first_imgEnds FAMILY TO SUE HSE AFTER MUM DIES IN ACCIDENT AT FALCARRAGH HOSPITAL was last modified: January 28th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) THE family of a Gortahork woman who died after her head became trapped in a cot side in her hospital bed are pressing with plans to sue the HSE.Sile Coyle, 85, of Ardsmore died on her first night at Falcarragh Community Nursing Unit in August 2008.An inquest into Mrs Coyle’s death yesterday found she died from asphyxiation after her head became trapped between a cot side at the head of the bed she was sleeping in.The six person jury at Mrs Coyle’s inquest made a number of recommendations when returning a cause of death after the day-long hearing at Letterkenny Coroner’s Court. As well as recommending better training for nursing staff in the use of cots, they also said all cots must carry warning stickers.The family of the late Mrs Coyle refused to comment after yesterday’s inquest.However a legal source close to the family confirmed they will be pressing ahead with a full civil action against the HSE.Mrs Coyle, who family said was in good health, had gone into Falcarragh Hospital for a rest for a number of days.However her respite resulted in her death after she was choked to death.Nurse Carmel O’Rourke, who had worked at the hospital since 1999, told Letterkenny Coroner’s Court today that on August 14th, 2008, herself and another nurse were looking after 25 patients.Another patient had died at 3.10am but nurse O’Rourke said that they continued to check on all patients.The last time she checked on Sile Coyle was between 6.30am and 6.45am and that she seemed well and was lying on her back with two pillows on either side of her.However when she went back in to check on Mrs Coyle at around 7.40am she noticed her head was stuck between the cot side and the bed’s head.She tried to lift her up but could not and called for help from colleague Mary Boyle.Nurse Mary Boyle said the first she heard there was anything wrong was when he colleague Carmel O’Rourke called to her at 7.40am.Nurse Boyle said she went to Mrs Coyle’s bed and notice her head was trapped in the cot at the top of the bed and was being held by nurse O’Rourke.She rushed to get some oxygen as nurse O’Rourke started CPR.Nurse O’Rourke then rushed to get a defibrillator and nurse Boyle took over CPR.When the defibrillator was put on Mrs Coyle, a sign came on waning that shocking was not recommended.Both nurses continued CPR until Dr.Neil Loftus arrived and pronounced Mrs Coyle dead at 8.10am.The dead woman’s son Eugene Coyle said he regularly left his mother to Falcarragh Community Hospital on a Saturday where she attended mass but then collected her around 3pm.He said this was the first time his mother was left in the hospital for ‘a few days’.He said his mother was absent-minded but was in general good health.The next morning when he got a phonecall from nurse Carmel O’Rourke to say his mother had died, he was shocked.Sgt Martin Rochford of Falcarragh Garda Station said he was called to Falcarragh Nursing Home on August 15th, 2008 at 9.20am after a report of a sudden death.Pathologist Dr.David Barry carried out a full post-mortem on Mrs Coyle’s body.He said he noticed a large bruising measuring 10cms by 2cms on her neck.Dr.Barry said Mrs Coyle died of acute asphyxia contributed to by bronchial pneumonia and coronary artery narrowing.“It would have made her give up the ghost earlier than would have been the case” he said.The Coroner’s court heard how no training had been given to nursing staff in Ireland on the use of cot sides before Mrs Coyle’s death.However the Director of Nursing at Falcarragh Community Nursing Unit, Geraldine McClean, revealed a Serious Incident Review Team had been set up to examineways of improving safety of cot sides.All staff in Co Donegal are now trained in the use of cot sides and all cots are fitted with warning stickers while a similar programme is being rolled out across the country.The jury found that death was due to asphyxiation after Mrs Coyle caught her head in the cot and that underlying health matters may or may not have left the victim in a weakened state that she could not release herself.“We feel the elderly are deserving of the highest care,” said the spokesman.The jury foreman added that a programme of training for safety around cots should continue and asked that patient and health staff ratio should be examined.Coroner John Cannon said nobody but the family knows the sudden loss they have felt.But he said it is reassuring to know her death was not in vain and that guidelines have now been adopted since her death.last_img read more

