This article from Sunday’s Corpus Christi Caller-Times provides a good summary of the month-long struggle that city has had with problems in the public water system, which culminated last week with the announcement that samples had tested positive for E. coli, followed by a citywide boil-water notice and the abrupt resignation of the city’s water director.
Staying Well. Connected.
Corpus Christi struggles with public water safety
New Research on Preventable Illness and Hospital Care
According to a new report, Trends in Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations among Adults and Children, 1997-2004, from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (H-CUP) at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), over 4 million hospital visits in the United States were for preventable conditions.
Chagas disease in Texas
Search for health care leading Texans to Mexico
The Dallas Morning News and its Spanish-language sister Al Dia TX both recently published a very interesting story about US patients seeking care in Mexican hospitals — not just for “medical tourism” but even for emergency care. The article mentions that a bill considered in the Texas Lege this year would have allowed US insurers to cover services inside Mexico for Texans living within 75 miles of the border. The bill didn’t make it out of committee, but it’s just another sign that legislators — like even the hospital administrators quoted in the article — see treatment in Mexico as one way to address rising healthcare and insurance costs and continued high numbers of uninsured Texans.
As we look to the future, will one of our upcoming health information challenges in South Texas be to help US patients understand and safely navigate their healthcare options in Mexico?
15th Annual HIV/AIDS Update Conference – South Padre Island, Texas
On October 24-26, 2007 the Valley AIDS Council, Inc. 15th Annual HIV/AIDS Update Conference will be held on South Padre Island, Texas.
This conference is designed for Physicians, Health Care Providers, Nurses, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Case Managers, Educators, Mental Health Care Providers, Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Outreach Workers, Substance Abuse Counselors, Probation Officers and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors.
Conference tracks include: Prevention, Services, Clinical and HIV Early Intervention.
To register or learn more, visit Valley AIDS Council, Inc.
August is National Immunization Awareness Month
To help promote immunizations, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has a Vaccines & Immunizations site that includes promotional materials, safety information and answers to many common questions about vaccines.
Impact of nursing shortage in Del Rio
Doctors and administrators both acknowledge that a shortage of nursing staff exists at Val Verde Regional Medical Center, but they disagree on the effects — and what should be done. Article from the Del Rio News Herald.