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In a sign that the American cocaine epidemic may have peaked, the nation's highest-ranking health official announced Monday that the number of cocaine-related cases reaching hospital emergency rooms has declined sharply for the first time in a decade. The plunge of 22%, recorded by the federal Drug Abuse Warning Network, provides the strongest indication to date that even heavy users of cocaine may be turning away from the drug in significant numbers.
January 18, 1989 | CLAIRE SPIEGEL, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County's emergency medical network has been repeatedly pushed to its limit this month, with more than a dozen area hospitals simultaneously closing their emergency rooms and trauma centers to rescue ambulances on four separate occasions. The most recent widespread shutdown occurred Monday evening when 13 hospitals in Central and South-Central Los Angeles closed their emergency rooms for about four hours, county officials said.
June 9, 1998
Nancy K. Graham, 65, pioneering social worker who dealt with psychological trauma in hospital emergency rooms. Born in Chicago, she was educated at Stanford and Northwestern universities. After raising her family, Graham earned a master's degree in social science at Azusa Pacific College and was a volunteer at Los Angeles' Suicide Prevention Center.
March 26, 1989 | MICHELLE LOCKE, Associated Press Writer
It's 8 o'clock on a holiday evening and about a dozen people wait in the lobby of Boston City Hospital's emergency room, some slumped in the vinyl-covered chairs, some pacing fretfully. Behind the swinging doors, emergency chief Dr. Peter Moyer is called to the puzzling case of a car accident victim who has only slight injuries but slips so deeply into unconsciousness he can barely be roused by two physicians. "Have you taken any drugs?" doctors ask. "Cocaine, heroin, marijuana?"
January 17, 1989 | KATHLEEN DOHENY
It's called "Super Bowl syndrome." And, not coincidentally, emergency room physicians expect the next onslaught late Sunday afternoon, about the time the Bengals and 49ers conclude their game. Fearing that hospital emergency rooms may not have a television--or that it might not be tuned to the all-important game--some rabid football fans delay seeking medical attention for colds, flu and even chest pain, until the post-game wrap-up, doctors say. As a result, the number of patients at St.
Twenty-one hospitals in Los Angeles County, plagued by a shortage of neurosurgeons, are systematically shutting their doors to ambulances carrying patients with head injuries and other neurosurgical emergencies, county health officials have disclosed. The closures in turn have overloaded emergency rooms at other hospitals, where some administrators are so incensed that they, too, are threatening to close.
April 5, 2012 | By Lisa Zamosky, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Our 7-year-old daughter awoke screaming and could not be comforted or touched. We took her to the emergency room. Now our insurance company is denying the visit, saying that it wasn't medically necessary for her to be seen in the ER. Yet the emergency room physician considered a spinal tap to rule out meningitis. How could this visit not be necessary? The situation you describe certainly seems to qualify as an emergency, and you should fight to have your insurer pay for your daughter's ER visit.
June 18, 2012 | By Noam N. Levey, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Trauma surgeons at MedStar Washington Hospital Center didn't know the name of the young man wheeled into the trauma center, unconscious and bleeding from his face and head after being hit by a car. Nor did they know he lacked insurance. But as they worked to save his life, doctors and nurses at the capital's largest hospital ran a dizzying battery of lab tests and high-tech scans. Surgeons operated repeatedly, at one point removing a portion of his skull to relieve pressure on the brain.
January 27, 1995
A Santa Monica hospital emergency room was evacuated Thursday after a patient and three hospital staff members complained of respiratory difficulties apparently brought on by unidentified chemicals on the patient's clothing. Two registration clerks and a medical technician at St. Johns Hospital & Health Center began coughing after assisting a patient who said he had chemicals on the jacket he was wearing, a hospital official said. Julius Norman had arrived at the St.
February 12, 1989 | SIOK-HIAN TAY KELLEY, Times Staff Writer
Santa Teresita Hospital officials say they will close their emergency room March 1 unless the county approves a request to add 23 beds to the hospital's nursing home. Additional revenue from the beds would help subsidize the financially ailing emergency facility, which serves 1,000 patients a month from eight cities, hospital officials said. The beds are not being used in the hospital because of a lack of staffing.
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