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Hospital Must Turn Away Sickest COVID Patients

'The situation is desperate' in Starr County, Texas

(Newser) - The lone hospital in one Texas county is so swamped with coronavirus patients that it will start sending home patients who are deemed to be the most likely to die, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram . The idea is to focus resources on patients who can be saved at Starr County...

14 Dead in Maternity Clinic Attack, Including 2 Newborns

Armed militants storm hospital in Dashti Barchi, Afghanistan; at least 15 injured

(Newser) - Militants stormed a maternity hospital Tuesday in the western part of Kabul, Afghanistan, setting off an hourslong shootout with police and killing 14 people, including two newborn babies, their mothers, and nurses, Afghan officials say. The AP reports that while the battle was underway, Afghan security forces struggled to evacuate...

Coronavirus Patients Don't Have to Die Alone

America's first pop-up coronavirus hospice appears in New Orleans

(Newser) - In New Orleans, a sad testament to the dying: the nation's first pop-up hospice center for hospitalized coronavirus patients. The state's biggest hospice provider, Heart of Hospice, teamed up with East Jefferson General Hospital to let loved ones be there for dying relatives, provided visitors wear protective gear....

Some Doctors Are Questioning the Use of Ventilators
Some Doctors Are
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Some Doctors Are Questioning the Use of Ventilators

But sometimes, there is no alternative

(Newser) - With hospitals around the country desperately short of ventilators as the COVID-19 crisis intensifies, some doctors are calling for a rethink of how they are used, arguing that a new disease might require a new approach. Skeptics, who note that studies show more than half of coronavirus patients placed on...

World's Largest Gothic Cathedral Becoming a Field Hospital

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine can hold at least 200

(Newser) - The so-called largest Gothic cathedral in the world is about to become a coronavirus field hospital. The dean of Manhattan's Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine said Monday that its 600-foot-long nave would be fitted with nine climate-controlled medical tents holding at least 200 beds combined (400 have...

86-Year-Old Dead in Apparent Social-Distancing Dust-Up

This may be NYC's first virus-related assault case

(Newser) - Tensions are high in New York, considered the epicenter of the US coronavirus outbreak , and now the NYPD is looking into what the New York Daily News says may be the city's first social-distancing-related homicide. Cassandra Lundy, a 32-year-old seizure patient at Brooklyn's Woodhull hospital, allegedly hit 86-year-old...

He Wanted Nurses' Attention, Got Cops' Attention, Too

Police say John King wanted his clothes, set fire to his hospital bed

(Newser) - John King really, really wanted his clothes. Police say the Florida man had been admitted to a New Smyrna Beach hospital for respiratory failure Saturday and felt like the nurses were ignoring his request for his clothing, so he set his hospital bed on fire to get their attention. They...

Docs Sent Shooting Victim Home With a Band-Aid; Days Later, a Bullet

'She was having these terrible headaches and she felt something moving in her head'

(Newser) - A Miami woman wounded in a drive-by shooting was sent home from a hospital with a Band-Aid and antibiotics days before she was found to have a bullet lodged in her head, according to family. Shakena Jefferson was among three gay victims of the Feb. 11 shooting, which police are...

What It Looks Like to Build a Hospital in Just 10 Days

7K pairs of hands were involved

(Newser) - How do you manage to build a 645,000-square-foot hospital in just 10 days? According to some of the 7,000 laborers who accomplished the feat, you don't sleep. Chinese state media have said a new 1,000-bed hospital began taking in coronavirus patients just outside Wuhan on Monday,...

Police: 5 Newborns Poisoned in Same Ward

German authorities are poised to charge nurse with attempted manslaughter

(Newser) - Doctors were stumped when five babies struggled to breathe at a German hospital. Then came urine tests, a police probe, and a painful find: breast milk mixed with morphine in a syringe in a nurse's locker at the University Hospital of Ulm. Now the nurse has been arrested and...

