September 25, 2017

Around the nation: Lead-tainted water in Flint linked to higher fetal death rates, lower fertility rate

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    • Georgia: Piedmont Healthcare Rockdale Medical Center has named Richard Tanzella as CEO. Tanzella previously served as the COO of Piedmont's Physician Enterprise and, prior to that, led physician services and market development at Northeast Georgia Health System. Tanzella succeeds Alan George, who will remain at LifePoint Health (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 9/21).

    • Michigan: The fetal death rate in Flint, Michigan, increased by 58 percent after the city in 2014 switched to using water from the Flint River, according to a working paper. For the working paper, researchers compared the birth and fetal death rates of Flint with those of other Michigan cities that did not switch their water source in 2014, including Dearborn, Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Lansing. Overall, they found that the fetal death rate in Flint increased by 0.1 per 1,000 women ages 15 to 49 between October 2013 and the end of 2015, that the city’s fertility rate decreased 12 percent, and the health of infants at birth in the city declined. The researchers cautioned that their calculations likely underestimate the "total fetal deaths occurring in Michigan," because the data did not include abortions or miscarriages before 20 weeks' gestation, and were limited to "hospitals reporting these events” (Ingraham, "Wonkblog," Washington Post, 9/21; Working paper, 8/7).

    • New York: Lillian Kuczka, a nurse from Buffalo, N.Y. who in 1968 helped design a precursor to the modern-day crash cart, has passed away at 91. Kuczka was working at what is now Erie County Medical Center when she teamed up with ED supervisor Anita Dorr to create a cart equipped with supplies needed to save a life. The wooden cart, originally called the Emergency Nursing Crisis Cart, eventually became what's known now as the crash cart (Vartorella, Becker's Hospital Review, 9/21).

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