Mon December 17, 2012

A 'Silent Epidemic,' Coloradans Increasingly Taking Their Toothaches To The ER

Hillers works on a decayed molar of patient Vesha Gilbert at Denver Health’s Webb Clinic
Laressa Watlington Colorado Public News

Nineteen-year-old Vesha Gilbert’s toothache had become so unbearable, she ended up where no one wants to be: Sitting in a dentist’s chair, cringing at the thought of having her decayed back molar pulled.

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Wed December 5, 2012
Shots - Health News

Medical Residents Work Long Hours Despite Rules

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 8:05 am

To reduce errors by doctors in training, medical educators have capped how long they can work. But enforcing the limits can be a challenge.

More than 10 years after she was a internal medicine resident, Dr. Vineet Arora still thinks about how her shifts used to end.

She says the best shift change was one that didn't require her to transfer single patient to the next bunch of residents. "A good sign out was 'nothing to do,' " she recalls. "When I trained, you worked here until your work was done."

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Wed November 28, 2012

Safety Grades Rise For Colorado Hospitals: One-third Garner 'A's; None Fail

Denver Health Medical Center in Denver, one of the hospitals that improved their grade
Jeffrey Beall Creative Commons


Tue October 30, 2012
Shots - Health News

Superstorm Sandy Takes Toll On New York Hospitals

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 12:41 pm

Ambulances line up outside New York University Langone Medical Center to evacuate patients after backup generators failed when Sandy knocked out power in Lower Manhattan Monday.
John Minchillo AP

When a storm hits, people count on the local hospital to be ready — no matter what.

But when Sandy slammed into New York City, one of Manhattan's biggest hospitals buckled. After the power went out in Lower Manhattan, New York University Langone Medical Center's backup power generators failed, too.

That led to the evacuation of more than 200 patients to other hospitals, including Mount Sinai Medical Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Patients were still being moved Tuesday morning, the Huffington Post reported.

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Wed October 24, 2012

44% Of Coloradans Use ER For Non-Emergencies

Stephen Swofford

A survey of 10,000 Coloradans has found that 44 percent of visits to the emergency room are for ailments that could be treated by a regular doctor.

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