emergency room http://ripr.org en Recovery "On Call" In the Emergency Room http://ripr.org/post/recovery-call-emergency-room <p>A new program aims to connect people who have accidentally overdosed on opioids with addiction treatment – <em>before </em>they leave the emergency room. The state’s largest nonprofit mental health service organization, The Providence Center, is providing what it calls “recovery coaches” to Kent Hospital through a program called <strong>AnchorED</strong>.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:56:40 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 37178 at http://ripr.org Fatima Hospital Posts ER Wait Times http://ripr.org/post/fatima-hospital-posts-er-wait-times <p>Fatima Hospital is now posting on its web site the approximate wait time to be seen in the emergency room. But lots of factors could change that wait time.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:27:48 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 31301 at http://ripr.org To Curb Abuse, Lifespan ERs Adopt Rx Painkiller Guidelines http://ripr.org/post/curb-abuse-lifespan-ers-adopt-rx-painkiller-guidelines <p>Rhode Island Hospital and the entire Lifespan network have announced new guidelines for prescribing painkillers in their emergency rooms. ER doctors are trying to address the growing problem of prescription drug abuse and addiction.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 20:07:26 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 26484 at http://ripr.org Department of Health Cracking Down On Ambulance Company http://ripr.org/post/department-health-cracking-down-ambulance-company <p>Imagine riding in an ambulance without heat. That’s apparently been the reality for some people who use the New England Ambulance Company.&nbsp; The state Health Department is putting a stop to the practice.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The Rhode Island Health Department has ordered the New England Ambulance Company to stop running vehicles without heat.&nbsp; The department says it will issue fines of 100 dollars a day if the Johnston firm continues to do so.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 14:10:41 +0000 Flo Jonic 26097 at http://ripr.org The Waiting Room: A System Broken In So Many Places http://ripr.org/post/waiting-room-system-broken-so-many-places <p>Last night I watched the beautifully crafted documentary "<a href="http://www.whatruwaitingfor.com/film/">The Waiting Room</a>." It captures 24 hours in a single hospital's waiting room, following the stories of a diverse cast of patients and staff. There's no narration except how the characters tell their own stories and how those weave into the larger story this documentary tells. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 15:06:55 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 23776 at http://ripr.org The Waiting Room: A System Broken In So Many Places Program Aims To Curb ER Use, Integrate Mental Health and Primary Care http://ripr.org/post/program-aims-curb-er-use-integrate-mental-health-and-primary-care <p><a href="http://www.providencecenter.org/">The Providence Center </a>has received a $1.7 million dollar federal grant to try to help people with mental health problems avoid the emergency room.&nbsp; The program could help hospitals, and the state, slash some of the most expensive medical bills.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 20:45:06 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 23094 at http://ripr.org Recap: Most Significant Health Legislation this Session http://ripr.org/post/recap-most-significant-health-legislation-session <p>The 2013 session of the Rhode Island General Assembly has officially,finally, wrapped up. With that, we turn to Rhode Island Public Radio’s health care reporter Kristin Gourlay for a recap of some of the most significant health legislation to pass and not pass&nbsp; and how it might affect you.</p><p><strong>DAVE</strong>: So much happening in health care now in Rhode Island and nationally – from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act to rising health care prices. Did legislators tackle any of these big issues this session?</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 18065 at http://ripr.org Recap: Most Significant Health Legislation this Session No Funding Yet for Pilot to Divert "Frequent Fliers" From ER http://ripr.org/post/no-funding-yet-pilot-divert-frequent-fliers-er <p>Perhaps you remember hearing or reading about a plan to divert so-called "frequent fliers" - meaning frequently intoxicated emergency room users - from ERs to some kind of sobering center?</p> Fri, 24 May 2013 20:03:34 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 15799 at http://ripr.org No Funding Yet for Pilot to Divert "Frequent Fliers" From ER Roger Williams, Fatima Open Senior-Friendly ERs http://ripr.org/post/roger-williams-fatima-open-senior-friendly-ers <p>Roger Williams Medical Center and Fatima Hospital have opened what they say are the state’s first emergency rooms designed to take better care of the elderly.</p><p>Hospital officials say it’s taken a year to renovate and retrofit both emergency rooms so that the physical environments are safer and more welcoming for seniors. Think non-skid floors, large print hospital forms, and portable devices to help the hard of hearing.</p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 12531 at http://ripr.org Roger Williams, Fatima Open Senior-Friendly ERs A place to sober up, instead of ER, for "frequent fliers" http://ripr.org/post/place-sober-instead-er-frequent-fliers <p>A proposal is taking shape to divert frequent users of emergency rooms into a substance abuse treatment facility, instead. Rhode Island’s Department of Behavioral Healthcare has pitched a pilot program for Providence that would transport drunk or high people to a sobering center. Staff there could then connect them with more treatment or housing and job services. Dale Klatzker heads The Providence Center, one of the state’s largest community mental health organizations. He says marshaling the resources to address this social problem will be difficult.</p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 22:14:48 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 10383 at http://ripr.org