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Vaping-related lung transplant performed at Detroit hospital

Vaping-related lung transplant performed at Detroit hospital

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Doctors at a Detroit hospital have performed what could be the first double lung transplant on a man whose lungs were damaged from vapingBy COREY WILLIAMS Associated PressNovember 12, 2019, 3:19 AM3 min read Doctors at a Detroit hospital have performed what could be the first double lung transplant on a man whose lungs were damaged from vaping. No other details of the transplant were released Monday by Henry Ford Health System, which has scheduled a news conference Tuesday. The patient has asked his medical team to share photographs and an update to warn others about vaping. The team of medical experts that performed the procedure believes it is "the first double lung transplant in the world for a patient whose lungs were irreparably damaged from vaping," the health system said in a news r...
Declining death rate suggests hospital ER services improving

Declining death rate suggests hospital ER services improving

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Nov. 4 (UPI) -- The quality of care provided at U.S. hospital emergency rooms has improved significantly in recent years, but there is still work to be done. That, according to researchers from Harvard Medical School and the university's T.H. Chan School of Public Health, is the underlying message of the findings of their most recent study, published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers note in the study that the percentage of Medicare recipients who died within 30 days of receiving care at American ERs declined from 5.1 percent in 2009 to 4.6 percent in 2016, even as visits to the ER continue to rise in the country. "[Emergency medicine] is a relatively young specialty compared to others but it has become an increasingly competitive field," study co-author Laura Bur...
Allergies: Teenagers needing hospital treatment up 65% in five years

Allergies: Teenagers needing hospital treatment up 65% in five years

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The number of children who received hospital treatment for allergies has increased by 65% across England in the past five years, figures have revealed.In 2013-14, 2,873 teenagers sought treatment whereas in 2017-18 it was 4,743, data from NHS Digital shows.Allergy UK said this could be because this was the age when sufferers started taking responsibility for themselves.There have been calls for the government to introduce legislation on how schools should manage allergies.The figures from NHS Digital, released to BBC London under the Freedom of Information Act, also showed the number of children treated for anaphylactic shock increased by 41% in the past five years.For teenagers, the increase was 36% while for those aged 19 and o...
Many hospital patients get no visitors

Many hospital patients get no visitors

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Two-fifths (40%) of patients on UK hospital wards get no visitors, say the NHS nurses who care for them. The Royal Voluntary Service charity commissioned a poll of 200 nurses working in acute hospitals in Britain.As well as being socially isolating, having no visitor to help with the "small" things, such as cutting up food or refilling a water glass, can delay a patient's recovery, the nurses say. They want more people to become volunteer visitors and helpers. Christine Thorne, 37, volunteers at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary: "My dad spent time in hospital before he passed away and it was primarily only my brother and I who visited him. It makes me sad to think there are people in hospital with no-one at all to come and see them. Hospitals can be a scary ...

Seattle Children’s Hospital cited for deadly mold problems

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Seattle Children's Hospital has been cited for multiple federal safety violations related to mold that led to a patient death and five additional infections, officials said. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued a report listing more than two dozen violations of federal regulations and hospital policy, KING-TV reported Thursday. The facility detected Aspergillus mold during a routine test of operating rooms May 18, hospital officials said. The hospital disclosed the death and infections Tuesday while discussing the closure in May of operating rooms because of Aspergillus mold. Three patients were infected last year and three this year. The patient who died developed the infection in 2018, an official said. The federal violations include a failure to properly ma...