In Search of a Better Tomorrow

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on December 22, 2010June 20, 2017By: Zubaida Bai, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Zubaida Bai, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.Over the last month I have been busy with a literature search and am in the process of consolidating the screening and referral tools used at resource desks at different locations by Health Leads. What makes this interesting is that I am doing most of this offline from India, along with a lot of field visits here for my company AYZH. AYZH is a social enterprise incorporated in India as well as in the U. S. that is focused on health and livelihood solutions for economically disadvantaged rural and urban women. Its core product is a $2 Clean Birth Kit that includes, among other items, a sterile sheet, soap, a razor blade and umbilical cord clamps. Such relatively simple measures could help close the gap in providing safer, cleaner births. Thus, incidences of maternal and newborn infection resulting in illness, or even death, could be reduced.Among all my visits to hospitals and clinics, I had less access to the labor rooms of semi-urban and urban government hospitals. Generally, access in these institutions was limited to common areas and pre/post delivery areas. However, what I did see suggested systems being pushed to their limits. In the worst case, stray dogs and urine lined the hallways. Feces covered the toilets and debris littered the floor in one maternity ward. In larger hospitals I saw things happening at a chaotic speed. Indeed, in one PHC a new mother told us that although she lived closer to the city government hospital she had come to the more remote clinic to deliver as she knew she would receive more individualized attention.In one of the hospitals, the doctor I was supposed to meet was also scared to let my little boy into the hospital fearing he would catch an infection, just by entering the place. What about the kids who are born there? I was confident I could take him in. We went around hospital where I saw women who had delivered on rusted metal beds and had to lie down on cold floors to recover. I discussed my project with the doctor and she was very excited about our product but was concerned regarding disposal of the contents since garbage disposal around the hospital is another big challenge being faced by them. This brings forth the next challenge in health, which is disposal of medical waste.After lots of requests and assurances that I would not take any pictures, I was escorted to the maternity ward where I saw women having given birth to premature babies had to sleep on the floor due to shortage of beds amidst stagnant rain water, mosquitoes and rats. The ground so dirty and wet that even I would not dare to step into bare footed.Seeing the situation at this hospital left me with millions of questions in my head. Why isn’t being a mother a blessing for these women? What am I going to do about this? What can we as Young Champions do about this?Share this:last_img read more

Hollywood Legends Estate Gifts 11 Million To Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

