Category: Patient’s Perspective

Hospitals using alternative for Morphine due to shortage |

Eyewitness News recently got calls and e-mails from some concerned hospital patients wanting to know if they were getting the right pain medication alternative, since morphine is in short supply. When a recent hospital patient was at Tulane Medical Center last

Only 3.3% of emergency room visits are ‘avoidable,’ 

Only 3.3 percent of emergency room visits are avoidable, according to a study published Thursday in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care. This is because those visits deemed ‘avoidable’ involve mental health or dental care, issues with

Can Comfort Care At The ER Help Older People Live Longer And Suffer Less?

A man sobbed in a New York emergency room. His elderly wife, who suffered from advanced dementia, had just had a breathing tube stuck down her throat. He knew she never would have wanted that. Now he had to decide

Hospital ERs play vital role in reducing youth violence in urban communities

Thirty minutes of counseling during an emergency room visit can decrease a young person’s involvement in future violent behaviors, researchers at the University of Michigan have found. Researchers from the Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center and the U-M Injury Center

I told my doctors my drug history. They still gave me opioids without counseling.

It was roughly halfway into a Saturday evening flight from Miami to Boston when I began to wonder if I was going to survive the night. What had started as a sharp pain on the right side of my abdomen

HIPAA Privacy Regulations Didn’t Need to Be Waived After Orlando. Here’s Why They Were Anyway | WIRED

IN THE EARLY hours of Sunday morning, dozens of people shot at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub—wounded, dying, dead—began streaming into Orlando Regional Medical Center. The situation was chaotic and confusing enough that the federal government took an unusual step: waiving a

Counterfeit Prescription Painkillers For Sale In California Result In Emergency Room Admissions

It’s a case of mistaken identity that’s landing people in the emergency room. According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released this Tuesday, at least seven San Francisco Bay Area residents have sought medical

More Kids Being Poisoned by Detergent Pods: Study

A growing number of small children are getting their hands and mouths on colorful detergent pods, with serious and sometimes fatal consequences, a new study finds. Among more than 62,000 calls made to emergency departments for poisoning from any kind

Phoenix VA Health Care Postpones Surgeries For the Rest of the Week

The Phoenix VA Health Care System has postponed surgeries for the rest of the week due to a mechanical issue in the operating rooms.Crews are working to fix a problem with the ventilation system, said VA spokesperson Jean Schaefer. Engineers need 2 to

Why People Visit the Emergency Room | FlowingData

When you think about what it’s like to work in a hospital’s emergency room, what comes to mind? For me, I used to imagine something that resembles ER, the medical drama series from the late 1990s full of actual emergencies.