June 22, 2006 |
Bill Frist is the U.S. Senate majority leader, a Republican from Tennessee For more than a decade, my fellow doctors have come to me with a simple, stark message: America's hospital emergency rooms face grave problems. Last week, a report from the National Academies' Institute of Medicine (IOM) confirmed what I've long heard. More than a half-million times a year, the IOM found, an ambulance heading toward one hospital gets diverted to another because an emergency room has run out of space.
October 30, 2000 |
Emergency room physician Timothy Erickson has more to worry about these days than patients with asthma, broken bones, gunshot wounds and heart attacks. The Chicago doctor now sees occasional patients whose persistent headaches appear to be connected to too much gingko or whose rapid heart rates may be due to ephedra combined with caffeine. Once in a while, he said, the side effects of herbal remedies have been life-threatening - such as the 15-year-old girl who went into liver failure after drinking a tea made with pennyroyal.
October 12, 1986 |
From the soles of his black Reebok sneakers to the top of his fashionably cut hair, John Foster represents a new breed of doctor - the emergency medicine specialist. "Eight or nine years ago we would have had trouble staffing an emergency department with qualified people," said Franklin Kelton, chairman of the department of emergency medicine at Chester County Hospital. "Now I get several calls a week from qualified physicians. " Last Sunday, members of the community were invited to an open house to inspect Chester County Hospital's new emergency room, in the hospital's North Pavilion.
May 11, 2015 |
Three state health departments recently issued warnings about a rise in emergency room visits when people fell seriously ill after using a synthetic drug known as K2 or Spice. The substances are sold as "synthetic marijuana. " A typical urine drug screening cannot detect them. Chemically, they're called THC homologs. Poison centers across the country have been receiving more calls related to these substances. From Jan. 1 through April 29, poison centers received 2,365 calls from people seeking help for adverse reactions to these drugs.
August 11, 2014 |
Experts thought if people bought health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, they would find a private doctor and stop using hospital emergency rooms for their primary care. Well, more people have health insurance. But they are still crowding into emergency departments across the nation. An online study by the American College of Emergency Room Physicians found that nearly half of its members have seen a rise in visits since Jan. 1 when ACA coverage began. A resounding 86 percent of the physicians said they expect that number to continue growing.
December 2, 2010 |
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children unveiled its bigger, refurbished emergency room Wednesday. The $3 million project was a response to increasing demand, said Christopher Haines, director of the department of emergency medicine. "It gets us to where we can provide care much more quickly," Haines said of the expanded space. ER visits to the North Philadelphia hospital increased from about 50,000 six years ago to about 70,000 last year, Haines said. He said he did not know why demand was increasing.
September 8, 2008 |
One of the guests at a Christmas dinner Rita Celmer hosted in the 1970s was an elderly woman who often showed up in the emergency room at Metropolitan Hospital in Philadelphia. Ms. Celmer, an emergency-room nurse at Metropolitan, had gone to the woman's apartment to bring her to the party, said Liz Hammon, her partner of 32 years. "I remember," Hammon said, because it was "one of our first Christmases together. " That kind act was not out of character for Ms. Celmer, who died Aug. 12 of respiratory failure at Sacred Heart Manor in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia.
May 29, 1986 |
Police Officer Gary Wakshul was suspended from the force yesterday after he was arrested and charged with beating a prisoner in a station house and in the emergency ward of Hahnemann University Hospital. Wakshul, 30, a nine-year veteran, surrendered to police officials at the Internal Affairs Bureau, 3rd and Race streets, at 2 p.m. yesterday. He was charged with aggravated and simple assault. The officer, assigned to the 6th District, was suspended for 30 days with intent to dismiss by Police Commissioner Kevin M. Tucker.
August 6, 1986 |
A 16-year-old youth has been held for the last 18 days, much of the time restrained by straps to a stretcher, in the psychiatric emergency room of Hahnemann University Hospital because no other long-term mental-health facility would admit him. At a Family Court hearing yesterday, a spokesman for Hahnemann said the boy, whose name is being withheld by The Inquirer, would be admitted into the hospital's inpatient unit for juveniles. Since July 19, when the youth allegedly attacked three passers-by outside the hospital, at Broad and Vine Streets, he has been confined to Hahnemann's small, six-bed psychiatric emergency unit - a facility that a hospital staff psychiatrist described as inappropriate and inadequate.
May 21, 1988 |
The Pennsylvania Department of Health yesterday partially lifted its eight- day-old ban on admissions at the James C. Giuffre Medical Center, allowing surgery to resume but keeping the North Philadelphia hospital's emergency room closed. The state, however, ordered the hospital to limit its medical and surgical inpatients to 80. With its other inpatient clinics, the 228-bed hospital will be able to treat up to 160 patients, according to Giuffre officials. The easing of the ban on admissions followed six days of inspections by the state, which on May 12 shut down most of the hospital's units after citing serious lapses in the quality of patient care.