Editor’s Note: Ten days after this story about the death of Laura Levis was published on BostonGlobe.com, the leaders of Somerville hospital’s parent company, Cambridge Health Alliance, met with her husband, Peter DeMarco, at the Globe’s Boston office. DeMarco, who had talked about the story on NBC Nightly News and other outlets, had asked CHA nearly a month earlier to answer questions about his wife’s death. * * * SEPTEMBER 16, 2016, 4:23:59 A.M. 911 operator: “This line is recorded. Where is your emergency?” Laura: “I’m at Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “I’m sorry. Where are you?” Laura: “Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “OK, what’s the emergency?” Laura: “I’m having an asthma attack. I’m dying.” 911 operator: “Whereabouts are you at the hospital?” Laura: “Emergency room.” 911 operator: “OK.” Laura: … [Read more...] about Laura Levis was left to die outside an ER. Why were the doors locked?
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Sometime around 1 am on a warm night last June, Fei-Fei Li was sitting in her pajamas in a Washington, DC, hotel room, practicing a speech she would give in a few hours. Before going to bed, Li cut a full paragraph from her notes to be sure she could reach her most important points in the short time allotted. When she woke up, the 5'3" expert in artificial intelligence put on boots and a black and navy knit dress, a departure from her frequent uniform of a T-shirt and jeans. Then she took an Uber to the Rayburn House Office Building, just south of the US Capitol. Before entering the chambers of the US House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, she lifted her phone to snap a photo of the oversize wooden doors. (“As a scientist, I feel special about the committee,” she said.) Then she stepped inside the cavernous room and walked to the witness table. The hearing that morning, titled “Artificial Intelligence—With Great Power Comes Great … [Read more...] about Fei-Fei Li’s Quest to Make AI Better for Humanity
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Priyanka Dayal McCluskey and Andy Rosen Globe Staff November 06, 2018 CANTON — Massachusetts voters rejected a ballot measure Tuesday that would have set strict limits on the numbers of patients assigned to hospital nurses, following a bruising and costly campaign that pitted nurses against hospital administrators — and nurses against nurses.The ballot question was as passionately fought as it was difficult for many voters to decipher. The result was a blow to the Massachusetts Nurses Association, a labor union that sponsored the measure and had argued that limits were needed to ensure that patients were receiving safe care. A coalition led by the hospital industry fought Question 1, saying it was overly rigid and would come with enormous costs. Opponents warned that hospitals would have to scale back on important medical services — or perhaps, … [Read more...] about Voters reject Question 1, which would have mandated nurse staffing levels; decision has far-reaching impact for health care
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Liz Kowalczyk Globe Staff October 30, 2018 Linda Condon’s overnight shift in the Morton Hospital emergency room was nerve-racking, to say the least. There were 17 psychiatric patients — most of them unstable — plus nine seriously ill patients waiting on gurneys, the nurse wrote in a report. Emergency crews whisked in a trauma patient, then a patient having a stroke. More patients stood by in the waiting room of the Taunton hospital on the night of July 7.“Constant influx of ambulances, ambulatory patients, and patients brought by police,’’ Condon wrote. “Delayed patient care!’’ Advertisement Condon’s summary of her hectic shift is one of about 3,000 so-called “unsafe staffing’’ reports filed by unionized Massachusetts nurses so far this year, their union said. The one-page accounts … [Read more...] about When are nurse staffing levels unsafe? Reports fuel debate over ballot question
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Eric Boodman STAT October 28, 2018 When he first saw the e-mail, just after finishing rounds in the surgical intensive care unit, Dr. Joseph Schlesinger began to panic. A government staffer was writing to inform him that he’d made “a fatal error.”Standing at the nurses’ pod, surrounded by patients in various states of post-surgical woe, he wondered what he should do next. Life-sustaining machines whirred around him, residents discussed prognoses — but he heard nothing. “It was like I was in a vacuum,” said Schlesinger, an assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at Vanderbilt University and a staff physician at the Veterans Affairs medical center in Nashville. None of the cases in front of him needed his immediate attention, and so he left to address the crisis in his inbox.His “fatal … [Read more...] about A typeface glitch can be fatal to a science funding request