Blood clots in the brain are some scary business. Luckily, we now have what's been called "the first" mobile stroke unit in the nation in operation since late last month. It has some fancy equipment, but most importantly, it has people on board who can administer tPA, the clot-busting medication kn ... More >>
Texas ranks 47th in the nation when it comes to access to emergency care, according to a report card just released by the American College of Emergency Physicians. That's a big fat F for that category. The state ranked 38th overall (a "D ") in the report, which measures "America's emergency care e ... More >>
Even after the Affordable Care Act, tens of thousands of Texans have no medical coverage. That is why the San Jose Clinic in Midtown still exists.
Back in the wild, wild west, people had to deal with wagon thieves and sneaky neighbors out to steal cattle or horses. These days, the modern felon has evolved to barbecue pit theft. On Sunday around 4 p.m., a surveillance camera outside Melange Catering caught what appears to be a man in a blue ... More >>
Memorial Hermann treats patients without insurance, tells them not to worry about the cost and then sues them for thousands of dollars.
Somewhere in Kansas there are boxes of stuff that used to be the trauma room President John F. Kennedy was brought to after that infamous drive through downtown Dallas. And the public isn't allowed to see what those boxes hold. The shots rang out in Dealey Plaza and President John F. Kennedy crump ... More >>
First, the bad news: Some unfathomable a-hole set a dog on fire last week. Now, the good news: Thanks to some kick-ass animal-lovers in Houston, he was rescued from the streets, given top-notch emergency medical care, and now has a good prognosis. The good news comes with a price tag, though, so w ... More >>
When we heard Satan was busy this morning roping off a special area in the Future Residents section of Hell, we gave him a call (as members of the media, we have him on speed-dial) to find out about the hubbub. He told us that a dog was found in Conroe early Saturday morning with terrible buckshot w ... More >>
Consider yourself rescuedWe've obtained security-cam footage of the morning when Houston Press music editor Chris Gray suffered a heart attack at a Metro light-rail station. Chris is recovering nicely, due in no small part to prompt action by a good samaritan and two Metro police officers. ( ... More >>
Houston's very own Randolph MantoothJohn P. Zepeda of the Metro PD's canine squad had performed a routine bomb search at the Ensemble light-rail station October 28. Finding nothing, he tried to head back. But train after train was filled with morning commuters headed downtown, so he and his ... More >>
UPDATE: Ricky Rozay is tweeting from the hospital, so all seems well. That is the great arbiter in determining someone's health, tweeting. If they can't tweet, then something must be very, very wrong. Or they are sleeping. Photo By Marco TorresFrequent Houston performer Rick Ross is current ... More >>
Foot chase proves fatal for 42-year-oldThe Houston Police Internal Affairs division is investigating the death of a man who was in police custody after a foot chase yesterday afternoon. Craig Campbell, 42, was trying to sell some scrap metal to a dealer just outside the South Loop near 288 a ... More >>
Sammy the Owl is drunk and abandonedThe scourge of Four Loko is turning Rice University into a depraved, body-strewn landscape where desperate students guzzle the possibly deadly drink with scant consideration of the niceties of society. At least that's the only conclusion we can draw from a ... More >>
Photo by Chasen MarshallBetter have game tickets, dudesRemember that great tailgating scene outside of the Texans-Cowboys game?Remember it well, because it won't happen again.The Texans have announced a new policy after approximately 20,000 (they say) non-ticketed tailgaters took to the Reliant S ... More >>
Troy FieldsState Bar & Lounge Gypsy MartiniI was driving downtown for nearly five minutes before I realized the radio station I was tuned to had lapsed into static. It had been that kind of day. I had plans that evening, though, and needed something to reanimate me, so I claimed a meter outs ... More >>
[Updated at 2:33 p.m. with information from Reg Burns, who saw Joe at the hospital Monday and has more information on his condition.] Mark Britain Little Joe Washington at House of Blues, May 8, 2010Little Joe Washington is in the intensive care unit of Ben Taub Hospital after undergoing e ... More >>
EMS Country Express You Respond to Everyone But Me: Songs for the EMT (ETI Emergency Training, 1981) Nearly every occupation has its token LP. There are records for doctors and nurses, lawyers and ministers, cabbies and card sharks. But as far as Cutout Bin knows, this is the only record made fo ... More >>
Just when it looked like UTMB might leave Galveston forever, local legislators saved it.
How funny is a knife in your head?
The bright side of the latest report by the American College of Emergency Physicians is that Texas did not get a failing grade in its efforts to provide emergency-room access and care to residents.On the other hand, we're not making the Honor Roll or anything.ACEP gave Texas a C, placing it 29th amo ... More >>
Channel 11's Doug Miller is just reporting that the city police and emergency departments are switching back to "regular" status instead of crisis mode. Harris County will be doing the same as 4 p.m. No reason to get out on the roads, though. Especially I-45 North heading on to I-10 West, where an ... More >>
The treatment is called post-exposure prophylaxis. So why do so few medical groups in Houston know about it?
Good paying jobs, no huge loan burdens, exciting course work the new vo-tech attracts more and more hi-tech students
Amanda Lilley was 6 years old when she went to Texas West Oaks Hospital in Houston, broke her arm in her room and although medical personnel knew she’d hurt herself, no one in the private psychiatric facility realized her arm was broken until she was picked up days later by her mom who rushed her ... More >>
Most doctors say the Heimlich maneuver should not be used to save drowning victims. So why does UH professor John Hunsucker continue to teach it to lifeguards?
You're not a doctor, but Trauma Center lets you play one on TV.
There'll be no waivers for patients in this experimental blood-substitute program
Houston is scrambling for psychiatric and emergency medical services. But hoping for better state funding is just another psychotic episode.
Unknown ambulance driver
An angel named Grace, a doctor who's a real Trip and fresh gore flooding the ER -- the new Ben Taub gets old quick
Increasing deficits cause MHMRA to close a new treatment clinic
A money-starved mental health treatment unit may die in its infancy
Rachelle Anderson just took super Girl Scout honors. And it wasn't hustling cookies that got her there.
Rising asthma rates have experts scratching their heads - and children struggling to breathe
Scorsese and Cage elevate the EKG of the mean streets
Leandra Vilardi works at the city's busiest emergency room. She only wishes it were busier.
Need emergency psychiatric care in Harris County? Have a seat. Or call a cab.