October 9, 2019

Around the nation: Family thanks nurse for helping them say goodbye to loved one

Daily Briefing

    The family of a man who was fatally injured in a hit-and-run on Sept. 27 thanked the critical care nurse, Lynette Karley, who found him on the road and provided emergency care, giving the family enough time to say their goodbyes, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Louisiana, New York, and Ohio.

    • Louisiana: Our Lady of the Lake on Saturday opened its $230 million, 360-square-foot children's hospital in Baton Rouge. The hospital, which will provide care in more than 25 pediatric specialties, features a pediatric ED, a 30-bed pediatric ICU, a 30-bed oncology floor, an outpatient clinic, and 40 medical-surgical inpatient beds (Paavola, Becker's Hospital Review, 10/7).
    • New York: According to a CDC report, 75% of the 1,249 measles cases that occurred between Jan. 1 and Oct. 1 were linked to two large outbreaks in New York City and New York state. The report also found that 89% of the cases involved patients who had not been vaccinated or who had an unknown vaccination status, and 85% of the cases were associated with eight outbreaks in close-knit communities with low vaccination rates (Bean, Becker's Clinical Leadership & Infection Control, 10/7).
    • Ohio: Lynette Karley, a critical care nurse, stopped to provide emergency treatment to the victim of a hit-and-run on Sept. 27, calling on bystanders to call 911. The man died two days later in the hospital, but the man's sister thanked Karley for giving the family a chance to speak to their loved one and "let him know that he was loved and that he was safe, that his family was there for him" (Voetsch, 13ABC, 10/7).

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