Emergencies and First Aid News

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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

7/1/2009
CPR Survival Rates for Older People Unchanged

Lack of improvement in death rates, experts say, may be because recipients are sicker

6/30/2009
Even After Death, Heart Attack Treatment May Not End

Too often, EMS crews feel obliged to bring unresponsive patient to hospital, study finds

6/23/2009
Experimental Urine Test Spots Appendicitis

Holds promise for faster, more accurate diagnoses, researchers say

6/14/2009
Keep Safety in Mind While Cooling Off in the Water

Youngsters need extra vigilance near pools, beaches and hot tubs, experts warn

6/1/2009
1 in 3 U.S. Kids Lack Nearby Trauma Care

Over 17 million are an hour or more away from quality treatment, report finds

5/29/2009
Safety Gear Helping to Strike Out Baseball Injuries

Greater use of proper equipment may lead to fewer emergency visits, research suggests

5/20/2009
When Chest Pain Requires Quick Action in ER

Urgency needed in only one-third of cases, study says

5/14/2009
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives

Publicly accessible devices prevent heart-attack deaths, study finds

5/4/2009
Health Tip: Pack a First-Aid Kit When Traveling

Make room for a few essentials

5/2/2009
Obese Children More Likely to Suffer Lower Body Injuries

Stress on muscle, bone behind severity of damage, longer recovery, study finds

5/1/2009
Cholesterol Drugs May Help in Cardiac Emergency

A dose of a statin in time of crisis improved long-term outcomes, study found

4/15/2009
Acetaminophen, Cholesterol Drugs May Help Fight Stroke

Statins could help prevent attack, while painkiller might minimize damage, studies find

4/10/2009
Cleaning Concoctions Best Left to Experts

Industry group says, 'Think twice before mixing once' to avoid harm

3/29/2009
Tips to Avoid Spring Cleaning Mishaps

Whether inside or out, projects require care and caution

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