brian zink en To 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 ERs see unusual surge in flu patients <p>(PROVIDENCE, RI) Rhode Island’s hospital emergency rooms are coping with an unusually high surge of patients suffering from the flu. But what’s driving that increase?</p><p>Most people who catch this season’s flu will spend several uncomfortable days shivering in bed. But those who get hit particularly hard can end up in the hospital, needing fluids or suffering from a high fever. And right now, says Dr. Brian Zink, head of emergency medicine for Rhode Island and The Miriam Hospitals, those hit hard by the flu are making for very busy emergency rooms. The reason? The season.</p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 21:32:04 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 7140 at Interview: RI Hospital ER chief: “There has to be a better way.” <p>This week, I’ve been covering Rhode Island’s efforts to change the way we deal with substance abusers who frequent the emergency room (<a href="">part 1</a>, <a href="">part 2</a>). I talked to emergency dispatchers, firefighters, addiction treatment specialists, public officials, and more. Fri, 14 Dec 2012 15:42:10 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 8265 at