July 4, 2015 |
Two weeks before New Jersey legislators, without debate, voted overwhelmingly to have Cooper University Hospital take over paramedic services in Camden, a state panel of emergency medicine professionals recommended against the move. Two panel members say they and others objected to the plan because it never went through the normal state Department of Health process to vet such a major change. The Virtua health-care system, a competitor of Cooper, has had the job for 38 years. A dozen other members of the New Jersey EMS Council declined to comment, did not return reporters' calls or e-mails, or said they were not present for the vote at the group's quarterly meeting June 10. The advisory group, which includes physicians, emergency officials, and other experts, reports to the Department of Health.
March 6, 2015 |
Hundreds of Thursday flights were canceled and towns declared emergencies in advance of snowfall likely to be the signature event of a tenacious late-winter spell that has iced the region with record cold and nuisance storms. "It's been horrendous," Steve Lorenz, the Philadelphia Streets Department chief engineer, said Wednesday as he was preparing his crews to do battle yet again, this time with up to eight inches of snow possible by day's end. "In the last month, it feels like it's every other day," he said, adding that winter was making him a stranger in his household.
March 18, 2014
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts , Philadelphia, named Chris Bruner chairman of the board. He is managing partner of EY Philadelphia (formerly Ernst & Young Philadelphia) and succeeds Justin P. Klein, partner and practice leader of the securities group at Ballard Spahr L.L.P. Joanne Murray has been named vice president and president-elect of the Bucks Country Bar Association . She is an attorney at Antheil Maslow & Macminn L.L.P., Doylestown. CeaseFirePA , a Philadelphia gun-violence prevention organization, elected the following board members: Nick Certo , senior vice president, university and workplace banking, at PNC; Shawn Kraemer, a community volunteer; Phil Goldsmith , former city managing director, Philadelphia school board member and former CeaseFirePA board president; Jim Sayne , a retired senior systems architect at Unisys Corp.; Greg Davis , vice president at NFP Lincoln Benefits Group; Harriet Weiss, CEO of CRW Graphics, and Rick Bowes , a Philadelphia police officer.
February 26, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA - The mountainous, blackening snow piles, record power outages, winter-strafed roadbeds, and legions of defeated trees. All argue for the singular ferocity of the winter of 2013-14. Dr. Theodore A. Christopher has witnessed something else, and if the weather community isn't ready to rank this season on the severity scale, he is. "This is the worst," said Christopher, the director of emergency medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he has worked for 30 years.
January 18, 2014 |
A lot has changed since 1971, when David K. Wagner - trained as a pediatric surgeon and earning $12,000 a year on faculty plus $5.63 an hour moonlighting in the emergency room - started the nation's second training program in emergency medicine at the old Medical College of Pennsylvania. You no longer need to ring a bell for service. Or ride a hearse to the ER, as was common in rural areas. But overcrowding in what are now more professionalized emergency departments is again rampant - and growing - and health care is changing so rapidly that policies can't keep up. Emergency care in Pennsylvania is "in a near-continuous state of crisis," said Charles Barbera, an emergency doctor in Reading and president of the state chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
January 9, 2014 |
Shot on the streets of Philadelphia? You might be better off if help arrives in a patrol car than in an ambulance. From 2003 through 2007, gunshot victims taken to city trauma centers by police survived two-thirds of the time - the same rate as those taken by emergency medical squads, according to a new University of Pennsylvania study. But that was only what the raw numbers showed. Generally, shooting victims transported by police during that five-year period were more gravely wounded.
April 19, 2013 |
The bombs that made Boston look like a combat zone have also brought battlefield medicine to their civilian victims. A decade of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has sharpened skills and scalpels, leading to dramatic advances that are now being used to treat the 13 amputees and nearly a dozen other patients still fighting to keep damaged limbs. "The only field or occupation that benefits from war is medicine," said David Cifu, rehabilitation-medicine chief at the Veterans Health Administration.
April 5, 2013 |
DR. BON KU, a laid-back father of two, works the Jefferson emergency room. It's a rare night that he doesn't see a patient he saw only a few days or weeks before. That's because many of his patients live on the streets. He knows many of the city's homeless by name, many more by face and ailment. The guy on the corner, he treated for a bad cough. The guy down the street, pneumonia. Not that long ago, he noticed that another man he had treated for pneumonia had been admitted to the hospital.
January 21, 2013 |
When the patients get to Jeanmarie Perrone in the emergency room at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, they are sometimes already blue. Sometimes alive, but sometimes blue. Lack of oxygen will do that to a body. Overdoses of prescription opioid painkillers can cause depressed breathing, a lack of oxygen moving through the body, and then death. America has a continuing epidemic of such overdoses, with more than 15,000 deaths per year, government agencies say, more than from cocaine and heroin combined.
December 31, 2012
Male pedestrians at risk More than twice as many men as women die in pedestrian-vehicle accidents. Now researchers have partly determined why. Writing online last month in the journal Injury Prevention, investigators considered the contribution of three factors: distance walked, number of accidents, and fatalities per accident. Researchers using data from a variety of sources found that men and women walk similar distances and that men are involved in slightly more accidents per mile.