The Health News USA February 20 2018

  • The state Department of Health says nearly 11,000 people in Ohio have been hospitalized for influenza this flu season. Ohio health department records show Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland, has had nearly double the number of flu hospitalizations thru February 10 as Franklin County, Ohio’s most populous county that includes Columbus.
  • A Canyon County legislator has proposed carving out a mental health exception to a felony battery law meant to protect health care workers. The bill was introduced last week in the Idaho House by Representative Christy Perry, Republican from Nampa and a candidate this year for Congress. The 2014 law made battery of health care workers a felony. Those workers have among the highest rates of on-the-job violence. Nurses, doctors, hospital security guards and others in Idaho have reported being stalked by angry patients, punched and kicked by patients who are drunk or high, attacked by patients who wanted prescription opioids, and injured so badly that they cannot work.
  • Long before authorities accused Nikolas Cruz of killing 17 people at his former high school in less than five minutes, state social workers, mental health counselors, school administrators, police and the FBI received warnings about his declining mental state and penchant for violence. Instead of taking decisive action to help Cruz, authorities left the troubled 19-year-old diagnosed with depression, autism and ADHD to essentially continue on his own down a path that prosecutors say led to the shooting Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with an AR-15 rifle.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 20th of February 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/State-says-more-than-10-000-Ohioans-hospitalized-12621745.php

The state Department of Health says nearly eleven thousand people in Ohio have been hospitalized for influenza this flu season. Ohio health department records show Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland, has had nearly double the number of flu hospitalizations thru February ten as Franklin County, Ohio’s most populous county that includes Columbus.

WJW-TV has reported Cuyahoga County Health Department data show there have been thirty flu-related deaths in the county this season, including nine during the week ending February ten. A two-year-old was among those deaths. The state health department says three children have died statewide during the flu season that began October one. State data show the total of ten thousand seven hundred eighty five flu-related hospitalizations thus far is well above Ohio’s five-year average for the period.

http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article200720769.html

A Canyon County legislator has proposed carving out a mental health exception to a felony battery law meant to protect health care workers. The bill was introduced last week in the Idaho House by Representative Christy Perry, Republican from Nampa and a candidate this year for Congress.

The two thousand fourteen law made battery of health care workers a felony. Those workers have among the highest rates of on-the-job violence. Nurses, doctors, hospital security guards and others in Idaho have reported being stalked by angry patients, punched and kicked by patients who are drunk or high, attacked by patients who wanted prescription opioids, and injured so badly that they cannot work.

The statute has been used hundreds of times since two thousand fourteen, mostly in Ada County. But an analysis of court cases by the Idaho Statesman found that prosecutors have used the law to charge people whose mental illness either caused or contributed to their behavior.

Defendants in fourteen out of thirty six recent cases reviewed by the Statesman likely fit that criteria. At the time of their arrest, they were at the health care facility to get psychiatric treatment, were there on an emergency mental hold, had severe mental illnesses, or their sentence acknowledged their mental illness by requiring medication or therapy. (Those fourteen cases do not include incidents where records suggest the defendant was on drugs or alcohol.) Almost all the defendants, faced with the prospect of a three-year jail sentence and a felony record, pleaded guilty to violent misdemeanors.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/02/18/missed-opportunities-alter-florida-shooters-path-records-show/349716002/

Long before authorities accused Nikolas Cruz of killing seventeen people at his former high school in less than five minutes, state social workers, mental health counselors, school administrators, police and the FBI received warnings about his declining mental state and penchant for violence. Instead of taking decisive action to help Cruz, authorities left the troubled nineteen-year-old diagnosed with depression, autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to essentially continue on his own down a path that prosecutors say led to the shooting Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with an AR-fifteen rifle, records obtained by the USA TODAY NETWORK show.

Social workers, mental health counselors and school administrators — the front line of defense for many young adults — documented and dismissed red flags during home visits and school evaluations, the records show.
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Police visited the family home dozens of times, but there is no indication what action, if any, officers took. As recently as January, the FBI received a tip about Cruz and his “desire to kill people,” but the information was never forwarded for investigation, the bureau confirmed Friday.
President Trump denounced the FBI’s error in a late night tweet Saturday, blaming the agency’s ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the two thousand sixteen presidential campaign.The FBI admitted Friday that it received a detailed tip about accused Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz in January but failed to follow up and investigate. “

Cruz’s lawyers plan to fight the death penalty by arguing that the community failed to heed the many warnings.

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