Emergencies and First Aid News

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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

8/21/2012
Rosie O'Donnell's Heart Attack a Lesson for Women

Symptoms can be subtler than in men, experts say

8/14/2012
Physical, Mental Toll of Japanese Nuke Plant Meltdown Assessed

Residents living near doomed reactor showed relatively low radiation exposure, study found

8/13/2012
Strategy May Help ER Docs Spot Heart Attacks Within an Hour

Cardiac enzyme data may enhance diagnosis, but some experts say more study is needed

8/7/2012
Weekends More Fatal for Older Patients With Head Injury: Study

Death risk rose when hospital admission occurred on Saturday, Sunday

8/6/2012
Minority Patients at Higher Risk of Having Ambulances Diverted

California researcher says rerouting to other ERs can harm patients' health

8/3/2012
Trauma Patients at Higher Risk of Dying of Hypothermia: Study

Paramedics can help by controlling IV temperature and heating ambulance, researcher says

7/30/2012
'Women and Children First?' Not So, Says Study

But critic questions conclusions about who is saved first during ship sinkings

7/25/2012
High-Tech CT Scan May Get People With Chest Pain Home Faster

But benefit for low-risk patients isn't clear as test increases cost and radiation exposure

7/20/2012
Many Americans Not Prepared for Disasters: Poll

Nearly half of adults surveyed do not have emergency supplies, researchers find

7/19/2012
Tornadoes Don't Have to Be Deadly, Experts Say

Having a 'safe room' nearby, staying alert to warnings key to saving lives, CDC notes

7/9/2012
Stroke Patients Hospitalized on Weekends Don't Seem to Do As Well

U.K. study shows worse outcomes for those admitted on Sundays

7/4/2012
Leave 4th of July Fireworks to Professionals

Report shows about 6,200 people went to the ER for holiday-related injuries in 2011

7/2/2012
It's Not So Much the Heat, It's the Lack of Power

Expert advice on how to stay cool if you've lost your electricity

6/26/2012
Clot-Busting Stroke Drug Safe for Many Who Take Warfarin

Study finds emergency use of tPA is warranted for these patients, within certain parameters

6/26/2012
U.S. Blood Supply at Dangerously Low Levels: Red Cross

Donations fell by 50,000 in June, experts note

6/25/2012
More Vigilance Needed to Protect Kids With Food Allergies

Study showed more than 70% suffer reactions after exposure, 11% of those severe

6/21/2012
As Heat Builds, Take Steps to Protect Yourself

Experts offer advice on how to steer clear of dehydration -- or worse

6/7/2012
9 in 10 Blacks With High Blood Pressure Have Early Heart Disease

Images showed many had the beginnings of heart disease even though they had no symptoms

6/6/2012
Disaster-Preparedness Tips for People With Disabilities

Practice getting out of the house, line up supplies for service animals, experts say

6/5/2012
Statewide Program Improved Heart-Attack Survival: Study

North Carolina patients were transferred more quickly to hospitals that perform lifesaving procedure

5/30/2012
Summer's Heat May Enflame Hives

Skin condition can be temporary or chronic, experts say

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