Emergencies and First Aid News

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5/23/2012
Regional Systems to Treat Severe Heart Attack Increasing

These systems coordinate emergency medical services and hospitals to speed patient care

5/23/2012
Clot Buster Seems to Help Up to 6 Hours After Stroke

Sooner is better, but window for using tPA may be longer than thought, study suggests

5/14/2012
Baby Bottles, Pacifiers, Sippy Cups Can Injure

Nationwide survey of ER visits revealed rates of cuts and bruises for infants, toddlers

5/14/2012
'Button' Batteries Sending More Kids to ER: Study

Emergency visits for accidental swallowing have doubled

5/11/2012
Lifesaving Defibrillators Often Not Nearby When Needed

Study found automated devices were usually too far away to save cardiac arrest victims

5/11/2012
Blacks Less Likely to Get Help on Scene After Cardiac Arrest: Study

Researchers stress that CPR and defibrillator use are critical before reaching the ER

5/5/2012
City Bike-Share Riders Seldom Wear Helmets

Experts say public programs are beneficial, but bareheaded biking is dangerous

5/3/2012
In Some Brain Bleeds, Patients Do Better at High-Volume Hospitals

Guidelines for treating 'aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage' revised

4/30/2012
Black Kids Less Apt to Get Meds for Stomach Pain in ER: Study

However, no differences seen in tests ordered or hospitalization rates

4/27/2012
Some Schools Don't Let Kids Carry Asthma Inhalers

Policies run counter to law, place children at risk, experts say

4/17/2012
Helicopter Beats Ground Transport for Trauma Victims: Study

For seriously injured, survival odds improve with helicopter ride to hospital, research shows

4/13/2012
Mental Illness Tied to Higher Rates of Physical Problems: Report

More chronic illness, ER visits and hospitalizations with conditions such as depression

4/11/2012
Mobile Stroke Units Might Trim Time to Treatment

But, overall outcomes were similar to patients treated in the hospital, German study shows

4/6/2012
Rapid Asthma Treatment in ER May Prevent Admission

Giving corticosteroids as soon as possible hastens recovery, study suggests

4/5/2012
ER Docs Can Help Curb Patient Alcohol Abuse, Drunk Driving

Effects of a 7-minute interview with an ER physician can last a year, study found

4/3/2012
BBQ Danger: Wires From Grill Cleaners Swallowed in Food

Patients suffer from throat, stomach injuries

4/2/2012
Study Supports CPR Chest Compressions for Cardiac Arrest

When defibrillation won't work, frequent compressions can help save lives, researchers say

4/1/2012
Changes in Insurance Make ER Visits More Likely: Study

Researchers note that coming health-care reforms may lead to surge in emergency department use

3/30/2012
When Paramedics Suspect Stroke, They're Usually Right

This means life-saving treatment can start earlier, study says

3/29/2012
911 Dispatchers May Suffer From Post-Traumatic Stress

Indirect exposure to disturbing events can cause psychological disorders, study says

3/27/2012
Cardiac Cocktail Delivered by Paramedics May Save Lives

Study found giving it early to heart attack patients halved cardiac arrest rates, death risk

3/26/2012
CT Scans Can Spot Heart Trouble Fast

Study shows chest-pain patients who are not having an attack could be discharged safely sooner

3/22/2012
Common Respiratory Virus Affecting Many Young Children

No vaccine for RSV, but hand washing can help prevent spread, expert says

3/21/2012
U.S. Health Systems Not Ready for Catastrophes: Report

Institute of Medicine says better coordination needed for effective response

3/20/2012
Adrenaline Therapy for Cardiac Arrest Linked to Worse Outcomes

In short-term, drug still helps restore the pulse, study found

3/19/2012
Excessive Drinking Costs U.S. Colleges Millions Annually

Price tag for ER visits can top $500,000 for larger universities, study finds

3/19/2012
Kids Using Synthetic Pot a Growing Public Health Concern

Popularity on rise despite illegality, uncertain ingredients, bad reactions

3/16/2012
Half of Stroke Victims Don't Call 911, Research Shows

Public needs more education about telling symptoms, experts say

3/12/2012
Stair-Related Injuries a Threat to Preschoolers: Study

Study estimates 931,000 youngsters hurt from 1999 to 2008

3/11/2012
Spring Break Safety Tips to Keep Vacation Fun

Smart choices can prevent serious injuries, ER docs say

2/29/2012
Sports Concussion: Myths and Facts

Expert describes recognition, symptoms and proper treatment of common injury

2/28/2012
Parents Often Right to Bring Kids With Fever to the ER: Study

But many fevers subside without treatment, aren't serious, U.S. expert says

2/22/2012
Hospitals Ranked for Emergency Medicine Quality

Report found patients admitted through the best ERs had significantly lower death rates

2/17/2012
More Neighborhood Bars Linked to Domestic Violence

Study found more cases requiring emergency-room care

2/15/2012
'Autoinjector' Offers Safe, Speedy Care for Life-Threatening Seizures: Study

Status epilepticus claims 55,000 lives a year but new drug delivery system could help

2/10/2012
Most Teens Who Self-Harm Are Not Evaluated for Mental Health in ER

Researchers say suicide risk is highest soon after such an incident

2/10/2012
Study Weighs Pros, Cons of Home or Hospital Birth

More seizures, lower Apgar scores found in home

2/9/2012
More People Need Training in Lifesaving Epinephrine Use, Advocates Say

Parents, educators, caregivers, friends can respond to severe food allergies

2/3/2012
Many Stroke Victims Still Don't Get Treated Fast Enough: Study

Researchers found response times haven't improved since 2005

2/2/2012
Married Men Seek Help for Stroke Sooner Than Their Wives

Men called 911 in less than a half hour, while women waited well over an hour, study finds

2/1/2012
Many Hispanics Don't Call an Ambulance For Stroke: Study

That may be one reason why they tend to do worse afterward than whites, researchers say

1/23/2012
Certain Seniors at Risk for Infection After ER Visit: Study

Going to hospital may spur respiratory, gastro illnesses in long-term care residents

1/16/2012
'Bath-Salts' Injection Leads to Flesh-Eating Disease

Patient underwent amputation, mastectomy, skin grafts after use at party

1/16/2012
Children's Drowning Injuries, Deaths Decline: Study

Youngest children at risk in bathtubs, older boys at most risk from swimming

12/23/2011
Keeping Kids Warm, Dry and Safe in Cold Weather

Expert offers tips to prevent frostbite, exposure this winter

12/15/2011
Toy Safety Tips Help Protect Kids

Experts offer precautions for parents and gift-givers alike

11/23/2011
Newer Blood Thinner May Pose Danger to Trauma Patients

Pradaxa has caused severe bleeding problems that can't be reversed, trauma surgeon says

11/16/2011
Older ER Patients Less Likely to Get Pain Meds, Data Shows

Researchers say doctors may fear side-effects in the elderly

11/10/2011
Drugs Slipped Into Drinks Sending Many to ER: Report

Majority of victims are women, but nearly 40 percent are male, researchers note.

11/4/2011
Earthquakes Put Millions of Lives, Major Cities at Risk

One of three victims will die from their injuries in massive temblors, researchers estimate