Around the nation: This hospital room is designed to cause seizures—on purpose

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  • Arizona: Banner Health's Whole Health Clinic in Tucson puts primary care physicians and behavioral health providers under one roof. The location is staffed by clinical psychologists, therapists, and other behavioral health staff, along with family physicians and nurses. "An individual can come here and receive psychiatric assessment, come for therapy and groups, as well as come when they have a sore throat or need an immunization," says clinic director Patricia Harrison-Monroe (Zimmerman, Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality, 3/14; Innes, Daily Star, 3/13).

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  •  California: 1,200 RNs at Kaiser Permanente's Los Angeles Medical Center (LAMC) began a planned seven-day strike on Tuesday. As part of their first contract as California Nurses Association members, the RNs are asking LAMC to increase staffing and make "economic improvements" to help retain and recruit nurses, according to a release. Karen Chan, director of CNA's Kaiser division, says the nurses are also asking community members to sign a petition opposing Kaiser's decision to open an independent medical school in Pasadena. In a statement, Kaiser says the strike is a "disappointing tactic to try to influence the bargaining of a first-time contract." Kaiser adds that it is "committed to preserving and strengthening the excellent relationships we have with our unions" and "believe[s] that contract negotiations should take place directly at the bargaining table and not on the street (KPCC, 3/14; Lloyd, City News Service/NBC Southern California, 3/15; Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 3/15; AP/Washington Times, 3/15).

  • Michigan: Spectrum Health Innovations is partnering with students from the Kendall College of Art and Design to redesign hospital rooms at Spectrum's Epilepsy Monitoring Unit in order to induce seizures, which doctors need to observe to gather information. Typically, epilepsy patients are mostly confined to their beds during their hospital stay, and it can take days to trigger a seizure without movement or environmental factors. The students are designing a room that's safe for patients while also allowing movement, light, and other stimuli that could trigger seizures (Jarrett, WOOD –TV , 3/15).

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