Wednesday, May 15 2013 4:58 PM EDT2013-05-15 20:58:55 GMT
Actress Angelina Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy is sparking strong emotions from women over the questions of whether genetic testing for breast cancer is for everyone,.More>>
Actress Angelina Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy is sparking strong emotions from women over the questions of whether genetic testing for breast cancer is for everyone, and whether women should have breast surgery, even if they don't have cancer.More>>
Thursday, May 2 2013 6:25 PM EDT2013-05-02 22:25:44 GMT
We usually think of women when we talk about breast cancer, but men are affected as wellin fact about 2-thousand men in this country country are diagnosed with breast cancer everyone, and about 400 die from the disease.More>>
Most discussions about breast cancer tend to focus on women, but men are also affected by the disease. Every year, nearly 2,000 men in this country are diagnosed with breast cancer.More>>
Thursday, May 2 2013 3:21 PM EDT2013-05-02 19:21:04 GMT
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- New government data show Nevada has the second-highest suicide rate in the country among people aged 35 to 64, although the rise in the rate was much slower than it was nationally. TheMore>>
New government data show Nevada has the second-highest suicide rate in the country among people aged 35 to 64, although the rise in the rate was much slower than it was nationally.More>>
Wednesday kicks off American Stroke Month, and medical professionals want people to recognize the warning signs of strokes. Two doctors and stroke experts discussed the dangers on 8 News NOW This Morning.
Monday, April 29 2013 6:37 PM EDT2013-04-29 22:37:24 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers for women. This weekend, hundreds will gather in Las Vegas to show their support by taking part in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. ManyMore>>
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers for women. This weekend, hundreds will gather in Las Vegas to show their support by taking part in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.More>>
Thursday, April 25 2013 1:54 PM EDT2013-04-25 17:54:38 GMT
WEDNESDAY, April 24 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Americans with heart failure could rise 46 percent, from 5 million in 2012 to 8 million in 2030, new research says. And the direct and indirect costsMore>>
The number of Americans with heart failure could rise 46 percent, from 5 million in 2012 to 8 million in 2030, new research says.More>>
Tuesday, April 23 2013 7:09 PM EDT2013-04-23 23:09:17 GMT
Climate change is reportedly making allergy season worse. A lot of southern nevadans are having a bad allergy season, and some doctors blame climate change. Whatever's causing climate change, it'sMore>>
Scientists and allergists see signs that our warming climate is making allergy season longer and stronger.More>>
Thursday, April 11 2013 1:17 PM EDT2013-04-11 17:17:02 GMT
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- A Senate panel has unanimously approved a bill paving the way for for-profit medical marijuana dispensaries in Nevada. The vote Thursday in the Senate Judiciary Committee meansMore>>
A Senate panel has unanimously approved a bill paving the way for for-profit medical marijuana dispensaries in Nevada.More>>
Sunday, May 19 2013 2:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 18:47:40 GMT
LAS VEGAS-- Metro officers have arrested two suspects accused of killing a teen while trying to steal his iPad. 15-year-old Marcos Arenas was run over by an SUV on Thursday near Charleston and Torrey Pines. PoliceMore>>
Metro officers have arrested two suspects accused of killing a teen while trying to steal his iPad.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:05 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:05:13 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- When Randy Kleiner stopped to help an injured driver, he didn't expect to become injured himself. But on Thursday morning, as he was assisting someone who had crashed their car, anotherMore>>
When Randy Kleiner stopped to help an injured driver, he didn't expect to become injured himself.More>>
Sunday, May 19 2013 2:26 PM EDT2013-05-19 18:26:25 GMT
LAS VEGAS-- Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash on the I15 near the Speedway. We're told 3 people are dead. The driver of a Acura was driving northbound when for some reason he enteredMore>>
Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash on the I15 near the Speedway. We're told 3 people are dead.More>>
Sunday, May 19 2013 1:51 PM EDT2013-05-19 17:51:13 GMT
LAS VEGAS-- Some of the trams at McCarran International Airport are down due to an electrical failure. Officials tells us they stopped working this morning. Right now at least 2 trams are working, butMore>>
Some of the trams at McCarran International Airport are down due to an electrical failure.More>>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:25 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:25:46 GMT
As a family struggles with the death of a 15-year-old boy killed over and iPad, police are trying to track down the men responsible. Police say two men tried to rob the child of the device on Thursday.More>>
As a family struggles with the death of a 15-year-old boy killed over and iPad, police are trying to track down the men responsible.More>>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:09 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:09:50 GMT
Lines of people were wrapped around The Lotto Store twice this weekend for the second largest lottery in the history of Powerball. The jackpot has grown to $600 million. People tell 8 News Now they waitedMore>>
