Daily roundup: June 11, 2013
Bite-sized hospital and health industry news
- California and Nevada: Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas will retain its accreditation for the time being, despite allegations that the state psychiatric hospital transported patients with mental illnesses to cities in California and other states. The decision was based on a routine survey conducted by the Joint Commission. However, the Commission will revisit the facility within 60 days to determine whether it will be reaccredited, state health officials announced (Reese, Sacramento Bee, 6/7).
- Kansas: A team of physicians at the University of Kansas Hospital used surgical superglue to repair an aneurysm "the size of an olive" in the brain of a three-week-old infant, the Kansas City Star reports. Fewer than 20 such procedures have been documented in medical literature, and doctors say it may be the only case where an infant's brain aneurysm was repaired with the glue (Murdock, Kansas City Star/Philadelphia Inquirer, 6/9).
- Oregon: The Oregon Senate last Thursday approved a bill aimed at making it more difficult for parents to obtain nonmedical exemptions from vaccinations for their children. The state has the highest rate in the nation of parents refusing vaccines for their kindergartners for nonmedical reasons. Public health officials warn that high numbers of exemptions could lead to a resurgence of vaccine-preventable diseases, such as whooping cough and measles (Gambino, AP/Modern Healthcare, 6/8 [subscription required]).
- Texas: A Houston oncologist has been charged with aggravated assault for allegedly poisoning a colleague's coffee with an antifreeze ingredient. The physician was dating the victim, who was hospitalized after he began experiencing central nervous system depression, cardiopulmonary complications, and renal failure. He underwent dialysis and remains in a physician's care, according to KTRK-TV (Shaw, "Good Morning America," ABC News, 6/8).
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