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Amid blackouts, California hospitals face wrenching choices: Power their EHRs? Refrigerate vaccines? Keep the lights on?

October 30, 2019

As wildfires rage in California, utility plants are taking precautionary measures and scheduling planned power outages that force many medical providers to make difficult decisions, revealing shortcomings in U.S. hospitals' emergency response.

What happens when a passenger dies midflight?

October 28, 2019

It is rare for airplane passengers to experience a fatal medial emergency midflight, but that is what happened on board medical journalist Kate Johnson's flight, and Johnson in the New York Times' "Well" recalls the harrowing effort by medical professionals on the plane to revive the passenger—and the crew's "calm" response.

Stranded at 30,000 feet with no lifesaving drugs: US drug shortage hits the skies

October 8, 2019

The Federal Aviation Administration requires airlines to carry certain lifesaving drugs onboard every flight but, in recent years, a growing number of airlines have received exemptions for planes to fly without all the drugs because of shortages.

Hurricane Dorian could hit the US today. Here's how hospitals are preparing.

September 3, 2019

As Hurricane Dorian approaches the United States, hospitals up the Atlantic coast are preparing for the powerful storm.

Are we nearing an Ebola cure? 2 new treatments dramatically improve survival.

August 14, 2019

Health officials on Monday announced that two experimental treatments appear to have improved the survival rates of patients infected with the Ebola virus, and the treatments now will be offered to all patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo who have contracted the virus.

‘Heroics in the face of violence’: Inside University Medical Center of El Paso after the mass shooting

August 13, 2019

For staff at University Medical Center of El Paso, the hours after the recent mass shooting in their city were a time of "heroics in the face of violence," according to the New York Times, which recounts the team's efforts to save 14 victims who had been gunned down at a Walmart.

Weekly Line: There's finally an Ebola vaccine. So why isn't it stopping the latest outbreak?

August 9, 2019

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has officially entered its second year, and much to public health workers' dismay, it's not slowing down.

Trump signs bill providing $10B in compensation for 9/11 first responders

August 6, 2019

President Trump last week signed into law a bill that will extend aid to first responders of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks through 2092.

How hospitals responded to the mass shootings in El Paso, Dayton

August 5, 2019

Providers at hospitals in Texas and Ohio rushed to treat victims of two mass shootings over the weekend—one in El Paso that left 20 dead and 26 injured, and one in Dayton that left nine dead and at least 27 injured.

Are US hospitals prepared for wildfires?

June 25, 2019

U.S. hospital infrastructure is underprepared for mass casualty burn events, which might become more common as destructive wildfires grow in frequency, experts say.

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