Lines of people were wrapped around The Lotto Store twice this weekend for the second largest lottery in the history of Powerball.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 9:02 PM EDT2013-05-18 01:02:54 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- A volunteer basketball coach at Shadow Ridge High School has been arrested, Clark County Schools Police Lt. Ken Young said. According to the Clark County Detention Center, the volunteer coach,More>>
A volunteer basketball coach at Shadow Ridge High School has been arrested, Clark County Schools Police Lt. Ken Young said.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:56 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:56:00 GMT
LAS VEGAS - Metro Police says a preteen who was assaulted Thursday during an attempted robbery has died. Investigators said the preteen was walking near Charleston Boulevard and Torrey Pines Drive withMore>>
Marcos Arenas, a Bonanza High School student who was assaulted Thursday during an attempted theft, has died, Metro Police said.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:39 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:39:56 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating two people found dead in an apartment complex near Desert Inn Road and Maryland Parkway. According to police, the bodies were found around 3 p.m. Friday atMore>>
Metro Police are investigating the deaths of a man and a woman whose bodies were found in an apartment Friday afternoon near Desert Inn Road and Maryland Parkway.More>>
LAS VEGAS - Photos snapped in the days before Oscar Mejia's death reveal no hint of the breakdown to come. The husband, father and businessman from Tampico, Mexico displayed a slimmed-down physique with his signature smile. His daughter Erendira Mejia-Guzman says her father engaged in a new commitment to improve his health for his family and for himself.
"That is the saddest part - that he didn't actually get to do everything he planned for," she said.
Erendira tries to reconcile the dad she knew with the delusional man she last saw in the emergency room at Sunrise Hospital. "It was kind of the show of the ER, because he was shouting," she said. "It wasn't like he could calm down. Everyone could notice there was something wrong."
State investigators say two hours after Mejia's arrival, doctors placed him on a legal psychiatric hold. Suicide precautions in the nursing notes required visual checks every fifteen minutes. Investigators found, however, hospital records failed to document any checks for nearly four hours, despite doctor's orders.
That was enough time for Mejia to suffocate himself with his hospital-issued socks.
Attorney David Sampson represents Mejia's family. "It's absolute neglect," he said. "You don't stabilize and make safe a condition where someone is suicidal and may kill themselves at any moment by putting them in a corner, and looking at them every 15 minutes, and then not even following through and doing that."
Mejia's death while awaiting mental health treatment is not an isolated incident, according to investigative reports obtained by the I-Team. A similar circumstance last May at MountainView Hospital resulted in the suicide of a 59-year-old patient. Records reveal he hanged himself with his belt minutes after learning his transport to a psychiatric facility was delayed until morning.
"Absolutely, it's a problem," said Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services Director Dr. Stuart Ghertner. "Two people have died. Other people could die. People without mental health problems could come in, and they could die as a result of this problem. All these things could happen if we don't do something now to fix it."
Included in the state mental health budget is a proposal for two medical transport vehicles to shuttle patients from the emergency room to the state mental hospital. Ghertner describes it as a short-term fix, not a solution.
"What this will do is it will shorten the wait time and decrease the number of people who are overcrowding ERs," he said.
That includes people like Oscar Mejia who, according to court records, spent 24 hours in an emergency room in a suicidal state without ever seeing a psychiatrist.
"I want to know why he wasn't deserving of treatment," said Mejia-Guzman. "What were they thinking? Why would they do that? I want justice for my dad."
Sunrise Hospital officials said in a statement, "We extend our deepest sympathy to the patient's family. Sunrise Hospital takes patient safety issues and regulatory compliance very seriously. The state investigated the matter and found that Sunrise Hospital is in compliance with the requirements regarding emergency care."
Officials with MountainView Hospital, meanwhile, also released a statement regarding the 59-year-old patient's suicide, saying, "We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the patient's family, as we are saddened by their loss. MountainView Hospital is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care for our patients.
In 2010, MountainView was presented the HealthInsight Award for demonstrating excellence in performance on publicly reported quality of care measures. This is just one of the many ways that MountainView is being recognized as a community leader in the advancement of patient care. Our commitment has always been and continues to be to provide a healing environment that is focused on patient safety, clinical excellence and customer service."
Most agree the solution is to create a one-stop-shop where mentally ill patients can receive medical and mental health screenings. That would remove the emergency rooms from the equation. With a $10 million price tag, however, such a facility is unlikely to receive funding anytime soon.