Latest Emergency care News

Ambulances wait hours with patients at California hospitals

Jan. 19, 2022 18:21 PM EST

Emergency health workers in California Wednesday blasted hours-long waits to transfer patients from ambulances to hospital emergency rooms in what they said were chronic delays worsened by the nearly two-year coronavirus pandemic. During a legislative hearing, first responders said...

Helena emergency medical teams revive 9 people who overdosed

Jan. 19, 2022 16:47 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Emergency medical providers in Helena have successfully treated at least nine people facing life-threatening drug overdoses in a 48-hour period, Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton said Wednesday. Hospital officials said it appears people are buying...

What the No Surprises Act means for your medical bills

Jan. 19, 2022 07:34 AM EST

More Americans worry about unexpected medical bills than any other expense, according to polls by the Kaiser Family Foundation in 2018 and 2020. Unfortunately, those bills aren’t rare: 18% of emergency visits and 16% of in-network hospital stays had at least one out-of-network...

Alaska ER doctor’s paintings follow passage of pandemic

Jan. 17, 2022 13:05 PM EST

HOMER, Alaska (AP) — First Friday art talks usually become passive affairs, with artists discussing their works as visitors politely watch and listen. At the Jan. 7 opening of “The Mind of a Healthcare Worker During the COVID-19 Pandemic” at the Homer Council on the Arts, artist and emergency...

Californians asked not to use strained ERs for virus testing

Jan. 14, 2022 19:58 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With California bracing for an unprecedented number of hospitalizations amid a staggering surge in coronavirus infections, health officials pleaded with residents Friday to reserve emergency rooms for true emergencies and not run to them in a search for scarce virus tests. ...

Gov. Baker issues new orders to ease pressure on hospitals

Jan. 14, 2022 17:34 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Curtailing unnecessary emergency department visits and letting qualified physician assistants practice independently are some of the new steps announced Friday by Gov. Charlie Baker to help make sure hospitals can serve those in need of acute care in the face of continuing staffing...

Staff absences plague schools, health care amid COVID surge

Jan. 10, 2022 14:44 PM EST

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Employee absences fueled by a surge in COVID-19 cases are straining Kansas hospitals, schools and emergency services and raising questions about whether some court trials might need to be delayed. When students returned from break last week in the Wichita...

Colorado enacts crisis care standards for ambulances

Jan. 10, 2022 14:02 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — For the second time during the COVID-19 pandemic, Colorado has implemented guidelines to try to ensure that ambulances are only used to take the most sick or injured patients to hospitals. Colorado re-enacted the crisis standards of care for emergency medical...

New Mexico hospitals warn of wait times for the less sick

Jan. 10, 2022 13:14 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials with two of New Mexico's largest health care providers issued a warning Monday: People showing up at hospital emergency rooms with minor or mild complaints should be ready for long waits. The officials with University of New Mexico Hospital and...

Minnesota virus positivity rate reaches 15.6% in new record

Jan. 07, 2022 18:39 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota’s COVID-19 positivity rate over the past seven days reached 15.6% on Friday, in an indication of the rapid spread of the omicron variant across the state. State health officials have said they expect a new surge of case growth for at least the next...