Emergency medicine is unique. At any time of the day or night, practitioners in an ER must be ready to treat any kind of problem, said Dr. Sam Kini, a veteran emergency physician. Patients rush in with everything from chest pains to vaginal discharge. Among the common problems are back pains, abdominal cramps, fevers, bruises and sprains. Kini said the ER is a blend of specialties, and that makes it an invaluable place to teach.
A hospital emergency room in central Georgia will soon close its doors. Flint River Hospital in Montezuma plans to close its emergency department on Sunday. Some Macon County residents fear that closing the emergency room will mean longer ambulance trips for injured and ill patients to Perry or Americus.
Georgia’s emergency medical providers are warning ongoing drug shortages could soon threaten the care they’re able to provide in dire situations. Emergency medical technicians said about 30 drugs currently on the Food and Drug Administration’s shortage list are used often in emergency and critical care situations.
A statewide coalition of business and medical groups is launching television ads in support of a November ballot measure that would increase car tag fees. The ads push a state constitutional amendment that if passed, would raise car tag fees by $10 a year to pay for a statewide trauma care network.