions Coordinator, Erin Seger! See our recent blog post to learn more about Erin. Check out the Summer 2017 issue of The MAReport! In this issue, Executive Director Kate Flewelling writes about MAR travel, including conferences where you can meet with our coordinators in-person! Read the article to learn more. Renew your membership today! If you have not yet verified that your organization’s record is up-to-date, see our recent blog post about the benefits of renewal and NNLM ...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - September 22, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Weekly Postings Source Type: news

Nerf gun eye injuries: traumatic hyphema - Bizrah M, Verma S.
Three unrelated patients attended the accident and emergency department with pain and blurred vision after ocular injury with a Nerf gun. Two were adults and one was a child, all of which presented within a 3 months' period. All three cases were found to h... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Measuring and comparing hospital accessibility for Palm Beach County's elderly and nonelderly populations during a hurricane - Prasad S.
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether, during a hurricane, geographic accessibility to hospitals with emergency care is compromised disproportionately for the elderly than for the nonelderly. METHODS: The locations of hospitals with emergency health car... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Factors influencing short-term outcomes for older patients accessing emergency departments after a fall: the role of fall dynamics - Trevisan C, Di Gregorio P, Debiasi E, Pedrotti M, La Guardia M, Manzato E, Sergi G, March A.
BACKGROUND: While the relevance of falls in raising the risk of fractures, hospitalization and disability in older age is well recognized, the factors influencing the onset of fractures and the need for ward admission after a fall have yet to be fully eluc... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

The emergency department: challenges and opportunities for suicide prevention - Asarnow JR, Babeva K, Horstmann E.
This article focuses on the ED and emergency services as service delivery sites for suicide prevention. Characteristics of EDs, models of emergency care, ED screening and brief inte... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Optimizing recruitment and retention of adolescents in emergency department research: findings from concussion biomarker pilot - Mbachu SN, Pieribone VA, Bechtel KA, McCarthy ML, Melnick ER.
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

National survey on managing minor childhood traumatic head injuries in The Netherlands shows low guideline adherence and large inter-hospital variations - Niele N, Willemars L, van Houten M, Pl ötz FB.
More than 12,000 children are seen in Dutch emergency departments with a mild traumatic head injury (MTHI) every year. In The Netherlands, the paediatric MTHI guidelines are primarily based on the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network study (1)... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Inter-observer agreement in pediatric cervical spine injury assessment between prehospital and emergency department providers - Browne LR, Schwartz H, Ahmad FA, Wallendorf M, Kuppermann N, Lerner EB, Leonard JC.
BACKGROUND: Investigators have derived cervical spine injury (CSI) decision support tools from physician observations. There is a need to demonstrate that prehospital emergency medical services (EMS) providers can use these tools to appropriately determine... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Violent behavior by emergency department patients with an involuntary hold status - Dawson NL, Lachner C, Vadeboncoeur TF, Maniaci MJ, Bosworth V, Rummans TA, Roy A, Burton MC.
BACKGROUND: Violence against health care workers has been increasing. Health care workers in emergency departments (EDs) are highly vulnerable because they provide care for patients who may have mental illness, behavioral problems, or substance use disorde... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Postconcussive symptoms over the first 14 days after mild traumatic brain injury: an experience sampling study - Pacella M, Prabhu A, Morley J, Huang S, Suffoletto B.
This study examined changes in postconcussive symptoms (PCS) over the acute postinjury recovery period, focusing on how daily PCSs differ between mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and other injury types. SETTING: An urban emergency department (... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Physician-staffed helicopter emergency medical service has a beneficial impact on the incidence of prehospital hypoxia and secured airways on patients with severe traumatic brain injury - Pakkanen T, K ämäräinen A, Huhtala H, Silfvast T, Nurmi J, Virkkunen I, Yli-Hankala A.
BACKGROUND: After traumatic brain injury (TBI), hypotension, hypoxia and hypercapnia have been shown to result in secondary brain injury that can lead to increased mortality and disability. Effective prehospital assessment and treatment by emergency medica... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Patients with acute poisoning presenting to an urban emergency department of a tertiary hospital in Tanzania - Mbarouk GS, Sawe HR, Mfinanga JA, Stein J, Levin S, Mwafongo V, Runyon MS, Reynolds TA, Olson KR.
BACKGROUND: Poisoning is a major public health concern in sub-Saharan Africa, affecting patients of all age groups. Poisoned patients often present to the emergency department (ED) and prompt evaluation and appropriate management are imperative to ensure o... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Prehospital response time delays for emergency patients in events of concurrent mass casualty incidents - Kim J, Kim CH, Shin SD, Park JO.
OBJECTIVE: We investigated the extent of delays in the response time of emergency medical services (EMS) as an impact of mass casualty incidences (MCIs) in the same area. METHODS: We defined an MCI case as an event that resulted in 6 or more patien... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

