Mercy Hospital Fort Smith in Fort Smith, Ark., is doubling the size of its Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center to meet growing demand, spokeswoman Jennifer Cook said. The new space is scheduled to open in January.
Lincare's facility in Little Rock, Ark., received a warning letter from the FDA over unsanitary conditions in its drug compounding area, where five pests were found during an inspection. The Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy called on the FDA to conduct the inspection following reports that four patients who took drugs produced at the site had to be hospitalized.
The family of a little boy in Arkansas who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after a stroke said he showed improvements following four treatments of cord blood stem cells. The boy is the fifth patient in a trial to undergo cord blood stem cell therapy for the condition.
Piggott Community Hospital in Piggott, Ark., now offers a wound management program as part of its weekly clinic to provide a more convenient option for local residents. Staff will conduct an evaluation and create a customized treatment plan for clinic patients dealing with diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infected or necrotizing wounds, trauma wounds, complex soft tissue wounds and other ailments.
9-1-1 call centers in Searcy and North Little Rock, Ark., have introduced Smart911 technology that allows citizens to create online profiles for emergency responders that include medical conditions, allergies, disabilities, the number of residents and pets in a home, locations of bedrooms, history of being threatened and photographs. Officials are rolling out the program statewide over the coming year, funded by the federal stimulus program.