State Government Press Releases

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11/17/2010
On September 30, the Department of Health (HEALTH) received notification from Women & Infants Hospital of two separate cases of a patient with a retained foreign object (RFO) after surgery. The first incident occurred on July 24 when a piece of rolled gauze was left inside a patient following...
11/05/2010
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) advises Rhode Islanders that decorative contact lenses (i.e., theatrical opaque contact lenses) are being sold in Rhode Island to people who do not have a prescription. HEALTH received a report of a high-school student who had corneal abrasions and...
10/29/2010
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) announce that recent test results have led them to lift a temporary advisory issued on August 27, 2010 regarding contact with water from Melville Pond in Portsmouth. In August, a...
10/26/2010
On August 9, 2010, the Department of Health (HEALTH) received notification from Rhode Island Hospital that during a neurosurgery procedure at RIH on August 4, 2010, a piece of a broken drill bit was left in the patientís skull after the surgery was completed. HEALTH conducted a joint...
10/21/2010
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) are alerting the public that a stray calico cat that has been seen in the Route 102 (Victory Highway) area of Coventry and West Greenwich was caught and has tested positive for rabies.
10/21/2010
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) and the Rhode Island Breastfeeding Coalition (RIBC) today presented Rhode Island Medical Imaging (RIMI) with a silver Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Award for support of breastfeeding mothers and promoting breastfeeding among employees and clients...
10/12/2010
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) announce that recent test results have led them to lift a temporary advisory issued on August 24, 2010 regarding contact with water from the Turner Reservoir, Ten Mile River, and Omega...
10/01/2010
Today, the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) reissues a call for applications for operation of a medical marijuana compassion center. Nonprofit corporations that wish to apply may download a revised application at www.health.ri.gov/programs/medicalmarijuana. The deadline to submit the...
09/23/2010
Falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries for people 65 and older. Every year, more than 18,000 older Americans die because of a fall. In Rhode Island, falls-related injuries are the cause of 2,370 hospitalizations and more than 120 deaths. The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) is...
09/23/2010
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) advises consumers of a drug take-back day on Saturday, September 25. These events are sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and give people the opportunity to have expired, unwanted or unused prescriptions or over-the-counter...