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For some hospice patients, a 911 call saves a trip to the ER

For some hospice patients, a 911 call saves a trip to the ER

By Charlotte Huff Kaiser Health News FORT WORTH, Texas — Her mother’s breathing had become labored in the wee hours of the night, during what would prove to be the Fort Worth woman’s final days living with lung cancer. Distraught, the daughter called 911. “Her mother was having some pretty severe shortness of breath,” said […]

February 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
How long patients stay on opioids may depend on the doctor you see in the E.R.

How long patients stay on opioids may depend on the doctor you see in the E.R.

By Jenny Gold Kaiser Health News Which doctor a person happens to see at a local emergency room can have long-term consequences when it comes to opioid use. Within the same hospital, some doctors are three times more likely to prescribe an opioid than other doctors, and patients treated by high-prescribing doctors are more likely […]

February 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Heartburn or Heart Attack?

Heartburn or Heart Attack?

  Pay attention to symptoms, seek help immediately if condition warrants By Gordon L. Kritzer, MD, FACC Cardiologists, Virginia Mason Hospital and Seattle Medical Center Since large meals are often part of holiday celebrations, it is easy to over eat when celebrating Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day and other special occasions. If, after eating a big […]

February 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Bike medics bring speedy emergency care to patients

Bike medics bring speedy emergency care to patients

By Jenni Bergal Stateline When actress Carrie Fisher suffered cardiac arrest near the end of a flight to Los Angeles just before Christmas, some of the first emergency medical crews to arrive on the scene were on two wheels: medics on bicycles who helped resuscitate the “Star Wars” star. The Los Angeles Fire Department’s Bicycle Medic […]

January 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
For minor illnesses or injuries, where is the best place to seek care?

For minor illnesses or injuries, where is the best place to seek care?

For Minor Illnesses and Injuries, Several Options Offer Quicker, More Affordable Alternative to Emergency Rooms By Dr. Richard Smith, Medical Director, Intermountain Region, Humana When you are sick or injured, it is essential for you to get the care you need. Connecting with your primary care physician is typically the best first step. However, if that […]

December 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
After-hours ER care may come with a doctor’s surcharge

After-hours ER care may come with a doctor’s surcharge

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News If an emergency department is open 24 hours a day, why would patients be charged extra for coming in “after hours”? Good question, say experts who help patients decipher and dispute their medical bills. “After-hours surcharges,” as they’re sometimes called, should be included in the regular fees charged by […]

December 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
Lax ambulance rules put paramedics and patients at risk

Lax ambulance rules put paramedics and patients at risk

By Jenni Bergal Stateline When an ambulance driver using her phone’s GPS got distracted and crashed through a guardrail, rolling off an embankment in north-central Ohio in August 2014, the consequences were dire: A 56-year-old patient was ejected and killed, and an EMS worker was injured. The emergency medical service worker was not strapped in, […]

November 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
Clinics help keep people with serious mental illness out of ER

Clinics help keep people with serious mental illness out of ER

By Liz Szabo Kaiser Health News SAN ANTONIO— Yolanda Solar has battled a life-threatening disease for more than three decades. The disease nearly killed her last summer, and Solar, a 73-year-old grandmother, was rushed to the hospital by ambulance. When Solar was discharged one week later, she received bad news: She would have to wait […]

November 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Retail clinics don’t drive down ER visits, study

Retail clinics don’t drive down ER visits, study

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Even if there’s a retail health clinic less than a 10-minute drive away, consumers are just as likely to go to the emergency department for low-level problems like bronchitis or urinary tract infections, a recent study found. “Our results aren’t necessarily the wooden stake in the heart of retail […]

November 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
A fractured system: where do you go when you need urgent health care?

A fractured system: where do you go when you need urgent health care?

By Keith E. Kocher and John Z. Ayanian University of Michigan Consider the last time you, a family member, or a friend encountered an unexpected health concern. Did you twist your ankle and weren’t sure if it was broken? Did you develop discomfort in your chest and weren’t sure if it was indigestion or a heart attack? […]

October 31, 2016 | By | Reply More