Emergencies and First Aid News

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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

9/17/2010
Medicines Pose Greater Threat to Kids Than Chemicals

Poisonings often stem from pills left out or in a medicine cabinet, experts say

9/17/2010
Poison Experts Turn Phone Line Into a Lifeline

Medical training guides response when panicked parents seeks help, specialist says

9/10/2010
In Sudden Cardiac Arrest, Chest Compressions Matter

Outside hospital setting, using it before defibrillation may save lives, study found

9/9/2010
Injury Risk Greater in Poorer Neighborhoods, Study Finds

Residents in low-income areas have 20 times greater risk of trauma from guns and cuts

9/8/2010
Emergency Visits for Stomach Pain Rose Over Decade

Use of medical imaging also increased, U.S. government study found

9/7/2010
Urgent Care, Retail Clinics Offer Alternatives to ER Visits

Less expensive options could save over $4 billion a year in U.S. health care costs, study suggests

9/3/2010
Exposure to Violence May Aggravate Asthma, Study Finds

Researchers link stress of inner-city life to increased hospitalizations

9/2/2010
Response Team Reduces Rate of Cardiac Arrests: Hospital

'Code Blue' emergencies at VA center declined 57 percent in first two years, study shows

8/30/2010
Concussion Rates Soar Among Younger Kids

Pediatrician group issues new guidelines for sport-related head injuries

8/26/2010
Preexisting Health Issues Add to Problems for Disaster Survivors

People with disabilities, mental woes have toughest time recovering from hurricanes, bombings: analysis

8/11/2010
Underage Drinkers Rushed to ER Mostly Male

Better follow-up care needed, says federal expert

8/3/2010
One Therapy Session in ER Can Cut Teen Violence

Study found quick intervention would prevent one episode for every 10 kids seen

8/2/2010
Household Spray Cleaners Pose Greatest Danger to Toddlers

Good news is that accidental poisonings have dropped by almost half since 1990, U.S. report shows

7/28/2010
Chest Compressions Alone Best With CPR

Studies support bystanders not using mouth-to-mouth breathing

7/27/2010
Longer Time Frame for Clot-Busting Drug May Help Beat Stroke

Expanding the time limit from 3 to 4.5 hours doesn't appear to delay treatment, study suggests

7/26/2010
More Than 70,000 Kids Injured By Medical Devices Each Year

Contact lenses, IV tubes lead list of items causing trips to the ER, study shows

7/25/2010
Playgrounds More Fun When Safety Rules Come Into Play

More than 200,000 U.S. kids go from the playground to the hospital each year, group reports

7/24/2010
Each Summer, Falls Top the List of Ways Kids Get Hurt

Injuries are often 'predictable and preventable,' expert says

7/20/2010
Patient's 'Lost' Blood Can Be Reused in Trauma Surgery

Process safer, cheaper than using donated blood, study authors say

7/19/2010
Parents Can Help Limit Kids' Exposure to Medical Imaging

Expert advises asking some questions before allowing X-rays or CT scans

7/19/2010
Many False-Positive HIV Test Results for Those in AIDS Vaccine Trials

Almost half get the erroneous result, causing stigma and hampering trial enrollment, experts say

6/25/2010
Thunder Shouldn't Be Ignored, Weather Experts Warn

Safety campaign urges people to get indoors fast, stay there during storms

6/22/2010
Soccer Safety Not Just for the Pros

Even amateurs need to prepare before playing to avoid injury, experts say

6/17/2010
ER Visits Soaring for Prescription Painkiller Misuse

Abuse of OxyContin, Vicodin and the like keeps rising, U.S. government report shows

6/15/2010
Drug That Stops Bleeding Could Save Lives

Giving TXA to trauma victims could prevent 100,000 deaths worldwide each year, study suggests

6/12/2010
Lawn Mowers a Real Safety Hazard for Kids

Adults need to enforce rules to prevent injuries in children, experts warn

6/10/2010
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old

Two hours of aerobic activity a week lowers the risk, researchers found

6/10/2010
Violence on the Rise at U.S. Health Care Centers

Frustration with overburdened health care system may be one cause, experts say

6/3/2010
More Than Quarter of Stroke Patients Reach ER Within 'Golden Hour'

But many don't get critical clot-busting drug, study finds

6/1/2010
Surviving Cardiac Arrest Depends on Your Location

Study found death rate up to three times higher in poorer neighborhoods

5/24/2010
Swimming Lessons OK for Toddlers, Experts Say

Pediatricians' group policy change based on evidence that some kids may benefit

5/18/2010
Elderly Falls Linked to Altered Blood Flow in Brain

Exercise, treating hypertension may help, researchers say

5/17/2010
ER Docs Predict Jump in Emergency Room Visits

Despite health reform, they expect more crowding, fewer lifesaving services, survey shows

5/15/2010
At Any Age, Helmets Make Riding Safer

Cyclists urged to put a lid on brain injuries and deaths

5/14/2010
Early Treatment With Clot-Busting Drug Best After Stroke

After 4.5 hours, odds for good recovery decline sharply and risk of dying increases, study finds

5/13/2010
Too Many Wouldn't Call 911 If Stroke Hit

In Michigan survey, most said they'd try to get to ER on their own