Emergency

Colorado Doctors of Optometry Announce Public Health Initiative to Keep Eye Emergencies Out of Emergency Rooms This Winter – Press Release

DENVER, Colo., Oct 14, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Doctors of optometry across Colorado, 2020 Eyes Colorado, and the Colorado Optometric Association (COA) have launched an October awareness initiative to educate Coloradans on Eye Emergencies: Where to Go and What to Do. This health information is currently important for Colorado communities and populations vulnerable to COVID-19 as the state approaches a possible surge in COVID-19 cases during winter.

The HPI analysis of Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) data shows that eye emergencies make up 1% of emergency room cases and of those reported cases 98.9% could have been handled by a local optometrist in clinic or via telehealth (*note 1). Many practices offer after hours care to address eye care emergencies making it even easier for patients to avoid emergency rooms.

COA Board President, Dr. Tom Cruse says, “During the March/April shutdown our doctors of optometry were able to stop

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Dentist Campbelltown, A Plus Dental Offers Preventative, General, Cosmetic, Restorative and Dental Emergency Services – Press Release

Campbelltown, NSW – Residents in and around Campbelltown, NSW who are interested in 5-star and premium dental care and treatment solutions can now save more money by remaining in the area and choosing A Plus Dental, a top dental facility in the area. The dental team at A Plus Dental focuses on delivering the very best dental solution and dental experience to all patients. By using the latest dental technologies, the best dental specialists, and creating a welcoming environment for patients, A Plus Dental has been able to achieve this goal.

Focused on creating the very best dental experience for all patients, A Plus Dental is proud to announce that the clinic now offers general, cosmetic, restorative, and emergency dental services.

Making the announcement, the top dentist Campbelltown at the clinic said: “At A Plus Dental, we strive to provide all patients with caring and gentle treatments in a relaxed

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Community crisis mental health programs help keep people out of emergency rooms

SPRINGFIELD — Community crisis service programs can often help individuals struggling with a psychiatric emergency if no medical issue is involved.

“The Executive Office of Health and Human Services is working with providers like BHN to develop more community support and programs so fewer people will need inpatient level of care,” said Steve Winn, president and CEO of Behavioral Health Network.

That’s a priority at a time when many patients are forced to wait hours or days in a hospital emergency room before being admitted for inpatient psychiatric care. The phenomenon is called ER boarding, and health care professionals say it has gotten worse during the coronavirus pandemic and with the loss of psychiatric care beds in the region.

Winn said Behavioral Health Network recently opened a nine-bed “enhanced crisis stabilization unit” in Springfield.

“This helps keep people out of the ER or take people out of the ER who,

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Top Certified Emergency Nurse Shares Insights on Pandemic, Professional Development

BCEN’s 2020 Distinguished CEN Award winner Jude Lark discusses how certified nurses have innovated during the pandemic and how hospital and nurse leaders can help them succeed.

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged healthcare workers these past months like no other time in recent history but certified emergency nurses (CENs) rose to the occasion, according to Jude Lark, BSN, RN, CEN, CCRN, emergency services clinical nurse educator at Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center in Summit, New Jersey.

“I believe our certified nurses came through strong. They utilized their knowledge of best practices and skills to help us facilitate and drive new, innovative ways to care for our COVID patients and each other,” says Lark, who was recently named the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing’s (BCEN) 2020 Distinguished CEN Award winner.

Due to their nature, CENs have a higher level of competency and knowledge, Lark says, and they have

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Overnight Health Care: Regeneron asks for emergency authorization of coronavirus treatment Trump received | McConnell says he hasn’t visited White House in two months due to coronavirus

Welcome to Thursday’s Overnight Health Care.



Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: Overnight Health Care: Regeneron asks for emergency authorization of coronavirus treatment Trump received | McConnell says he hasn't visited White House in two months due to coronavirus | Employer-sponsored health insurance premiums rise 4 percent


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Overnight Health Care: Regeneron asks for emergency authorization of coronavirus treatment Trump received | McConnell says he hasn’t visited White House in two months due to coronavirus | Employer-sponsored health insurance premiums rise 4 percent

Regeneron filed for emergency authorization of its antibody COVID-19 treatment drug, just hours after President Trump claimed it basically cured him. Mitch McConnell hasn’t been to the White House in months, and a new analysis shows Americans’ job-based health care is continually getting more expensive.