The forgotten need of disaster relief - Tamariz L, Cely C, Palacio A.
Disasters in countries with limited resources can put the emergency preparedness of the country to the test. The first major task after a disaster is to take care of the wounded. In countries where the epidemiological transition has occurred, chronic disea... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

3 Ways the United Nations Is Helping the World (and 2 Ways It Can ’t)
Former UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold once remarked that the UN “was created not to lead mankind to heaven but to save humanity from hell.” Put another (less poetic) way, the UN is better at helping the world cope with crises than at preventing or ending them. This week’s UN General Assembly has confirmed as much; here, five global challenges the UN can, and can’t solve: 1. North Korea Let’s begin with something the UN can do very little to resolve: the North Korea standoff. There are three reasons for that. First, the “carrot” the UN wields—the lifting of economic sa...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ian Bremmer Tags: Uncategorized risk report Source Type: news

Emergency contraception not as accessible as it should be, says CU Anschutz study
(University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus) Efforts to remove barriers to accessing emergency contraception (EC) scored victories in 2013, when the US Food and Drug Administration removed age restrictions on over-the-counter sales of the levonogestrel drug Plan B. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Low screening rates for adolescents diagnosed with PID in the nation's emergency departments
(Children's National Health System) The nation's emergency departments had low rates of complying with recommended HIV and syphilis screening for at-risk adolescents, though larger hospitals were more likely to provide such evidence-based care. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Follow-up protocol was useful for children whose parents attended emergency departments after partner violence, substance abuse or a suicide attempt - Hoytema van Konijnenburg EMM, Gigengack M, Teeuw AH, Sieswerda-Hoogendoorn T, Brilleslijper-Kater SN, Flapper BC, Lindauer RJL, van Goudoever JB, van der Lee JH.
AIM: This was a one-year follow up of families referred to support services after the parents visited the emergency department due to intimate partner violence, substance abuse or a suicide attempt. Its aim was to evaluate the wellbeing of any children. ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

The challenge of triaging apparently mild paediatric traumatic brain injury in the emergency room: We're not there yet - Forsyth R.
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Salivary α-amylase in on-call from home fire and emergency service personnel - Hall SJ, Aisbett B, Robertson SJ, Ferguson SA, Turner A.
This study had two aims, Aim 1: examine salivary α-amylase awakening response (AAR) and diurnal salivary α-amylase (sAA) profile in fire and... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news

A system-wide solution to antidote stocking in emergency departments: the Nova Scotia antidote program - Murphy NG, Bona DR, Hurley TA.
OBJECTIVE: Inadequate stocking of essential antidotes in hospitals is an internationally documented problem. A concrete and sustainable system-wide solution for easy access to antidotes in emergency departments (EDs) was developed and implemented in Nova S... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Violence towards emergency nurses: a narrative review of theories and frameworks - Ramacciati N, Ceccagnoli A, Addey B, Lumini E, Rasero L.
INTRODUCTION: Workplace Violence in the health environment is a growing issue worldwide. Emergency department have been identified asa high-risk setting for Workplace Violence and emergency nurses are most exposed to this phenomenon. To address workplace v... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Occupational Issues Source Type: news

Montelukast Associated With Nightmares, Depression
Odds of depression, aggressive behavior, suicide ideation, nightmares, headaches all increased (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - September 22, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Family Medicine, Nursing, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Pulmonology, Allergy, Emergency Medicine, Journal, Source Type: news

Florida Public Employees Lost Their Jobs Because They Didn ’t Come to Work During Hurricane Irma
Four public works employees in Florida lost their jobs because they did not come to work during Hurricane Irma. The Tampa Bay Times reports that four city workers in Largo, Fl. decided to remain with family as the hurricane approached the area earlier this month, instead of showing up to work. Two employees were fired, while the other two resigned. “It was like a sledgehammer hit me right between the eyes,” said Brian Nutting, a former solid waste driver who was fired. “I didn’t think they’d be that harsh to someone who has dedicated services to them for 24 years.” Largo city manager He...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mahita Gajanan Tags: Uncategorized Florida onetime Source Type: news

