September 2, 2021

Miss. lets paramedics care for hospital patients

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Miss. Lets Paramedics Care for Hospital Patients

To help short-staffed hospitals weather a new wave of COVID infections, the Mississippi Department of Health issued an Aug. 18 order allowing certified paramedics and emergency medical technicians to care for patients in any part of a state hospital. According to Mississippi Today, there are 2,000 fewer nurses working in the state than there were one year ago.

Ill. Druggist Charged with Selling COVID Vaccine Cards Online

A pharmacist in Chicago, Ill., has been charged with stealing COVID vaccination cards and selling them on eBay for $10 apiece. According to National Public Radio, Tangtang Zhao allegedly sold 125 CDC vaccination cards to 11 buyers in March and April. Zhao worked as a licensed pharmacist for a pharmacy that administered COVID vaccines and issued cards to recipients.

Ill. Licensing Agency Probes Doctor Over Mask Skepticism

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has opened an investigation of a doctor who opposes mask mandates in schools, according to Nexstar Media. Jeremy Henrichs, a physician for the University of Illinois Athletic Department, is also an elected member of the Mahomet-Seymour school board. An investigator for the licensing board asked Henrichs in an email whether he’d enforce a mask mandate as an elected school board member. Henrichs argues that the investigation is an improper use of the licensing agency’s authority.

N.C. Dentist Surrenders License after Cardiologist’s Death

A North Carolina oral surgeon surrendered his medical license Aug. 11 following a state dental board investigation of the death of a prominent cardiac surgeon undergoing a dental procedure. According to WECT, cardiologist Henry Patel visited Mark Austin’s clinic on July 30, 2020, to have a dental implant installed. When Patel’s oxygen level and heart rate dropped to life-threatening levels, Austin tried unsuccessful to intubate him before calling 911. He no longer had a pulse when the ambulance arrived and later died.


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