October 24, 2020

Transportation barriers to care may increase likelihood of emergency surgical intervention

CHICAGO: Transportation barriers, such as personal access to a vehicle or public transportation, disproportionally affect minority communities, according to results of a new study presented at the virtual American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress 2020.

The study was performed by researchers at the University of Colorado at Aurora who used geographic information systems (GIS) to better understand traffic paths to hospitals offering elective and emergency surgical care throughout Denver. They tracked public transportation routes across census tracts and found areas with higher minority populations have nearly double the travel time burden to health care facilities when using public transportation.

Facilities with acute surgical capacity (emergency department, intensive care unit, and acute care surgery services) were identified within a 20-mile radius of the city center. Travel times were then estimated from the center of each census tract to the nearest facility by the shortest route. Using this method, the researchers

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Increase in bicycle theft from garages, storerooms in Pretoria east

By Sakhile Ndlazi Time of article published30m ago

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Pretoria – Brooklyn police have urged residents to take extra steps to protect their wheels after a rash of bike thefts in Pretoria east in recent weeks.

According to Captain Colette Weilbach, they had been experiencing an increase of bicycle theft during burglaries.

“Recently bicycle owners discovered that their wheels were stolen during the night from their garages or storerooms. These crimes frequently occurred in Menlo Park and Erasmuskloof,” Weilbach said.

Management at Hot Spot Cycles bicycle shop in Atterbury said although the crime was nothing new, they had seen a spike in insurance claims at their Pretoria branch, especially since alert level 2 of the lockdown.

A customer recently claimed for two high-end bicycles to the tune of R300 000. Other claims ranged from R10 000 and above. “It’s not new, but it’s becoming

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