first_imgChildren’s Hospital Los Angeles announced today that the estate of the legendary Oscar-winning filmmaker Billy Wilder and his wife Audrey made an $11 million gift to the hospital’s new endowed chair in the Division of Neurosurgery and to the hospital’s Endowment in Neurosurgery.In honor of the generous gift from The Wilder Family Trust, the hospital will name the new Neurosurgery chair the Billy and Audrey Wilder Endowed Chair in Neurosurgery, which will receive $5 million of the donation. In addition, $3 million will be dedicated to the new Billy and Audrey Wilder Endowment in Neurosurgery, a hospital clinical care program under the stewardship of Chief of Medical Staff Mark Krieger, MD, (Los Angeles, Ca.), head of the hospital’s Neurosurgery division.Of the remaining gift, $1.5 million is to be distributed to the endowed chair of the hospital’s newly-established inter-departmental Neuro-Oncology Program under the direction of Jonathan Finlay, MD, (Studio City, Ca.), director of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Neural Tumors Program within the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases. In addition, $300,000 will be earmarked to complete the Hay Edward Baher Chair in Pediatric Rheumatology, which will be under the leadership of Andreas Reiff, MD, (San Marino, Ca.), chief of the Division of Rheumatology. The remaining donation will go toward the hospital’s under-funded and unreimbursed hospital programs that help the more than 96,000 young patients Children’s Hospital Los Angeles treats annually.Would you like to help Children’s Hospital Los Angeles treat kids better? The hospital welcomes all gifts. To give, go to Or to make a holiday gift that goes twice as far, donate to the Holiday of Hope challenge by Dec. 31 at, and ask your friends to do the same. 
“We are incredibly thankful and humbled by this donation from The Wilder Family Trust,” says Richard D. Cordova, FACHE, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “This generous and amazing gift will impact the lives and future treatment of children diagnosed with life-threatening and often devastating diagnoses. As our chief of Medical Staff and our division chief of Neurosurgery, Dr. Krieger has demonstrated the leadership ability to utilize this gift to the utmost in the treatment and care of our patients and to strengthen and build our world renowned Neurosurgery division.”“I am honored and thrilled by this incredible gift from The Wilder Family Trust, one that will change the lives of many patients we treat at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles,” says Krieger. “This endowed chair will create a permanent philanthropic legacy in the hospital’s Neurosurgery division, allowing us to provide the best care for our young patients. It will also support outstanding research scientists working to find cures for children diagnosed with brain tumors here at Children’s Hospital, and beyond.”Billy and Audrey Wilder were longtime supporters of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Mrs. Wilder, a Paramount actress in the 1940s, managed the family’s philanthropic activities. She was especially interested in the hospital’s undertakings and passionate about giving back to children’s causes and the arts. Mrs. Wilder, who passed away in June, was married to Mr. Wilder for 53 years. She was a singer with the Tommy Dorsey Band and appeared in several films in the 1940s. In 1944, she met Mr. Wilder on the set of The Lost Weekend, a film that garnered Mr. Wilder the first of his two film directing Oscars. They wed five years later.The Austrian-born Billy Wilder received international recognition as one the world’s great filmmakers. His Hollywood career as a writer, director and producer spanned five decades, and his work included such popular classics as Sabrina and Some Like It Hot, and Oscar-winners, like Sunset Boulevard, The Apartment and The Lost Weekend. Renowned for his ability to cross film genres, Mr. Wilder became the first individual to win three Oscars in one night when The Apartment (1960) earned the filmmaker awards for directing, producing and co-writing. In all, he won six Academy Awards and also earned the Academy’s Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1988, and later, the National Medal of Arts, which he won in 1993 nine years before his passing in 2002.Dr. Krieger came to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in 2002, joining the Children’s Neuroscience Center. He performs more than 300 brain surgeries a year and cares for children with surgical diseases of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves, specializing in tumors of the central nervous system. He previously was the director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, Dr. Krieger completed his training in Neurological Surgery at the University of Southern California, Department of Neurological Surgery.He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and numerous book chapters, in addition to giving more than 100 talks at national meetings. He is active in the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Association of Neurosurgeons and the American Society for Pediatric Neurosurgeons. His research interests include novel therapeutic strategies and imaging technologies for pediatric brain tumors. Dr. Krieger is an associate professor of surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC).According to Dr. Krieger, a portion of the gift devoted to the Endowment in Neurosurgery will be directed toward the clinical care of the hospital’s pediatric patients being treated for brain tumors and for innovative treatments into functional neurosurgery, which includes surgical procedures for youngsters diagnosed with epilepsy. The hospital’s Division of Neurosurgery performs more than 500 surgeries annually. “This gift will enable us to build on our reputation as one of the finest pediatric brain tumor clinical programs and neurosurgery research centers in the country,” Krieger says.Dr. Finlay, a leading international authority in the management of the brain tumors of children, adolescents and young adults, is a professor of Pediatrics, Neurology and Neurological Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. He will direct the $1.5 million gift toward research and education activities to develop new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies to treat brain cancer in children. The Neuro-Oncology endowed chair will work in collaboration with the hospital’s divisional and departmental chiefs in Neurosurgery, Pathology and Radiology.Dr. Reiff, a professor of Pediatrics at Keck School of Medicine at USC, has led the Rheumatology division at Children’s Hospital since 2005 and oversees the care of children with chronic arthritis, lupus and other autoimmune diseases. An avid researcher, Dr. Reiff, who earned his medical degree from University Medical School in Freiburg, Germany, has also investigated the treatment, management and genetics of autoimmune diseases and is well-known internationally as an authority on biologic drug development and the treatment of chronic inflammatory eye diseases. He will direct the gift toward departmental operations and clinical and research activities.last_img read more

