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With No Options, Suicidal Teens Sleep in Emergency Rooms

Increasing demand for inpatient services and declining capacity shut at-risk adolescents out

(Newser) - Even before the coronavirus arrived, mental health disorders were increasing among the nation's adolescents, and the options for residential treatment care were declining. The pandemic compounded the problem, the New York Times reports. "Demand went up, supply went down," says Lisette Burton of the Association of Children’...

Woman Charged $100 Per Hour for Sitting in ER Waiting Room
Hospital Bills Woman 
$700 for 7-Hour ER Wait
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Hospital Bills Woman $700 for 7-Hour ER Wait

Georgia woman Taylor Davis left without being seen

(Newser) - For $100 an hour, Georgia woman Taylor Davis could have visited an upscale spa. Instead, that was how much she was charged for sitting in an emergency room, waiting to be seen. Davis tells Fox 5 that she went to the ER at Emory Decatur Hospital in July with a...

Critics Call UnitedHealthcare's New ER Policy Dangerous

Patients could be on the hook for visits later deemed to be nonemergencies

(Newser) - UnitedHealthcare says a new policy will reduce health care costs by reducing unnecessary emergency-room visits—but doctors warn there are some very obvious downsides to discouraging people from going to the ER. The policy the insurer is bringing in on July 1 will retroactively assess claims for emergency room visits,...

ER Doctor: My Honesty About COVID Got Me Fired

Cleavon Gilman tweeted about what he saw in Arizona

(Newser) - An Arizona ER doctor says he got fired after tweeting his frustration over hospital conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Guardian reports. "Just got to work and was notified there are no more ICU beds in the state of Arizona," Cleavon Gilman tweeted in November about the Yuma...

Emergency Doctor at Hospital Facing Pandemic Kills Herself

Lorna Breen had seen horrific scenes during outbreak

(Newser) - An emergency room chief physician at a New York hospital who had described coronavirus patients dying in ambulances before they could be taken inside has died by suicide. Dr. Lorna Breen, 49, died Sunday, said her father, who discussed the toll the pandemic took on his daughter. "She tried...

Fear Keeps Non-COVID-19 Patients Away From Hospitals
Virus Takes Toll
on Other Patients

Virus Takes Toll on Other Patients

Fear of the coronavirus keeps many away from emergency rooms

(Newser) - Among the medical mysteries during the pandemic is one that doesn't involve COVID-19. Hospitals and doctors are wondering where all the patients who are seriously ill from other causes have gone, the Washington Post reports. A 700-bed hospital in Charleston has room for other patients but few takers. "...

Family's Coronavirus Sacrifice Catches Obama's Eye

Emergency physician with a newborn isolates himself

(Newser) - An emergency room doctor in Atlanta has put himself in isolation—in the garage—so he can keep treating coronavirus patients without putting his wife and children at risk. That kind of selflessness sets an example for the rest of us, former President Barack Obama said. Rachel Patzer, an epidemiologist...

She Waited for 2.5 Hours in the ER. She Didn't Survive

Fed-up Tashonna Ward left ER for urgent care, but she never made it in; she died a short time later

(Newser) - When you're sick or injured, you might head to urgent care first, then to the emergency room. But for a Wisconsin woman, a trip to the emergency room for chest pains and shortness of breath led to a lengthy wait, so she left the ER to go to urgent...

Dem Lied, Said She Was ER Doc in Pulse Shooting

C. Elizabeth McCarthy drops out of Florida House race after it's revealed that she's not even a doctor

(Newser) - C. Elizabeth McCarthy wanted to win a Florida House seat, and she was willing to tell voters a whopper to do so. As the Orlando Sentinel reports, McCarthy said at various campaign events for House District 28 that she was a medical doctor working the Orlando Regional Medical Center ER...

Teen Girl's Death at ER Remains a Mystery
Teen Girl's Death at ER
Remains a Mystery
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Teen Girl's Death at ER Remains a Mystery

Chloe Ricard was dropped off at hospital, and now her family wants answers

(Newser) - By the time Chloe Ricard arrived at a Lawrence, Mass., emergency room, medical staff said there was nothing they could do. The 13-year-old from Amesbury was pronounced dead "shortly after arrival" at Lawrence General Hospital at 4:47pm Monday, according to the Essex District Attorney's Office. But what...

