Emergencies and First Aid News

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1/24/2013
ER Admissions Over Holidays Linked to Higher Death Rates

Hospital in Scotland found public holiday emergency cases more likely to die within a week or month

1/22/2013
Hospital Readmissions All Too Common, U.S. Studies Find

It's a complex, system-wide problem, expert says

1/21/2013
Prolonged CPR May Boost Chances for Cardiac Arrest Victims

Performing resuscitation efforts in hospital for more than standard 20 minutes increased survival, studies find

1/16/2013
ER Visits Linked to Energy Drinks Double: Report

Most cases involved young adults, 42 percent involved drugs or alcohol, government survey found

1/15/2013
Inserting Breathing Tube May Not Be Best for Victims of Cardiac Arrest

Patients in large study seemed to do better when emergency workers used older ventilation method

1/12/2013
Winter Holds Many Hazards for Seniors, Expert Warns

Preparation, caution can help keep elderly safe from injuries and illness related to season

1/10/2013
Blood Disorder Cases Tied to Prescription Painkiller Abuse

Addicts crushed, dissolved and injected Opana ER pills, CDC says

12/31/2012
Another New Year's Hazard: Drunk Walking

Pedestrians with high blood alcohol can end up in the ER, trauma expert warns

12/26/2012
Some Kids Abusing Common Baking Ingredients

Trends such as swallowing dry cinnamon, stuffing marshmallows can cause choking emergencies

12/24/2012
Nearly One-Third of Kids With Food Allergies May Be Bullied

Study found torment is often 'just' teasing but can be more threatening

12/20/2012
Palliative Care Eases Suffering for Seniors at End of Life: Study

Such patients in long-term care were less depressed, had fewer ER visits

12/19/2012
States Lagging in Emergency Preparedness: Report

Budget cuts, complacency threaten gains in U.S. readiness, public health experts warn

12/17/2012
Fewer Children Injured From Swallowing Caustic Chemicals: Study

Despite better prevention efforts, too many kids still consume household cleaning products

12/17/2012
New Guidelines Seek to Streamline Care for Worst Heart Attacks

Time is of the essence to avoid brain damage and save lives, experts say

12/10/2012
Gaps in Care Found for Sickle Cell Disease Patients

More effort needed to ease transition to adulthood, researchers say

12/4/2012
'Synthetic Pot' Sending Thousands of Young People to ER: Report

Users don't know what chemical mix they're getting or which complications can arise, experts warn

11/30/2012
Make Sure Toys You Buy Are Safe for Tots

Keep kids' ages in mind when shopping, doctors urge

11/29/2012
Climbers With Altitude Sickness Show Signs of Brain Bleeds Years Later

Mountaineers who've had the illness should gradually prepare for rising elevations, researchers say

11/26/2012
Injuries Skyrocket From Inflatable Bounce Houses: Study

Dozens of kids treated daily on average in U.S. emergency rooms

11/25/2012
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Hazards Rise in Colder Weather

Heating devices such as fireplaces, furnaces, lanterns can emit deadly gas

11/13/2012
Doctors Need Better Ways to Spot, Treat Concussion in Kids

Survey suggests need for improved training, quicker response

11/12/2012
Genital Injuries Common But Preventable, Researchers Say

Men more often hurt, with younger males tending to get injured on bikes, older males slipping in the tub

11/9/2012
Study: Allergies Need to Be Taken Seriously

Found that those who wound up in the hospital often did not have epinephrine, had not seen allergist

11/2/2012
Food Allergies Can Make Kids Targets for Bullies

Some children reported that other kids intentionally contaminated their food with allergens

11/2/2012
Power Slowly Returns to Much of Northeast After Sandy

But almost 4 million remain without electricity as death toll rises to 92

11/1/2012
Sandy's Death Toll Rises, Even as East Coast Struggles Back to Life

At least 75 are dead and millions remain without power

10/31/2012
Sandy Leaves Massive Blackouts, Flood Damage in Her Wake

At least 51 are dead and millions are left without power

10/30/2012
Sandy's Wrath Brings Massive Blackouts, Flooding Across Northeast

At least 39 are dead and millions are left without power

10/29/2012
Keep Pets Safe During Hurricane Sandy

Experts remind people to take special care of their animals in emergency situations

10/29/2012
Millions Brace as Hurricane Sandy Slams the East Coast

Residents stock up on emergency supplies, while evacuations ordered, public transit shut down

10/29/2012
Docs Make Push to Lower Kids' Pain, Stress in ER

Pediatric group recommends ways to better manage distress

10/28/2012
Millions Prepare as Hurricane Sandy Starts Assault on East Coast

Residents stock up on emergency supplies, while evacuations ordered, public transit shut down

10/28/2012
Harvest Season Can Be Hazardous for Farmers

ER doctor offers safety advice to avoid traumatic injuries, other health problems

10/26/2012
Hurricane Sandy Has East Coast in Its Crosshairs

Start making emergency preparations now, experts say, because it could rival 1991's 'perfect storm'

10/26/2012
Swallowing Nasal Sprays, Eye Drops Can Harm Kids, FDA Warns

Even ingesting tiny amounts of over-the-counter drops, sprays can have serious effects

10/25/2012
Get Ready for Hurricane Sandy, Experts Warn

Its severity could rival 1991's 'perfect storm,' forecasters predict

10/23/2012
Kids Still Swallowing Magnets Despite Warning Labels

When more than one is ingested, they can cause life-threatening complications in stomach, bowel

10/22/2012
Post-Flight Fainting May Signal Dangerous Blood Clot: Study

Long-distance flights can increase people's risk for pulmonary embolism, researchers say

10/19/2012
'Plugged-In' Teens Vulnerable in Traffic: Study

Research shows they're more likely to be hit by cars while using electronic devices

10/15/2012
Drop in Illicit Drug Use in Cities, Uptick in Prescription Drug Abuse

ER visits from street drugs declined 8 percent in 3-year period, study found

10/8/2012
CT Scans of Kids in ER With Stomach Pain Skyrockets

Between 1998 and 2008, CT use ballooned from 1 percent to 15 percent of these cases, study shows

10/7/2012
Doctor Offers Hunting Safety Tips

Heart attacks, falls bring many hunters to the emergency room

10/4/2012
Lung Function Recovery Seen in People Exposed to World Trade Center Site

Breathing tests improved more for 9/11 rescue crews than nearby workers

10/2/2012
Many Pedestrians Hit By Cars Are Distracted By Mobile Devices

The problem is much more common among children, teens

9/27/2012
Hospital Observation Units Could Save Billions in Health Costs, Study Says

ER patients not ready for home can receive care in these units instead of being admitted as inpatients

9/21/2012
Injuries No Worse for Tasered Teens Than Adults: Study

Most teens subdued by police were larger, older

9/13/2012
Many More U.S. Households Ready for Disasters: CDC

But most don't have a written evacuation plan, researchers find

9/5/2012
Longer Resuscitation After Cardiac Arrest May Be Warranted, Study Suggests

Finding is controversial since common practice is to cease efforts early when patients fail to respond

8/30/2012
Tiny Batteries Pose Growing Threat to Kids

So-called button batteries can cause choking and death, report warns

8/29/2012
ER Study Shows Drop in Deaths After Trauma Injury

Experts say advances in treatment, better guidelines over past decade may explain trend