With the US Out Which World Cup Team Will Americans Root For

Following the United States’ brutal 2-1 extra-time loss to Belgium on Tuesday — despite an amazing performance by goalkeeper Tim Howard — fans in the U.S. are without a rooting interest in the World Cup.Actually, only some are.Casual soccer fans who supported the U.S. men’s national team may tune out now that it’s out, but many Americans will continue to watch. Which team will they cheer for? Probably one of two favorites: Brazil and Germany.FiveThirtyEight conducted a SurveyMonkey Audience poll of nearly 1,100 U.S. residents and asked them which country they were rooting for. The poll was conducted June 23 and 24, toward the end of the group stage. After recording the respondents’ first-choice country, the survey asked which country they would root for if their top choice were eliminated. This gave us a good proxy for U.S. fans’ backup teams.Nearly three out of four respondents picked the U.S. as their top team. Here are the percentages of U.S. fans who chose each nation as a backup (excluding countries with less than 1 percent support):No one country had a dominant share of U.S. fans’ support. England came out on top with 16 percent, but the Three Lions flamed out of the Cup early on. England was followed by Brazil, Germany, Italy and Mexico. Of those countries, only Brazil and Germany remain in the tournament.Not every survey respondent chose a backup country. Of those who chose the U.S. as their first choice, about 5 percent then picked either the U.S. (again) or refused to pick any country (labeled as “none”).What about those 26 percent of respondents who did not select the U.S. as their first-choice? The most-backed countries after the U.S. were Brazil (17 percent), Germany (11 percent), England (10 percent) and Mexico (7 percent).But this method of figuring out whom disappointed U.S. fans will now support is highly imperfect. The poll, conducted online, is likely to under-weight fans without reliable Internet access, as well as fans who don’t speak English. That second flaw is especially problematic, because it probably means many fans with origins in Central and South America are excluded.So, is England really the second-most-supported team among soccer fans living in the U.S.? I’m skeptical. I suspect Mexico is a better bet, with nearly 12 million individuals born in Mexico living in the U.S. as of 2011, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s International Migration Database.To augment our admittedly incomplete survey, we reached out to Google to find data on the top countries searched for in the U.S. Specifically, the searches tallied are for country names combined with the phrase “World Cup.” Obviously, merely searching for a country on Google isn’t the same as rooting for that country. But it’s an approximation of interest.The Google Trends team nicely summarized the most-searched-for countries on a couple of days prior to the World Cup (the tournament began June 12), as well as during the first two weeks of the tournament.Top Countries Searched on GoogleBrazil was the top country queried, although this is probably confounded by its host-country status. Those using Google to search for “Brazil World Cup” could either be interested in the tournament as a whole or in the Brazilian national team. It’s not clear.Mexico and England were the next most-sought-after countries. Mexico does better according to Google than it did in the poll, lending some credence to the idea that the English-only survey underestimates support for El Tri. But even the Google data may underestimate support for Latin American teams. The Google queries here are only for searches in English.Spain and Italy were more searched for in the first couple of weeks of the tournament, and that probably has a lot to do with them being eliminated earlier than expected. In addition to Brazil and Germany, the other highly searched country that remains in the tournament is Colombia.So, with the U.S. men out, expect a sizable number of soccer fans to be supporting Brazil and Germany through the rest of the tournament. read more

Resources Available To Help Mitigate Expected DV Holiday Spike

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享For most of us, Christmas conjures up images of sparkling holiday trees, mandatory attendance at children’s choirs, and a haze of Christmas parties. But for others, Christmas is the most feared time of the whole year. Domestic violence attacks rise significantly during the festive period. Not a year goes by when we don’t see a seasonal spike in incidents reported to the police. It is easy to understand that the combination of financial pressure, free-flowing alcohol and managing stressful social situations, creates additional burden on relationships. In an abusive relationship, this pressure is ramped up exponentially. Experts say it is also linked to increased risk for suicide in both boys and girls who experience teen dating violence, and for women exposed to partner violence. The Alaska Department of Health and Human Services is recommending newly updated resources for those dealing with intimate partner violence. Story as aired:Audio PlayerDorene-on-resources-available-to-help-mitigate-expected-dv-holiday-spike.mp3VmDorene-on-resources-available-to-help-mitigate-expected-dv-holiday-spike.mp300:00RPd The website is full of updated content and many of the best nationwide resources to offer advise on the issue including the most important step of safety planning for the victim, children, resources, and confidentiality and also reducing the risk of lethal violence. These women are nearly five times more likely to attempt suicide as women not exposed to partner violence. Intimate Partner Violence is also a precipitating factor for suicide among men. Experts say that having experienced other forms of trauma or violence, such as child sexual or physical abuse or exposure to parental or caregiver domestic violence, is an important risk factor for perpetrating and experiencing Intimate Partner Violence.last_img read more

