September 3, 2021

Staff shortage contributed to suicide at Mont. hospital

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Staff Shortage Contributed to Suicide at Mont. Hospital

Investigators from Montana’s Department of Public Health and Human Services have concluded that insufficient staffing and training contributed to a patient suicide at Shodair Children’s Hospital in Helena in May, according to the Montana Free Press. The department’s report also noted that Shodair destroyed the staff communication form about the incident. Interviews with staff members, along with video footage, led investigators to conclude the hospital struggles with staff-to-patient ratios and provides inconsistent staff training.

Medical Board Targets Maui Official over COVID Views

The Hawaii Medical Board seeks to discipline Maui’s top health official as well as a Valley Isle doctor for supporting COVID treatments opposed by state and federal health agencies. According to The Maui News, the board filed complaints against Maui District Health Officer Lorrin Pang and pediatric cardiologist Kirk Milhoan. Pang and Milhoan support the use of hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin to treat COVID despite contrary guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

N.C. County Could Pay Millions for Parent-Child Separations

A North Carolina County could face more than $50 million in costs related to lawsuits targeting its illegal practice of separating children from families without judicial approval. According to Carolina Public Press, workers with the Cherokee County Department of Social Services have used custody and visitation agreements to pressure dozens of people into relinquishing custody of their children. Multiple judges have determined that the agreements are unlawful, leading to lawsuits by affected parents. The county’s insurer has sued to limit its liability for jury awards, which already have cost millions of dollars. If it succeeds, the county itself would have to foot the bill.

State Inspection Finds Stacked Bodies at Nev. Funeral Home

A Henderson, Nev., funeral home lost its permits in late August following an inspection that discovered stacks of bodies, a cooling unit that had been left open and an unrefrigerated corpse covered by a bloodstained sheet. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Nevada Board of Funeral and Cemetery services voted Aug. 24 to suspend the Hites Funeral Home and Crematory’s permits for six months. The unannounced inspection took place July 20. The funeral home was on probation at the time.

Idaho Hospitals Seek Help from Retired Health Care Workers

Short-staffed Idaho hospitals flooded with COVID patients are seeking help from retired nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists and pharmacists. According to Boise State Public Radio, state licensing boards are working to make it easier for retired medical professionals to reactivate their licenses. Some boards also have waived licensing fees.


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