• UW Health treats victims of workplace shooting event

    Madison-based UW Health's Level 1 trauma center treated several victims of a workplace shooting incidence Sept. 19 in Middleton, Wis., according to WKOW 27.
  • Electric scooter ER visits jump 160% at Utah hospital, spiking across country

    Salt Lake City-based University of Utah Health saw a 161 percent increase in emergency room visits involving scooters this year after comparing its statistics with the same three-month period in 2017, The Washington Post reports.
  • 4 key ways hospitals brace for treating mass shooting victims

    In response to mass shootings in cities nationwide, hospital officials are conducting real-life simulations to prepare to treat victims, according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • Rural North Carolina hospital uses Walmart clinic to ease pressure on ED

    Lumberton, N.C.-based Southeastern Regional Medical Center, a 452-bed hospital in a rural county, is looking to its Walmart urgent care clinic to avoid straining emergency departments with nonemergency care, North Carolina Health News reports.
  • Maine hospitals turned mental health patients away from ER, state finds

    Central Maine Medical Center and St. Mary's Regional Medical Center, both in Lewiston, Maine, are pledging to revise policies and increase staff education after turning away mental health patients from the emergency room, which is a form of patient dumping illegal under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, The Portland Press Herald reports.
  • Active shooter simulations improve ED nurse preparedness, survey finds

    Active shooter training and simulations show promise in properly equipping emergency room nurses and other hospital staff members, survey results published in the Journal of Emergency Nursing revealed.
  • Virginia launches nation's first program to link all state ERs to electronic patient records

    Virginia is the first state to launch a program that connects each hospital's emergency department with an electronic patient records system, WRIC reports.
  • Violence in the ER: 8 ways unresolved healthcare issues harm hospital staff

    Rising healthcare bills, painkiller use and untreated mental illness are fueling violence in U.S. emergency departments, leaving physicians and nurses with troubling stories of patient aggression toward staff, Politico reports.
  • 7 statistics on fireworks-related injuries, ED visits

    As Independence Day approaches, hospitals can expect a number of patients landing in emergency departments with fireworks-related injuries. The Consumer Product Safety Commission's 2017 Fireworks Annual Report found about 12,900 injuries treated in U.S. EDs during 2017 involved fireworks.
  • Post-ACA, ED visits up 7.6% among frequent users in California

    The number of frequent emergency department users, or those who visit the ED at least four times a year, increased in California after the ACA took effect, according to a recent study published in Health Affairs.
  • 4 things to know about who pays for a hospital's ED 'after-hours' fee

    As many emergency departments operate 24/7, consumers may be surprised when an "after-hours" surcharge is added to their bill, Kaiser Health News contributor Michelle Andrews wrote in the column "Insuring Your Health."
  • 23-year-old man dies by suicide in Texas hospital ER

    Police confirmed a 23-year-old man shot himself in the head in the triage area of Abilene, Texas-based Hendrick Medical Center's emergency room May 23, according to the Abilene Reporter News.
  • 2 standout quotes on ED case management

    Sixty-five percent of hospitals have a case management program in their emergency departments, and of that percentage, nearly a quarter run their programs 24/7, according to a recent Change Healthcare survey.
  • Chicago's ER workers feel like they are in a 'war zone'

    After two women were shot while standing outside of Chicago-based Mount Sinai Hospital in early May, the Chicago Tribune spoke to several emergency room workers who compared their experiences dealing with violent patients, their families and, oftentimes, their fellow gang members to working in a "war zone."
  • World's hottest pepper lands patient in NY ER with 'thunderclap' headaches

    A 34-year-old patient arrived at Cooperstown, N.Y-based Bassett Medical Center's emergency room with a "thunderclap headache" after eating a Carolina Reaper pepper, according to an article published in BMJ Case Reports.
  • Man who allegedly masturbated in Austin ER charged with indecent exposure

    The Austin (Texas) Police Department charged a man with indecent exposure after he allegedly masturbated in the lobby of South Austin Hospital's emergency room April 7, according to WOAI.
  • Texas hospital closes ED to reduce expenses

    Huntsville (Texas) Memorial Hospital shuttered its emergency department in Madisonville, Texas, April 9, citing a need to consolidate services to reduce expenses, according to The Madisonville Meteor.
  • Man arrested after flooding Logan Regional Medical Center ER

    The emergency room at Logan (W.Va.) Regional Medical Center was flooded with two to three inches of water March 21 after an "irate" patient pulled a fire alarm, which triggered the hospital's sprinkler system, according to a WSAZ report.
  • Massachusetts Hospital Association, MACEP team up to alert hospitals of repeat ER patients

    The Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians launched a pilot program with the Massachusetts Hospital Association to alert state hospitals of patients who are frequently in and out of different emergency room, which could better coordinate care for high-risk patients, according to a WBUR report.
  • Naked man arrested after entering Phoenix pediatric ER

    Hospital security staff at Phoenix-based Maricopa Medical Center struggled to remove a naked man who walked into the hospital's pediatric emergency room March 8, according to a KNXV report.

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