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September 20, 2006 | Sam Quinones, Times Staff Writer
Centinela Freeman HealthSystem announced Tuesday that it will close the emergency room at Memorial hospital in Inglewood, a move that critics warn would further strain Los Angeles County's frail emergency care system. Beginning in November, patients would be shifted to the facility's sister campus, Centinela hospital, about 1 1/2 miles away, as part of a consolidation plan aimed at reducing costs.
August 20, 2006 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
The top administrator at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center said Saturday that if the public hospital passes a recent make-or-break federal inspection, it will seek to regain accreditation and consider reinstituting cut services, including trauma care. "Once we achieve accreditation, we want to restore as many services as possible," said Antionette Smith Epps, who has been the hospital's chief executive since October.
August 7, 2006 | From Times wire reports
About two-thirds of cardiac-arrest patients taken to hospitals by emergency medical technicians die anyway, and probably most could be declared dead at the scene, researchers said.
June 19, 2006 | From Times wire reports
Heart attack victims who were resuscitated by manual chest compressions fared better than those revived with a mechanical chest compression device, a study said Tuesday. Although between 28% and 30% of heart attack victims suffering cardiac arrest survived for at least four hours whether their hearts were restarted mechanically or manually, longer term survival rates and brain functioning were higher among those revived manually, the study found.
June 15, 2006 | From Reuters
U.S. emergency rooms are understaffed, overwhelmed and unable to cope with a crisis, whether a pandemic, attack or natural disaster, according to reports released Wednesday. Americans rely heavily on emergency departments and emergency medical services to save their lives when sudden illness or disaster strikes, yet these services are not properly funded and often do not live up to expectations, the reports from the independent Institute of Medicine found.
May 27, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that problems with drugs for attention deficit disorders drive nearly 3,100 people to emergency rooms each year. Nearly two-thirds -- overdoses and accidental use -- could be prevented by parents locking the pills away, the researchers reported in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine.
January 6, 2006 | Wendy Thermos, Times Staff Writer
Prolonged tailgate partying at the Rose Bowl game led to a higher number of arrests and medical calls than in past years, Pasadena authorities said Thursday. More than 200 paramedic requests were logged before or during Wednesday's game. Police made 36 arrests, primarily for public drunkenness. "Typically we have a parade and then the game," said Lisa Derderian, spokeswoman for the Pasadena Fire Department, referring to the traditional New Year's Day pairing of the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl.
December 2, 2005 | Ellen Barry, Times Staff Writer
Tami McMahon, a nurse, wept on her way back to Seattle. She was thinking about the place she left behind: the splintered neighborhood of east Biloxi, where she volunteered at a free medical clinic after Hurricane Katrina. McMahon, 33, was going home because state health officials said the emergency clinic was no longer necessary. Local doctors were eager to channel patients back to their practices, and hospitals were up and running. McMahon didn't see it that way.
October 16, 2005 | Steve Lopez
The call comes in at 11:18 in the morning. Possible overdose on skid row, just half a block from one of the busiest firehouses in the United States. Firefighter-paramedic Dave Chavez, 42, grabs a blank incident report and marches toward his Rescue 9 ambulance with partner Juan Penuelas. At 11:20, they pull out of the station, and Chavez is taking in the devastation on San Julian Street in downtown Los Angeles.
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