Southwest Airlines Flight Death

Philadelphia’s medical examiner says that a woman killed when she was partially blown out of a Southwest Airlines plane died of blunt impact trauma to her head, neck and torso.

Spokesman James Garrow of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health said Wednesday evening that Jennifer Riordan’s death was ruled accidental.

https://apnews.com/5dc6f818204c4c299eef8764e826e0ba

By Associated Press

Lead in City Hall

James Garrow, the city’s director of Digital Public Health, noted the Lead and Healthy Homes Program “is actually driven by the presence of children, not the simply the presence of lead in the environment.”

In other words, our unscientific findings at City Hall don’t exactly mesh with the focus of that effort as it “does not focus on work environments.”

http://www.phillyvoice.com/philadelphia-city-hall-lead-exposure-testing-positive-results-mayor-kenney/

By Brian Hickey

Translation of Critical Health Information

Heath Dept. spokesperson James Garrow told Billy Penn the city does already translate some documents, on a case-by-case basis.

These documents are usually grouped with the English documents on the department website, he said. Per Garrow, it takes two to three business days to translate a document to Spanish, via the city’s translation vendor, Geneva Worldwide.

https://billypenn.com/2018/02/15/phillys-health-department-should-release-opioid-information-in-spanish-advocates-say/

By Michaela Winberg

Safe Injection Sites

When would a SIF open in Philadelphia?

That’s still unclear. While city officials have given the green light for a facility to open in Philadelphia, they still need to find a private operator to run it. James Garrow, a spokesperson for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, told TIME that some parties have expressed interest, but declined to name them.

http://time.com/5128626/safe-injection-facilities-us-philadelphia/

By Jaime Ducharme

The Medical Examiner’s Costs of the Opioid Epidemic

In Philadelphia, the number of autopsies at the medical examiner’s office has risen about 20 percent since 2013, from 2,489 to 3,018 last year, said department spokesman James Garrow. That required a doubling in the budget for supplies and materials — gowns, safety equipment, and body bags — and the hiring of a new assistant medical examiner. The city doesn’t break out individual costs. “We’re too big an operation,” Garrow said.

http://www.philly.com/philly/health/addiction/bodies-opioid-ods-coroners-oxycontin-marino-trump-cdc-cadavers-philadelphia-pathologists-autopsies-norristown-toxicology-20171018.html

By Sam Wood