Emergencies and First Aid News

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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

2/11/2011
Need for Blood and Organ Donors Continues to Grow

Many unaware of the ease of donating, and saving a life, experts say

2/9/2011
Males' Drug-Related Suicide Attempts Vary by Month

Boys aged 12 to 17, men over 50 most at risk in December, U.S. researchers find

2/9/2011
Warming Injections May Take Out the Sting

Shots less painful when heated to body temperature, researchers say

2/4/2011
Hallucinogens Legally Sold as 'Bath Salts' a New Threat

These products can spur self-destructive 'highs' but are legal in most states, experts warn

1/30/2011
Running-Related Injuries on the Rise in U.S. Kids: Study

Formal guidelines needed to help adults teach children the proper way to run, expert suggests

1/28/2011
Older Patients May Get Lower Quality Care at Trauma Centers

Few facilities were rated as providing high-quality care for both old and young, study finds

1/26/2011
Widespread Use of Defibrillators in Public Places Saves Lives: Study

They're more effective than CPR for sudden cardiac arrest, one expert says

1/26/2011
FDA Panel Recommends Tougher Standards for External Defibrillators

Recalls, failure to fix problems spurred agency to ask for more oversight

1/25/2011
Elderly With Dementia, Delirium Confused by ER Visits: Study

Often unlikely to understand why they're at hospital or follow discharge instructions

1/22/2011
Snow Shoveling Injuries Affect Old and Young, Expert Warns

Problems ranging from heart attacks to horseplay lead many shovelers to ERs each year

1/17/2011
Warfarin Use May Raise Risk of Death From Traumatic Injuries

Researchers found chances almost doubled; say ER docs need to check elderly patients

1/13/2011
Bottle Rockets Can Cause Serious Eye Injuries in Kids

Protective eyewear urged, even for bystanders, whenever these fireworks are used

1/6/2011
12/30/2010
For Many, Sledding Ends in Dash to the ER

Experts offer tips on how to keep kids safe while enjoying winter play

12/30/2010
ER Visits by Underage Drinkers Spike on New Year's

Adults urged to talk to kids about dangers of alcohol use at this time of year

12/27/2010
Carbon Monoxide May Be Greater Threat in Winter

This odorless gas causes 4,000 hospitalizations in U.S. each year, doctors say

12/20/2010
Most Trauma Patients Not Transferred Within Mandated Time Frame in Illinois

But study finds docs still making right calls on which patients need to be moved quickly

12/15/2010
Severe Pain Can Trigger Suicide in Hospital ERs

Caregivers urged to watch for signs in people without psychiatric illness

12/5/2010
Put Ladder Safety on Your Holiday To-Do List, Experts Say

Simple steps can help prevent decorating-related falls this season

11/30/2010
Confusing Labeling Found on Many Nonprescription Kids' Meds

Related dosing mix-ups could have serious consequences, researchers warn

11/29/2010
Shortage of On-Call Trauma Surgeons in U.S. Hospitals: Poll

Survey of emergency department directors finds coverage in many facilities is inadequate

11/24/2010
Holiday Drinking Can Kill, Experts Warn

Drunk-driving accidents, heart problems, home injuries are preventable, say U.S. emergency doctors

11/21/2010
Behavior Disorders Boost Crash Risk for Teen Boys: Study

ADHD drivers face similar risks as epilepsy patients and are urged to take steps to avoid accidents

11/15/2010
School Programs for Cardiac Arrest Saving Lives

Students, staff who use AEDs, CPR save up to 45 percent of victims, study finds

11/15/2010
For Some, Care May Be Withdrawn Too Soon After Cardiac Arrest

Studies suggest that patients receiving therapeutic hypothermia need more time to recover

11/15/2010
CPR Guidelines May Lower Out-of-Hospital Death Rate

One U.S. city gained a fourfold jump in patient survival since 2006, EMS director says

11/7/2010
Many Falls, and Resulting ER Visits, Can Be Prevented

Youngest and oldest at highest risk, but everyone can benefit from simple household precautions

10/22/2010
Disaster Planners Should Give Higher Priority to Kids: Survey

Most Americans believe children deserve life-saving treatments before adults with same condition

10/18/2010
New CPR Guidelines Emphasize Compressions First

American Heart Association says press hard and fast, whether an expert or untrained

10/15/2010
More U.S. Kids Getting Hurt Using All-Terrain Vehicles

30% of those hospitalized suffered traumatic brain injury, researchers found

10/15/2010
More Evidence That Compression-Only CPR Works Best

Avoiding mouth-to-mouth allows responders to keep blood flowing, researchers say

10/5/2010
Hypertonic Fluids Don't Seem to Aid Brain Injury Outcome

No benefit from early electrolyte treatment outside hospital in patients who aren't in shock, study finds

10/5/2010
MRI, CT Scans for ER Patients Triple Over Decade

But researchers question whether patients benefit

10/5/2010
'Hands-Only' CPR May Work Best for Cardiac Arrest

Mouth-to-mouth unnecessary and may discourage bystanders from trying to help, study finds

10/1/2010
Most Suicidal Teens Seen in ER Receive Follow-up Care

Nearly 95 percent see mental health professional within a month, study shows

9/30/2010
Blacks More Likely to Die in Motorcycle Crash Than Whites

Despite better helmet-wearing behavior, black riders at greater risk, data shows

9/29/2010
Not All Chest Pain Treated Equally in U.S. Hospitals: Study

Blacks, Hispanics, uninsured seem less likely than whites to get immediate emergency room care

9/29/2010
Health Tip: Pack a First Aid Kit

What to take when traveling

9/26/2010
ER Visits for Kids' Ice Hockey Injuries Soar

From 1990 to 2006, emergency treatment for players aged 9 to 14 rose 163 percent, study finds

9/21/2010
Delayed Appendicitis Surgery Not Linked to Worse Outcomes

Operating time and hospital stays slightly longer, but differences not clinically significant, study finds