CLAIM: Red Cross stole emergency supplies from the doorsteps of churches, then sold them for profit
(Natural News) A Houston-area woman has made an explosive allegation that the American Red Cross scooped up Hurricane Harvey relief supplies that poured in from all over the country, and supposedly sold some of them — like bottle water — for a profit. Other supplies were discarded in dumpsters. In a Facebook video, Gina Nelms... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FUJIFILM SonoSite strengthens European organisation
The new European structure sees Torsten Walther promoted to European Sales Director, working with the local sales teams to ensure a comprehensive and responsive service for both new and existing customers. Torsten commented: “There have been many developments in POC ultrasound in the past 10 years, most notably the rise in ultrasound-guided interventions and emergency diagnostics. Our aim is to be at the forefront of these growth areas, providing technologically advanced and practical solutions that fit seamlessly into patient management for improved outcomes.” Volker Keller, newly appointed as European Marketi...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 21, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: FUJIFILM SonoSite, Inc. Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

FUJIFILM SonoSite strengthens European organisation
The new European structure sees Torsten Walther promoted to European Sales Director, working with the local sales teams to ensure a comprehensive and responsive service for both new and existing customers. Torsten commented: “There have been many developments in POC ultrasound in the past 10 years, most notably the rise in ultrasound-guided interventions and emergency diagnostics. Our aim is to be at the forefront of these growth areas, providing technologically advanced and practical solutions that fit seamlessly into patient management for improved outcomes.” Volker Keller, newly appointed as European Marketi...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 21, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: FUJIFILM SonoSite, Inc. Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Sepsis Alliance Launches New Community Education Kit to Raise Sepsis Awareness Across America
Nearly half of Americans haven’t heard of sepsis, the body’s life-threatening response to infection that kills more than a quarter million people every year in the U.S. Sepsis Alliance, the nation’s leading sepsis advocacy organization, just launchead a new Sepsis 911 Community Education Kit that empowers sepsis advocates across the country to make a difference in their local community by spreading the word about sepsis. “There are passionate sepsis advocates in every corner of this country and Sepsis Alliance is excited to offer a new tool to help these leaders share their stories and raise sepsis ...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - September 21, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Sepsis Alliance Tags: Training Patient Care Source Type: news

Introducing Crestline ’s Specialty Vehicles Product Showcase
Saskatoon, SK, Canada – Crestline Coach, a global leader in ambulance and specialty vehicle manufacturing, is actively inspiring and reinventing the Specialty Vehicle industry. Since 1975, Crestline has firmly established itself as a trusted industry leader and innovative manufacturer of high quality products. Crestline’s Specialty Vehicles Division offers the widest range of dynamic and customized solutions to meet the unique requirements of the EMS, Police, Fire and Health Care markets. For nearly a decade, Crestline has worked closely with Turtle Top, US-based specialty vehicle and bus manufacturer, to desig...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 21, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Crestline Coach Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Industry News Source Type: news

Mifepristone, Ulipristal Acetate Among Most Effective Emergency Contraceptives Mifepristone, Ulipristal Acetate Among Most Effective Emergency Contraceptives
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

The Mexico City Earthquake Is a Warning for Americans
We are only beginning to understand the full damage of the earthquake in Mexico City: at least 230 dead, including at least 21 schoolchildren; nearly 50 buildings flattened; entire communities without power or cell phone coverage. It’s a grim reminder of just how devastating a seismic event can be. But what is particularly chilling is that this quake could have been much worse. Monday’s earthquake was an M 7.1. That M stands for “magnitude,” or the amount of energy released in a quake. Magnitude is measured exponentially: in other words, the 1906 quake that leveled San Francisco, an estimated M 7.8,...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kathryn Miles Tags: Uncategorized Disasters Mexico Natural Disasters onetime Source Type: news

Law Enforcement, State Attorneys Review 10 Patients who Died in Sweltering Nursing Home
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Ten elderly patients died after being kept inside a nursing home that turned into a sweatbox when Hurricane Irma knocked out its air conditioning for three days, even though just across the street was a fully functioning and cooled hospital. From the perspective of Florida Gov. Rick Scott and relatives of those at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, criminal charges are warranted. But under Florida law, a prosecution might be difficult. Two of three ex-state prosecutors contacted by The Associated Press had doubts as to whether Dr. Jack Michel, the home's owner, or any of his employee...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 21, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Terry Spencer, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

NTSB: Sleep Apnea a Factor in NYC Area Train Crashes
The engineers of two commuter trains that slammed into New York City-area stations in the last year were both suffering from severe sleep apnea and have no memory of the crashes, according to investigative reports and interview transcripts made public Thursday. The National Transportation Safety Board said the common circumstances of the Sept. 29, 2016, New Jersey Transit crash in Hoboken, New Jersey, and the Jan. 4, 2017, Long Island Rail Road crash in Brooklyn warranted combining findings and recommendations in a single investigative report to be released early next year. Neither engineer had been diagnosed with sleep ap...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 21, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Michael R. Sisak and Joan Lowy, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

