Three news items. First one via Audrey Silk on Facebook:
If you smoke, you’re out
Patients sneaking a smoke or a chew at Salina Regional Health Center or any of the hospital’s other properties will be sent away.
The hospital implemented new rules Aug. 4 that are meant to strengthen its policy regarding smoking and use of other tobacco products.
In a Thursday news release, the hospital warned that patients who violate the policy will be discharged and considered leaving against medical advice. A nurse will remove the intravenous tube if they have one; tests and treatments will cease and the patient will be instructed to call for a ride home.
The hospital made the changes “effective immediately” for patients. Employees have more time.
Since implementation of the policy, some patients have been sent home, said David Moody, the hospital’s vice president of human resources.
He was not aware Thursday if there are procedures in place to readmit patients if they agree to follow the rules.
“I’ve got to believe it’s one strike and you’re out, but I cannot be sure about that,” Moody said. “I know that in the information provided to the patient, that is made very clear to them up front.”
How dozens of patients have been barred from liver transplant operations for refusing to give up alcohol
More than 160 alcoholics refused liver transplants in the past five years
They were not able to show doctors that they could stop drinking
Gary Reinbach, 22, died after being refused a liver transplant in 2009
Professor Rajiv Jalan says teenagers are more susceptible to liver disease
New scheme launched allowing alcoholics to have liver transplants on NHS
And now a story with a happy ending. Professor John Ashton is known for:
In November 2013, Ashton said society had to accept that a third of all children were having sex at 14 or 15. He believed a debate was necessary about lowering the age of consent to 15 so that NHS advice was available. Ashton said that in countries where the age of consent was lower, teenage pregnancies were also lower. David Cameron said there were no plans to change and, whilst David Tucker of the NSPCC supported a debate, he doubted if reducing the age of consent would help. Nick Clegg and shadow public health minister Luciana Berger both opposed the move but called for better sex education.
In July 2014 Ashton became the “most senior doctor” to support assisted dying. He called for a change in the law to allow doctors specialised in end of life care to end the suffering of those suffering “major discomfort.”
In 2004, Ashton stated that the national diet was “a disaster and a public health emergency in the making”
A prominent Government health adviser has been forced to stand aside for sending abusive messages on Twitter.
Professor John Ashton stepped down as president of the Faculty of Public Health yesterday following a venomous spat on the social media site.
The doctor, who is strongly opposed to e-cigarettes, called one supporter a ‘c***’.