Latest Emergency care News

West Virginia Senate passes mandate on rape kit training

Jan. 23, 2023 16:21 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Victims of sexual assault in West Virginia may have an easier time finding health care providers to conduct forensic examinations and collect rape kits if a bill passed Monday by the state Senate becomes law. Currently, some sexual assault victims have to...

Migrant shelters try to help traumatized assault survivors

Dec. 31, 2022 10:24 AM EST

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Since he began volunteering two months ago for weekend shifts at a clinic in one of this border city's largest shelters, Dr. Brian Elmore has treated about 100 migrants for respiratory viruses and a handful of more serious emergencies. But it’s a...

Hammond hospital set to close ER after appeals court stay

Dec. 30, 2022 21:10 PM EST

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana hospital said it will close its emergency room Saturday, a day after an Indiana Court of Appeals judge issued a stay of a lower court ruling that it must operate those services for nine more months. The stay, issued Friday afternoon by...

Judge: NW Indiana hospital must keep ER open for 9 months

Dec. 26, 2022 16:06 PM EST

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana hospital that was days away from closing its emergency room has been ordered by a judge to keep those emergency services operational for another nine months. A Lake County judge granted a preliminary injunction last week that Hammond...

Gunfire outside Portland hospital shatters glass ER doors

Dec. 19, 2022 20:34 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A shooting just outside a hospital in Portland, Oregon, shattered a glass entrance door at the facility on Monday afternoon, police and the hospital said. Legacy Emanuel Medical Center’s emergency department is still open and operational despite the damage,...

Massive wave hits Durban beach in South Africa; 3 dead

Dec. 18, 2022 11:06 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s coastal city of Durban has closed its North Beach after three people died when they were hit by a large wave, emergency officials said on Sunday. The Emergency Medical Services “responded to reports of a freak wave that swept a group of...

Medical transport plane with 3 on board missing in Hawaii

Dec. 16, 2022 20:00 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A medical transport plane with three crew members on board has gone missing on a flight between Maui and the Big Island, according to a statement from the company. “Global Medical Response can confirm that one of our Hawaii Life Flight emergency fixed wing...

With NYC plan for mentally ill, hospitals face complex task

Dec. 11, 2022 08:16 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's latest plan to keep mentally ill people from languishing in public is billed as a common-sense strategy to get them help. By encouraging police officers and city medics to take more psychologically disturbed people to hospitals, even if they refuse...

UK ambulance service struggles in winter health care crisis

Dec. 01, 2022 07:13 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of patients each week are being stranded for long stretches in ambulances outside overflowing British hospitals, a growing crisis that has likely contributed to scores of deaths, health care leaders said Thursday. The U.K.'s ambulance service is seizing up...

California hospitals erect tents to cope with rise in flu

Nov. 12, 2022 12:58 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Several Southern California hospitals have begun using overflow tents outside emergency rooms to cope with a rising number of patients with flu and other respiratory illness. The San Diego-Union Tribune reported Friday that tents were put up at Scripps Memorial...