Bengal eyeing twofold hike in export growth rate by 2021 Amit

first_imgKolkata: Bengal government has set a target of doubling the export growth rate of the state within 2021, said Industry, Commerce and Enterprise minister Amit Mitra on Monday.He was addressing a workshop with the exporters, industries and various other stakeholders at a city hotel to accelerate the process of export promotion from the state. Despite some issues relating to the non-payment of refunds to the exporters, particularly to the small-scale ones, the state government has been able to achieve export growth rate of 11.17 percent last year. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsMitra said that there was an export of 8.23 billion US dollars from Bengal in the financial year 2016-17, which has gone up to 9.15 billion US dollars in 2017-18. Products worth around Rs 62,000 crore have been exported from the state in 2017-18.The Bengal government is taking all possible steps to double the figure in the next three years.”We have achieved 11.17 percent growth rate in exports, which is pretty high among all other states. It was around 10 percent last year. The export growth rate of the country according to CAGR remained at 6.01 percent for a period from 2007-08 up to 2016-17. The overall export that stands at Rs 62,000 will be doubled in the next three years,” Mitra said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAccording to the minister, an information centre will be set up jointly by the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC) and the MSME department, to disseminate information relating to the exports and various schemes.There are many schemes which the exporters do not know. The exporters will get to know the details about the schemes from these centres.An export cell will be set up at the district industrial centres, so that people interested in exports can gather information relating to it. Altogether 80 officers from industry and MSME sectors will be given training at the Institute of Foreign Trade in Kolkata, for a period of one month from July 5. Among the total number of officers, around 60 would be from the MSME department, while the rest would be from industries. After returning to the district industrial centres, these officers will give answer to the quarries of the potential exports. They will be made aware on how the documentation is done.Mitra also said that a dyeing centre has come up at Nabadwip, which will meet global standards so that the exporters from the state would no longer face any problems during the certification. Around 50,000 weavers would also be benefitted from the project.There was an overall export of 825 million US dollar of iron and steel from Bengal in 2016-17 and the target is to reach up to 1,500 million US dollar within the next three years.While gold and other precious material export remained at 711 million US dollar, with a target of 1,200 million US dollar.The Bengal government has developed a major infrastructure by setting up a Gems and Jewellery Park at Ankurhati in Domjur in this regard. In the leather sector, export stands at 687 million dollar and the target is to reach 1,500 million dollar.Asia’s biggest leather park has come up at Bantala. The state government has allotted a Rs 400 crore investment in Bantala. Marine products and petroleum products have seen a rise in the export.The minister also reminded that apart from airport and sea port, a land port should also be set up for accelerating the exports. In case of fresh vegetables, the exporters were facing problems as they have to export the products through Vizag port. The issue would be taken up with the Union commerce minister.Sanjay Budhia, managing director, PATTON Group, who was present at the programme, said: “We thank minister Mitra and his colleagues for this much needed initiative and the first of its kind ‘Workshop on Promoting Exports from West Bengal’, involving and interacting with exporters across all sections. Today’s programme again reinforced that Bengal means business and exports is one the key factors to create employment and economic activity.”last_img read more

Mixing colours for glimpses of magic

first_imgArtist Nita Banerji has spent the last three decades perfecting her art. Having recently turned 75 doesn’t deter her. She continues to churn out breathtaking pictures of landscapes, monuments, and still life. Her pictures are so exquisitely realistic that you could be forgiven for thinking they are photographs, not paintings. Realistic art in this era? You might wonder if that’s quite a thing these days. But being politically correct – or artistically correct, let’s say – doesn’t bother Nita. “A long time ago, at my first exhibition, I was asked why I didn’t do abstracts,” she says. “I didn’t have an answer then and it has taken me all this time to gradually work out what that answer might be.” That’s where magic comes in. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”When I see something I like, I want to own it, to possess it and to make it mine, uniquely mine,” the artist declares. She identifies this as an abstraction. “The resulting work, though realistic and representational, contains for me that glimpse of magic and joy.” Her works on exhibition include flowers and sunsets, buildings and ruins, mountains and apples, and one curious painting of three bell peppers, red, yellow, and green, which appear to be floating through the sky. The reason for this almost random collection of subjects, Nita explains, is because “I see, not the subject matter, but the essence of the composition.The wood, not the trees.The appeal of a particular project could be colour, shapes, light, composition, even the technique used to execute it.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhen Nita picked up a paint brush again many years later in the 1990s, she started with water color and color pencils. Without a teacher and with the now ever-present Internet still some years in the future at that time, she turned to books on drawing, sketching, and painting, many of them showing works of the great masters of art, and from those she laboriously taught herself the techniques she need. Nita’a paintings are on display in an exhibition titled Glimpses of Magic, at India International Center Annexe till June 9.last_img read more

Rep Callton hosts Lakewood volleyball champs at state Capitol

first_img24Jan Rep. Callton hosts Lakewood volleyball champs at state Capitol Categories: News State Rep. Mike Callton was joined in Lansing today by the Class B state champion Lakewood High School volleyball team, where legislators helped the Vikings celebrate their big win. Callton was proud to welcome the student-athletes to Lansing, where they enjoyed a tour of the Capitol and were recognized by all of the lawmakers present in the House and Senate chambers during session on Jan. 24.State Rep. Mike Callton, R-Nashville, right, is pictured with the 2012 Lakewood High School women’s volleyball team. At left is head coach Kellie Rowland. The Vikings captured their first state title last November, and were honored at the Capitol on Jan. 24.“It was my pleasure to acknowledge this group of outstanding student-athletes for their excellence on the volleyball court and in the classroom,” said Callton, R-Nashville.  “These young women have shown remarkable dedication and a strong work ethic all of the Lakewood community can be proud of.”The Lakewood High School champions made the trip to Lansing with head coach Kellie Rowland, where they were presented with a tribute signed by Callton and Gov. Rick Snyder.last_img read more