The Top ER Was Next Door. Her Ambulance Couldn't Go There

How the practice of diversion might have hurt Tiffany Tate

(Newser) - When David Tate got word that his sister had suffered a medical emergency at work, he rushed to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Tiffany Tate wasn't there. That didn't make sense to him, and for good reason: Tate suffered a stroke while working in the cafeteria at the...

Attorney: 'Blood on the Hands' of Cities That Allow E-Scooters

Injuries from the motorized devices now a daily problem in ERs

(Newser) - It felt like grains of salt floating around Earl Wilkinson's mouth. "In fact, they were teeth remnants"—the result of the 52-year-old's face-plant during an electric scooter crash. Wilkinson ended up in the emergency room with a broken arm in what BuzzFeed describes as a fairly...

Mother of 5 Nears Death Every Week—on Purpose

Lucia, an undocumented immigrant, has end-stage renal disease

(Newser) - Lucia nearly dies every Monday, and she does it on purpose. An undocumented immigrant, the 51-year-old isn't allowed to receive normal Medicare or Medicaid for her end-stage renal disease and waits until she's almost dead to admit herself into emergency care at Denver Health Medical Center, KDVR reports....

ER Doc Mocks Man During Anxiety Attack: 'He Must Be Dead!'

Beth Keegstra will no longer be contracted to work within the El Camino Hospital system

(Newser) - An ER doctor announcing you're one of the "least sick of all the people" sounds like good news, but in the case of Samuel Bardwell, it was a callous statement made while he was suffering a full-blown anxiety attack. Now Beth Keegstra, 57, the contracted physician who tended...

CDC Head on Opioid Report: 'This Is a Wake-Up Call'

ER overdoses up 30% across the US

(Newser) - America's opioid epidemic is getting worse, not better, according to an alarming new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Tuesday report shows opioid overdoses that led to emergency room visits across the country jumped 30% from July 2016 to September 2017. In the Midwest, overdoses...

Her Pain Drove Her to the ER. The Bill Hurt Much More

Vox looks at new policy Anthem is testing

(Newser) - Brittany Cloyd is like plenty of other 27-year-olds: married with a mortgage, student loan payments, and less than $1,000 in the bank. Which made a $12,596 hospital bill all the more distressing. Cloyd has insurance, but as Sarah Kliff explains in a larger look at the issue for...

The ER Doctors Train on Live Pigs, Then Kill Them

The University of Missouri has seen protests over its use of the animals

(Newser) - The University of Missouri says it will continue to use live pigs to train emergency room doctors, despite protests. Last week, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine organized a rally outside University Hospital to advocate ending the use of swine in physician training. The demonstration came after the university's...

ERs Are Seeing More and More 'Avocado Hands'

Home chefs may need some cutting lessons

(Newser) - Avocados are all the rage. So much so that Huffington Post recently called the opening of New York's first avocado bar "painfully trendy." Turns out avocados are also, quite literally, part of a painful trend. Emergency room doctors are reporting an increase in the number of amateur...

Risk of Opioid Addiction May Hinge on Your ER Doctor
ER Docs All Over the Map
on Doling Out Opioids
new study

ER Docs All Over the Map on Doling Out Opioids

Patients of 'high-intensity' prescribers might pay the price, says study

(Newser) - Scientists trying to better understand the nation's rising opioid addictions have uncovered an interesting wrinkle: A patient's risk of getting hooked might depend on which ER doctor they happen to get. In a New England Journal of Medicine study, researchers found that patients whose ER doctors are more...

Man's Fitbit Helps Doctors Save His Life

It revealed vital heart data at the hospital

(Newser) - It happens every day—someone going about his or her ordinary schedule has a seizure, gets looked over by a doctor, and hopefully lives to tell about it. Only in the case of a 42-year-old man who went to the emergency room at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in...

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