Emergencies and First Aid News

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2/15/2010
Elevators Can Bring Injury to Seniors

Researcher urges installation of bigger buttons to stop closing doors

2/15/2010
TV Shows Often Botch Proper Seizure Responses

Medical dramas could educate public with better portrayals of correct first aid, study suggests

2/11/2010
Quick Chest Pain Test Simplifies Discharge Decision

CT scan lets doctors see any blockage in arteries, study finds

2/4/2010
Review Spotlights Clues to Serious Childhood Infection

Signs may not be recognized because they are rare in developed countries, authors say

1/25/2010
Early EKG Seems to Improve Odds After Heart Attack

Administration by paramedics shortens time to specialized treatment, study finds

1/24/2010
Downhill Sports Can Take a Dangerous Turn

Expert advises skiers, snowboarders to keep alert and wear a helmet

1/15/2010
Traffic Crashes Send 3.5 Million to ERs

Of those, 8,000 died in emergency department, federal report shows

1/14/2010
Stabilizing Spine May Be Waste of Time in Gun, Knife Victims

Doubled chance of death in those not brought directly to trauma center, study finds

1/11/2010
More Aggressive Treatment for Weekend Stroke

Patients more apt to get a clot-dissolving drug than on weekdays, study found

12/31/2009
Drinking, Walking on New Year's Eve Risky Business

More pedestrians killed on Jan. 1 than on any other day of the year, research shows

12/29/2009
Caution Can Help Keep Elderly Safe During Winter

Hazards exist both indoors and outdoors, experts say

12/21/2009
Experts Say CPR by Untrained Bystander a Good Idea

Study found little harm done even when collapsed person didn't need it

12/19/2009
Child Safety Belongs at Top of Holiday Decorating List

Keep ornaments, lights out of reach of little hands

12/18/2009
Better Educated May Have Greater Asthma Control

Those with less than 12 years' schooling make more trips to the ER, study finds

12/16/2009
Synthetic Platelets Put the Brakes on Blood Loss

In animals, they cut bleeding time in half, but use in humans is still far off

11/25/2009
ER Visits for Elderly Rise During Thanksgiving

Experts say family members can panic, underestimate effects of normal aging

11/9/2009
Doctors Spending More Time Now With Patients

Quality of care increases with longer doctor visits, researchers add

11/6/2009
Trauma Deadlier for Kids Without Insurance

Finding emphasizes need to fix U.S. health care, expert says

11/5/2009
Doctors Point Out Gaps in U.S. Health Care

Survey finds poorer results, higher costs than in other countries

10/29/2009
Stroke Centers May Offer Best Shot at Recovery

Specialty facilities are more apt to give needed treatment, and faster, study finds

10/27/2009
Access to U.S. Burn Centers Varies by Region

Northeasterners have best proximity, southerners the worst, study finds

10/24/2009
Helmets Can Save Lives in Winter Sports

Injured skiers, snowboarders with head protection are less apt to lose consciousness, study finds

10/21/2009
Stroke Treatment Window May Allow a Bit More Time

Drug given within 4.5 hours still benefits patients, study shows

10/16/2009
Race, Insurance May Affect Testing of Kids in ER

Study finds more done for youths with chest pain who are white and have private coverage

10/7/2009
Trial Shows Heart Attack Education Makes Little Difference

But new study design might change response times, researcher says

10/5/2009
Tiny Batteries Can Cause Big Problems for Young Children

Ingestion of 'button' batteries may have serious consequences, researchers say

10/2/2009
Fresh Blood Boosts Survival in Trauma Patients

Death risk rises when transfused blood is more than 28 days old, study finds

10/1/2009
More Stroke Victims Get Clot-Busting Therapy

But many others get to hospital too late to benefit, study finds

10/1/2009
Alcohol May Help Protect Trauma Patients

Researchers theorize it might change the body's chemical response to injury

9/30/2009
Surgical Deaths Linked to Handling of Complications

Staffing and hospital culture play a role, expert contends

9/30/2009
Doctors May Be Able to Predict Domestic Abuse

Analysis of electronic medical records holds the key, study finds

9/25/2009
Alcohol Might Lower Death Rates in Brain Injury Patients

Could have protective effect, but also raises chances of complications, study shows

9/17/2009
More Chest Compressions During CPR Improves Survival Odds

Amount of time spent doing them directly related to success, study shows

9/15/2009
Blacks Fare Worse After Cardiac Arrest

Poor hospital care a big reason why, researchers say

9/15/2009
Emergency Medical Transport By Air Carries Risks

Stabilization of patients before flight may prevent many adverse events, researchers say

9/11/2009
Report Cards for Hospitals May Be Misleading

Ranking by death rates alone doesn't measure severity of cases, researchers say

9/7/2009
Let Orthopedic Surgery Wait Until Morning When Possible

More minor complications seen with 'after-hours' procedures, study finds

9/1/2009
Sometimes Angioplasty Can Wait

Artery-opening procedure can be done up to 21 hours later with milder heart attacks, study shows

8/26/2009
Newer, Better Tests for Heart Attacks

Troponin assays speed diagnosis, studies show

8/23/2009
It's Back to Basics to Save a Life

Despite new technology and methods, experts say simple CPR works best

8/18/2009
Ibuprofen Rated Best for Pain of Broken Arms

Study finds kids don't do as well when given acetaminophen with codeine

8/4/2009
Medicines Top Source of Kids' Poisonings

Over 70,000 children per year take painkillers, other drugs and end up in the ER, CDC says

8/2/2009
Rock-Climbing Injury Rate Soaring

First national study finds large jump in ER treatments since 1990

7/31/2009
Response Times Vary for In-Hospital Heart Attacks

Uneven results seen with defibrillation delays, researchers say

7/31/2009
ER Visits Mostly by Medicare, Medicaid Recipients

But government study also shows uninsured accounted for almost 1 out of 5 ER patients

7/31/2009
Even 9-Year-Olds Can Learn CPR

Students should be taught basic life-support skills, researchers say

7/29/2009
Put Defibrillators in High-Traffic Spots, Studies Urge

Experts warn against politicizing their placement

7/24/2009
Alcohol and Trauma: Blood Test Gets to the Truth

Taking samples from accident patients may offer a medical heads-up, study says

7/19/2009
Indoor Lightning Injuries On the Rise

Don't use hard-wired electrical devices while waiting out the storm

7/13/2009
Bathtub Accidents Injure 43,000 U.S. Kids Each Year

Manufacturers need to make tubs more slip-resistant, experts say