Emergencies and First Aid News

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11/3/2011
More People Landing in the ER After Abusing Muscle Relaxant: Report

Carisoprodol, when misused or taken with other meds, can have dangerous sedative effects

10/24/2011
Illegal Silicone Buttock Injections Can Be Deadly: Experts

At least one woman died and others came close after illicit procedures from non-physicians

10/17/2011
Many Don't Believe Their Obesity is Unhealthy: Study

Research involving ER patients finds poor communication with doctors a big factor

10/14/2011
More Children Visiting ERs for Psychiatric Care

Lack of mental health resources might drive the increase, study says

10/9/2011
Number of U.S. Kids Injured on Halloween Is Scary

Children at 4 times the risk of being hit by a car on Oct. 31 than any other night, experts warn

10/7/2011
ER Crowding May Encourage Poor Hand Hygiene

Gloves are no substitute for infection-preventing hand-washing practices, researchers say

10/5/2011
More Americans Face Longer Trips to ER

Closures affect disproportionate numbers of minorities, the poor, uninsured, study says

9/19/2011
Hospitals Serving More Minorities Have Higher Trauma Death Rate

New study suggests insurance, funding issues may be the culprit

9/16/2011
Accidental Medication Poisonings in Kids on the Rise

Greater availability, easier access to drugs in home may be to blame, researchers suggest

9/15/2011
Heavy Drinking Ups Odds of Death in House Fire

Roughly 60% of fire victims were intoxicated, Australian study finds

8/30/2011
Temporary ER Staff Linked to More Medication Errors

Problems may stem from unfamiliarity with procedures, quality issues at hospital in general

8/29/2011
Many Use ER for Routine Follow-Up Care After Hospital Discharge

Uninsured, publicly insured most likely to misuse emergency department for minor issues, study says

8/29/2011
Use Caution in Ending Life Support for Brain-Injured, Experts Say

Study found that the rate of these crucial decisions varied between hospitals

8/26/2011
Dialysis Patients Unprepared for Disasters, Study Contends

Many don't know the location of an alternative dialysis center, researchers say

8/22/2011
Most Heart Attack Patients Who Need Angioplasty Quickly Get It: Study

Coordinated efforts by hospital staff across the United States led to the improvement, report says

8/17/2011
Sprained Ankles Straining ER Resources, Study Finds

Researchers argue for other approaches to treatment, such as emergency doctor visits

8/15/2011
New Strategy Trains All Soldiers in Trauma Care

The goal: Saving more lives on the battlefield

8/12/2011
Disabilities From 9/11 Behind Rising Retirements for NYC Firefighters

Researchers say attacks, aftermath have had 'enormous impact' on responders' health

7/28/2011
Heat-Linked Illnesses Strike Thousands Each Year: Report

CDC researchers say these conditions are largely preventable

7/21/2011
Elderly at Greater Risk for Heat Stroke, Experts Warn

Older people don't adapt to high temperatures as well and need to take steps to keep cool

7/14/2011
Skin Lesions Often Misdiagnosed as Spider Bites

Patients getting unnecessary antivenom because of misinformation, experts say

7/11/2011
Coordinated Cooling Effort After Cardiac Arrest Can Improve Outcomes

Study found new system reduced neurological damage among patients

7/8/2011
Windows Pose Safety Risk for Young Children, Experts Warn

Simple tips can help parents, caregivers prevent potentially fatal falls

6/30/2011
July 4 Weekend Dangerous for Underage Boys Who Drink: Report

ER visits double for young males when alcohol is involved, researchers say

6/22/2011
Health Tip: Create a First Aid Kit

Here's what to include

6/20/2011
Faster Transition From CPR to Defibrillator May Save Lives

A CPR pause of 20 seconds or more before electric shock to heart cuts chance of survival, study finds

6/18/2011
Adults Reminded to Keep Kids Away From Lawn Mowers

Accidents can be devastating for children, but they are also preventable, expert says

6/17/2011
Kids With Minor Head Injury May Not Need Hospitalization

OK to discharge most children with normal CT scan after minor blunt trauma, study suggests

6/13/2011
Heart Attack Victims Face Greater Risk of Dying When Ambulances Are Diverted

Medicare patients turned away from nearest hospital more likely to die, study finds

6/11/2011
Insect Stings Hold Deadly Risk for Some

New guidelines issued to help diagnose, treat those with insect allergies

6/10/2011
ER Docs Frustrated, Burned Out by Repeat Patients: Survey

Use of ER for routine, non-emergency care is a national problem, researchers find

6/3/2011
Emergency Care May Be Key to Hospital Readmissions

Recent inpatients are twice as likely to be admitted again, study finds

6/1/2011
ERs Frequented by Kids With Behavioral Problems: Report

Repeated visits often for non-emergency psychiatric problems, researchers find

5/26/2011
Experts Say Stroke Care Differs for U.S. Minorities

Variations span from less awareness of symptoms to slower delivery of treatment, report finds

5/16/2011
Don't Delay Emergency Care When Asthma Flare-Ups Strike

Study found waiting led to worse outcomes, including hospitalization

5/15/2011
Spring Cleaning Lands Many Americans in Hot Water

Doctor provides tips on how to avoid some pitfalls associated with the season

5/12/2011
Treat Snakebites With Adrenaline, Study Says

It reduced the risk of severe allergic reactions to antivenom treatment

4/24/2011
Nail Guns Often Sold Without Safety Advice: Study

Most staff offer buyers little guidance about using these hazardous tools

4/14/2011
Close-Knit Neighborhoods Raise Chances of Stroke Survival

Protective effect seen only with white seniors, researchers report

4/14/2011
With Safety Devices in Place, Kids' Injuries Decline: Study

Researchers urge broader use in the home of outlet covers, cabinet locks and more

3/24/2011
ER Visits From Ecstasy Jump 75 Percent, U.S. Study Finds

Hospitals treat drug's young users for agitation, heat stroke, even heart failure, report notes

3/22/2011
Trauma Patients Seem More Likely to Survive on Weekends

Victims may benefit from more attention outside of regular weekday hours, researchers say

3/21/2011
Severe Blood Clots Should be Treated Aggressively: Heart Docs

Heart association releases new guidelines on worst-case deep vein thrombosis, complications

3/18/2011
Domestic Abuse Often Escapes Notice of ER Staff: Study

Most not identified as victims when treated in emergency department

3/15/2011
U.S. Unprepared for Major Radiation Emergency: Survey

Lack of comprehensive response plans puts public health at risk in many states, experts say

3/12/2011
Asthma Awareness Can Help Prevent Rush to ER: Experts

Thousands wind up in hospital daily because of poorly managed disease, physicians' group says

3/8/2011
Simply Watching a CPR Video Might Save Lives

Short message gives people confidence to help when someone has heart attack, experts say

3/4/2011
1 in 5 Patients at California ERs Leaves Without Being Seen

While nationwide trends are unclear, experts blame state's situation on overcrowding, ER closures

2/17/2011
Crib Injuries Land Thousands of Toddlers in ER Each Year

Study shows most involve children trying to climb out and falling on floor

2/14/2011
Nonmilitary More Likely to Return to War Zone After Psych Condition

Researcher suggests more focus on medical issues facing civilian workers