Emergencies and First Aid News

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3/27/2009
Third of EMS Stethoscopes Carry MRSA Bacterium

Doctor urges first responders to clean equipment regularly with alcohol wipes

3/26/2009
New Guidelines for Treating Heart Failure

Criteria include added section on hospital care and advice on drugs most effective in blacks

3/26/2009
Registry Created for Broken Heart Syndrome

Data collection aims to aid in recognizing, treating rare but real condition

3/23/2009
Blacks Wait Longer for Hospital Bed, Study Finds

Disparity of up to an hour led to worse outcomes but it can be fixed

3/20/2009
Most New EMS Recruits Overweight or Obese

Massachusetts finding has troubling implications for public safety, experts say

3/19/2009
Dearth of Data on Capabilities May Be Hurting ER Care

Day-to-day emergencies require coordination similar to trauma system, expert says

3/17/2009
Admissions for Prescription Painkiller Abuse on Rise

Alcohol treatment still heads list but figures decline, report finds

3/9/2009
CPR Can Save Young Lives, Too

Contrary to popular belief, study finds it works on kids, teens having heart attacks

3/8/2009
Dog Bite Risk for Kids Greatest in Summer

Family pets caused 27% of injuries; Pit bulls most often involved in attacks, study finds

2/27/2009
Snowblower Hand Injuries Often Extensive, Study Finds

Finger loss is one result, and experts urge better awareness of how machines work

2/20/2009
New Advances May Treat Stroke Faster, Better

Innovations include 'brain stents' and a clot-busting drug delivered directly to the brain

2/20/2009
Few Stroke Patients Get Clot-Busting Drug

tPA can reduce disability, but less than 3% of Medicare patients receive it, study shows

2/19/2009
Fast Arrival at Hospital After Stroke Pays Off

These patients were twice as likely to get clot-busting drug, study shows

2/18/2009
ER Less Likely to Diagnose Stroke in Younger Folks

New research finds misdiagnosis risk goes up as age goes down

2/11/2009
Experience Brings Better Angioplasty Outcomes

Patients treated by skilled doctors at high-volume hospitals do best, study finds

2/5/2009
Quick Stroke Treatment Improves Outcomes

Rapid action cuts death rate, costs, length of stay and risk of recurrence, study finds

2/2/2009
Health Tip: Caring for a Deep Cut

Suggestions for what to do

1/22/2009
New Brain Hemorrhage Guidelines Stress Quick Action

Hospitals with more expertise handling these attacks also boost survival outcomes

1/21/2009
EPA Alerts Seniors to Carbon Monoxide Dangers

Winter heating season prompts tips on how to avoid most common cause of poisoning in U.S.

1/20/2009
U.S. Heart Attacks Becoming Less Severe

Better control of blood pressure, other factors may be boosting survival, experts say

1/13/2009
Women With Heart Attack Symptoms See Delays in Care

Differences in initial symptoms could explain discrepancy, study suggests

1/9/2009
Certified ER Docs in Short Supply to Meet Future Needs

Even in best-case scenario, study says more than a decade needed to achieve goals

1/7/2009
Study of Everest Climbers Questions Oxygen Use

Whether low levels would work for ER patients with hypoxia remains unclear

1/2/2009
Shovel Snow Safely

Experts offer tips on how to avoid injury while performing winter task

12/29/2008
Family Needs to Know When Patient Survival Is Uncertain

In most cases, loved ones prefer doctors be honest about possible outcomes, study finds

12/25/2008
How to Avoid a Holiday Trip to the ER

Following basic safety rules should help keep celebrants safe

12/10/2008
U.S. May Soon Face Shortage of General Surgeons

It means people will wait longer for ER treatment, elective procedures, study says

12/10/2008
Car Crashes, Falls Top List of Accidental Injuries for Kids

CDC researchers say it's an under-recognized public health problem

12/2/2008
Rapid Response Teams Don't Cut Hospital Heart Attacks, Death Rates

Money may be better spent in other areas, experts say

11/24/2008
Parents Often Choose ER for Routine Kids' Care

Wait times, frustration with primary care doctors driving the trend, study finds

11/20/2008
When the Caregiver Becomes the Patient

Study finds those tending Alzheimer's relatives at risk for hospital visits of their own

11/19/2008
Patient's Race Doesn't Affect Emergency Room Care

Trauma treatment similar regardless of ethnicity, U.S. study finds

11/14/2008
IV 'Ice Slurry' Quickly Cools Body for Surgeries

Innovative approach could give heart attack victims, other patients more time, developers say

11/10/2008
Speed Not Always of the Essence With Heart Cases in ER

Study found some low-risk patients can wait for tests

11/7/2008
ER Physicians Press for New Cardiac Arrest Strategies

More bystander CPR, faster patient-to-doctor time would boost survival rates, survey finds

10/29/2008
Flu Vaccine Could Prevent 357,000 Deaths in Pandemic

Predictive model shows shots would also save $7 billion in related health-care costs

10/20/2008
Minorities More Likely to Die in ER

Lack of insurance could play a major role, study suggests

9/23/2008
Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates Vary Widely

Fivefold difference in 10 North American sites

9/23/2008
Heart Attack Care Often Delayed for the Poor

Reasons for slowed time to treatment remain unclear, experts say

9/21/2008
Fall Cleanup Is a Prime Time for Accidents

Whether it's raking leaves or climbing ladders for repairs, work safe

9/17/2008
Stress Disorder Affects 20% of Intensive Care Patients

Prior history of mental health problems, sedative use contribute to risk, study says

9/15/2008
Later Use of Clot-Buster After Stroke Possible: Study

tPA can be safely given beyond the current 3-hour limit, international researchers find

9/10/2008
Retail Clinics Attracting Those Without Regular Doctors

Users mostly seek preventive care or assistance with easy-to-treat illnesses, study says

8/18/2008
Older Patients Less Likely to Be Taken to Trauma Centers

Authors of new study say aim is to generate awareness of the problem

8/14/2008
Heart Drug Used in Ambulance Boosts Survival

High dose of tirofiban plus standard therapy had lower overall mortality, study finds

8/14/2008
Safety Triggers, Training Cut Nail Gun Injuries

Study urges more regulation of tools responsible for more than 35,000 ER visits yearly

8/7/2008
Many Miss Out on Stroke Treatment

Less than quarter of victims get to hospital quickly enough to limit damage, study shows

8/6/2008
ER, Doctor Visits Topped 1 Billion in 2006

As America grows older, that's an average of 4 a year per person, CDC report says

8/4/2008
OTC Cold Medicines Sending Children to Emergency Rooms

The FDA recently advised that kids under 2 not use these products

8/4/2008
Diving Accidents Common Among U.S. Kids

About 6,500 kids seen in ERs each year, study finds