After 'Tragedy of Errors,' Woman Awarded Millions

Carolyn Boerste had to have leg amputated after nurses left sponge in her

(Newser) - A woman whose leg was amputated six years after undergoing heart surgery was awarded $10.5 million by a jury last month, after what her lawyers say was a "tragedy of errors" by multiple medical personnel. "Everything has changed," Carolyn Boerste says, per WAVE , which along with...

What Mom Injected Into Son's IV Gets Her 7 Years

Tiffany Alberts, 44, was caught on a hospital camera

(Newser) - An Indiana mother who confessed to injecting fecal matter into her son's IV is going to prison, the Indianapolis Star reports. Tiffany Alberts, 44, got seven years behind bars and five years' probation on charges of aggravated battery and neglect, but beat an attempted murder rap. Back in 2016,...

2 Patients, One Kidney, a 'Rare' Mistake

New Jersey hospital calls erroneous transplant an 'unprecedented event'

(Newser) - A New Jersey hospital is offering a mea culpa for an "unprecedented event" and vowing to put measures into places so something similar never happens again. Per NJ Advance Media , Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden acknowledged this week that a 51-year-old patient on the transplant list...

Distraught Parents Sue Hospital Over Baby's Death

Abel Cepeda died at just 6 days old, parents say his death could have been prevented

(Newser) - Two babies had already died of a bacterial infection at Pennsylvania's Geisinger Medical Center before Abel Cepeda was born—and yet, his parents say in a lawsuit against the hospital, precautions that could have saved their baby's life were not taken. Instead, Abel spent his first—and last—...

Hospital Warns of Waterborne Bacteria After 3 Infants Die

5 babies have recovered or are recovering at Pennsylvania's Geisinger Medical Center

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania hospital is turning away premature babies after three contracted pseudomonas infection and died. Eight premature babies, all born at less than 27 weeks of gestation, fell ill at Danville's Geisinger Medical Center as a result of the waterborne bacteria discovered in July, reports CNN . Four were "...

Reporter Who Covered Fundraising Star? Out of a Job

Aaron Calvin is 'no longer' with the Des Moines Register, editor writes

(Newser) - A Des Moines Register reporter who exposed a viral star's old, racist tweets—but who turned out to have ugly tweets of his own—will need to find a new job, KCCI reports. Details are unclear, but the paper's editor writes that he is "no longer with...

Overwhelmed Chicago Hospital Has to Turn Away Gun Victims

Mount Sinai had so many trauma patients it was forced to temporarily turn away new ones

(Newser) - In a weekend marred by mass shootings in Texas and Ohio , Chicago registered its own weekend of gun-violence chaos, with more than four dozen people gunned down, at least seven fatally, in various shootings around the city, WLS reports. The carnage was so bad in the Windy City, in fact,...

Neil Armstrong's Death Holds a Darker Backstory

Family settled with hospital where he died in 2012 for $6M over alleged wrongful death

(Newser) - Neil Armstrong's family received $6 million to settle a wrongful death claim after experts said the astronaut's Aug. 25, 2012 death may have been preventable. The news is only now being reported by the New York Times , which received documents relating to the settlement from an anonymous sender,...

Mother Is 'Traumatized' by Treatment After Misdiagnosis

Sarah Boyle, 28, was told she had breast cancer

(Newser) - A British mother has gone to medical-treatment hell and back after being misdiagnosed with breast cancer, the BBC reports. Sarah Boyle, 28, was needlessly given chemotherapy and a double mastectomy. "Being told I had cancer was awful, but then to go through all of the treatment and surgery to...

'Extremely Emotional' Tribute for Nurse Who Gave Her All

More than 100 co-workers lined hospital hall to honor late Mary Desin before organ transplant

(Newser) - If you happened to be at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Hamot hospital on Friday, you may have stumbled across what a nurse's son described as an "extremely emotional" scene in one of the hallways. That nurse, per ABC News , was Mary Desin, an employee of...

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