CVS Announces New Limits On Prescription Painkillers Amid ‘ Public Health Emergency ’
WOONSOCKET, R.I. (CBS) – CVS is taking steps to combat the “rapidly growing epidemic of opioid addiction and misuse” by putting new restrictions on prescription painkillers. Starting in February, the chain’s new policy will put a 7-day limit on the supply of certain prescriptions for patients who are new to opioid therapy. Additionally, the daily dosage of painkillers will be limited based on how strong the opioid is, and immediate-release opioids will be favored over extended-release versions. News | @CVSHealth Fighting National Opioid Abuse Epidemic With Enterprise Initiatives https://t.co/P11cp...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CVS opioid abuse Source Type: news

Rural Uganda Gets a Health Worker Boost
September 21, 2017The sight of serene hills stretching into the horizon calmed my nerves as we snaked our way through steep and narrow dirt roads deep in Buhweju district, in South Western Uganda, 319 kilometers from the capital, Kampala.  Suddenly, it dawned on me why this district is considered “hard to reach” as I imagined what it would be like to traverse the same ground during a rainstorm or at night.It ’s here that I meet Janet Alupo, 20, an operating theatre assistant at Nsika Health Center IV who plans to take this same journey—plus an additional 332 kilometers—every three months ...
Source: IntraHealth International - September 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: lfreeze Source Type: news

The Surprising Reason Americans Are Obsessed With Pumpkins
Friday may officially mark the first day of Fall, but retailers have been getting into the spirit of the season for weeks: pumpkin-flavored items started hitting shelves in August, and some Starbucks locations have been selling Pumpkin Spice Lattes since Sept. 1. The array of pumpkin-flavored items seems to get more surprising by the year, from pumpkin-flavored wine to pet food. And people are eating it up: Nielsen says sales of pumpkin-flavored items have reached a new high, bringing in $414 million in the U.S. between the end of July 2016 and the end of July 2017 — up from $286 million over that same period of time...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Olivia B. Waxman Tags: Uncategorized Food Food & Drink food and drink Source Type: news

Indian gov ’ t mulls price cap on ‘ essential ’ medical devices
The Indian government is considering capping prices on medical devices it deems essential to health care, according to a new report from LiveMint. The government has assembled a committee to create a National List of Essential Medical Devices which it intends to make available with assurances related to both quality and price, according to the report. “The devices and medical equipment included under the list will be those which are required for the basic running of medical premises including hospitals, clinics and those required to handle medical emergency,” a government document stated, according to LiveMint&...
Source: Mass Device - September 21, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Regulatory/Compliance Indian National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) Source Type: news

Emergency flow improvement tool
An intuitive data visualisation tool that gives NHS providers extensive information on patient flow through their emergency departments. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Africa: Gauteng Health On Illegal Strike By Emergency Medical Services Personnel
[Govt of SA] Gauteng Emergency Medical Services not affected by illegal strike (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 21, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Rapid Response Saves Veteran Firefighter and Paramedic Having Heart Attack
TUCKER, Ga. (Fox5 Atlanta) - The day that changed everything for Dave Galbraith began like any other. It was March 22,  2017.  Captain Galbraith was at his desk at DeKalb County Fire Rescue headquarters in Tucker. About 11 in the morning,  the then 46-year old veteran firefighter/paramedic began to feel off. "And started having a full, heavy, almost a pressure feeling in my torso, up into my shoulders, and down my arms," Galbraith says. So he got up and tried to walk off the pressure.Galbraith had spent years as a paramedic, working to save heart attack patients. Now, the paramedic w...
Source: JEMS Operations - September 21, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Beth Galvin, Fox 5 Atlanta Tags: News Videos Cardiac & Resuscitation Operations Source Type: news

Rapid Response Saves Veteran Firefighter and Paramedic Having Heart Attack
TUCKER, Ga. (Fox5 Atlanta) - The day that changed everything for Dave Galbraith began like any other. It was March 22,  2017.  Captain Galbraith was at his desk at DeKalb County Fire Rescue headquarters in Tucker. About 11 in the morning,  the then 46-year old veteran firefighter/paramedic began to feel off. "And started having a full, heavy, almost a pressure feeling in my torso, up into my shoulders, and down my arms," Galbraith says. So he got up and tried to walk off the pressure.Galbraith had spent years as a paramedic, working to save heart attack patients. Now, the paramedic w...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - September 21, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Beth Galvin, Fox 5 Atlanta Tags: News Videos Cardiac & Resuscitation Operations Source Type: news