We’ll start with Regeneron:

Regeneron asks for emergency authorization of coronavirus treatment Trump received

Biotech company Regeneron late Wednesday applied for emergency authorization for an experimental antibody treatment praised by President Trump.

“Subsequent to our discussions with regulatory authorities, we have submitted a request to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for our

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Mercy Health’s Hackley emergency room to close, become urgent care

MUSKEGON, MI — The emergency room at Muskegon’s Mercy Health Hackley campus will close and relocate as part of a consolidation of services, following the establishment of a 10-story, multimillion-dollar medical campus.



a tall building in a city: Mercy Health's new medical expansion in Muskegon pictured on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. The $291 ten-story medical center is slated to open to patients at the end of the month. Neil Blake


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Mercy Health’s new medical expansion in Muskegon pictured on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. The $291 ten-story medical center is slated to open to patients at the end of the month. Neil Blake

Beginning on Sunday, Oct. 18, patients in need of emergency care will need to go to the Mercy Campus, 1500 E. Sherman Blvd., rather than to the emergency department at the Hackley campus, located at 1700 Clinton St.

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That emergency department will be transformed into an urgent care clinic, open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Sunday through Saturday.

The move is part of a consolidation of services at Mercy Health, which began opening up portions of

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Beijing unveils new protections for health emergency whistleblowers



a man standing in front of a building: Man wearing a face mask walks past a billboard showing Beijing's city skyline at a subway station, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Beijing


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Man wearing a face mask walks past a billboard showing Beijing’s city skyline at a subway station, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Beijing

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s capital Beijing will protect whistleblowers who disclose information about public health emergencies, it said on Sunday, part of the country’s efforts to fix some of the systemic faults that hindered its initial response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Beijing city government said it would offer rewards to health workers who disclose vital information about any imminent health emergency, and will also ensure their safety and legal rights are protected.

Workers could in urgent situations skip the chain of command and report health risks directly to the local government, it said, and as long as their intent was not “malicious”, they would not face punishment if information turned out to be false.

Beijing also said it would strengthen its

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Beijing unveils new protections for health emergency …

SHANGHAI, Sept 28 (Reuters) – China’s capital Beijing will protect whistleblowers who disclose information about public health emergencies, it said on Sunday, part of the country’s efforts to fix some of the systemic faults that hindered its initial response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Beijing city government said it would offer rewards to health workers who disclose vital information about any imminent health emergency, and will also ensure their safety and legal rights are protected.

Workers could in urgent situations skip the chain of command and report health risks directly to the local government, it said, and as long as their intent was not “malicious”, they would not face punishment if information turned out to be false.

Beijing also said it would strengthen its monitoring network, set up specialist infectious disease hospitals and establish “sentries” at the community level to keep watch for symptoms like fever.

The central Chinese city

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New insights on pediatric mental health boarding in emergency departments

A Dartmouth-led study, published in the journal Pediatrics, offers new details about pediatric mental health boarding in emergency departments across the country, a problem that has steadily increased in the last 10 years and been made worse by a shortage of psychiatric resources.

Boarding refers to the practice of admitting children and adolescents–who are in need of inpatient mental health treatment–to emergency departments or inpatient medical units while they wait for a psychiatric bed to become available in the hospital.

Behavioral and mental health disorders are the most common and costly chronic diseases that affect children and adolescents. Approximately one in six U.S. youths has a behavioral or mental health condition, and treatment costs for these disorders are estimated to exceed $13 billion annually. Yet, 50 to 70 percent of children who have treatable behavioral and mental health conditions don’t receive

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Coronavirus live updates: Wisconsin declares public health emergency over case ‘surge’

An ABC News analysis of COVID-19 trends across all 50 U.S. states as well as Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico found there were increases in confirmed cases over the past two weeks in 33 states, the nation’s capital and the U.S. island territory in the Caribbean.

The analysis also found increases in the daily positivity rate of COVID-19 tests in 16 states and Washington, D.C., increases in COVID-19 hospitalizations in 17 states as well as in D.C. and Puerto Rico, and increases in daily COVID-19 death tolls in 15 states as well as in Puerto Rico.

The trends were all analyzed from data collected and published by the COVID Tracking Project over the past two weeks, using the linear regression trend line of the seven-day moving average.

The nationwide rise in COVID-19 cases may be correlated to several factors. Although the increase may be partially related to Labor Day festivities,

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