Emergencies and First Aid News

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10/18/2016
'Ghost Pepper' Burns Hole in Man's Esophagus

San Francisco patient spent 23 days in hospital after eating super-hot pepper in contest

10/17/2016
U.S. Psychiatric Patients Face Long Waits in ERs

1 in 5 emergency doctors reports waiting at least 2 days for a bed for someone who's mentally ill

10/7/2016
Matthew Battering Florida Coast

Storm surge a big concern, officials say

10/6/2016
Your Post-Heart Attack Survival May Depend on Choice of Hospital

Patients treated at hospitals with better track records gained additional year of life, study finds

10/6/2016
Having Battered Bahamas, Hurricane Matthew Bears Down on Florida

FEMA offers guidance on how to prepare for the huge storm; more than 2 million people urged to leave their homes

10/5/2016
Hurricane Matthew Takes Aim at Florida

Federal agencies offer advice on how to prepare for possible impact of dangerous storm

9/13/2016
Psychiatric Patients Face Longer Waits in ER

And they're more likely to be transferred without getting treatment, study finds

8/29/2016
Mylan to Offer Generic EpiPen

Manufacturer responds to mounting criticism about price hikes

8/15/2016
Too Many Public Defibrillators Out of Reach When Needed

Canadian study shows many are kept in buildings that aren't always open

8/13/2016
Taking a Bike Ride? Don't Forget Your Helmet

Wearing the right head gear will dramatically reduce your risk of serious injury or even death

8/6/2016
How to Have Fun -- and Stay Safe -- at the Beach or Pool

These water-safety tips from the American Red Cross could save a life

8/4/2016
Toddlers at High Risk of Chemical Eye Burns: Study

Access to household cleaning products to blame, experts say

7/26/2016
Are Stroke Centers Life Savers?

Study finds small advantage, but only if you get there quickly

7/16/2016
Don't Let Painful Blisters Spoil Your Summer Fun

These simple steps will help prevent blisters and speed healing if one develops

7/7/2016
How to Stay Safe When the Power Goes Out

American Red Cross advises keeping emergency supplies of water, cash and non-perishable food

7/6/2016
ER Death Rate in U.S. Drops by Nearly Half

Study points to medical advances, changes in end-of-life care

6/22/2016
Heart Attack Help? There's an App for That

Emergency medicine specialist says technology's potential in health care remains largely untapped

6/20/2016
Dos & Don'ts for Easy Splinter Removal

The sooner you take it out, the better, dermatologist says

6/17/2016
Better Care Could Cut Deaths From Trauma by 20 Percent: Report

Panel says civilian hospitals should learn from military's success in saving lives

6/14/2016
Gun Injuries More Often Fatal Now, Study Finds

ERs seeing more severe wounds and deaths than they used to, researchers report

6/13/2016
Spikes in Blood Pressure Don't Always Need ER Care

Most cases of 'hypertensive urgency' can be treated safely in doctor's office, large study finds

5/31/2016
Kids' Concussion Rates May Be Higher Than Thought

Study finds that most cases are first tended to at doctors' offices, not hospital ERs

5/12/2016
Disabling Falls Don't Have to Happen

Expert advice on how seniors can lower their risk

5/4/2016
CPR Help as Near as Your Phone

When cardiac arrest occurs, bystanders can dial for instruction and save lives, study finds

5/2/2016
Playground-Related Brain Injuries on Rise in U.S.

ERs treat more kids, perhaps because of greater concussion awareness, experts say

4/11/2016
ER Screenings Could Help Prevent Suicide: Study

Checking patients for risk factors should be part of routine ER care, researcher says

4/5/2016
Most Americans Want to Learn How to Help Those Injured in Disasters

Poll found many would assist in stopping bleeding if shootings, accidents occurred

4/4/2016
Loose Bristles From Grill-Cleaning Brushes May Pose Dangers

Study found they can stick to food and cause mouth, throat and stomach injuries

3/25/2016
ER Docs Only Ask Half of Suicidal Patients About Guns, Study Shows

Finding points to missed chances to intervene before it's too late, researcher says

3/25/2016
Many Kidney Transplant Patients Land in ER Within 2 Years: Study

Findings show need to coordinate care after organ transplant, researcher says

3/23/2016
Statewide Training on Cardiac Arrest Saves Lives in N. Carolina

Quick action by family members, general public improved survival and recovery, study says

3/21/2016
Black Heart Attack Victims More Likely to Have Ambulance Diverted

Study finds nearly half were sent to another hospital because of overcrowding in nearest ER

3/21/2016
60,000 U.S. Kids Treated for Accidental Medicine Poisoning a Year

Toddlers account for 7 out of 10 cases, report says

3/8/2016
Women in Cardiac Arrest May Be Less Likely to Receive Help

Doctors and the public still think of heart problems as a man's disease, researcher says

2/26/2016
Cyberbullying, Violence Linked to PTSD in Teens

Researcher says post-traumatic stress is underreported and undertreated in this age group

2/19/2016
Kids With Autism More Likely to Wander, Less Likely to Recognize Danger

Researchers concerned about risks to children with developmental issues, as well as the stress on parents

2/18/2016
Could a Clot-Busting Drug Help Treat a 'Bleeding' Stroke?

Two studies suggest that tPA infusion to brain improves outcomes

2/17/2016
For Stroke Patients, Temporary Easing of Symptoms Can Be Deceiving

Improvements just before ER care don't necessarily mean good long-term outcomes, study finds

1/31/2016
Combative Patients a Hazard for Paramedics

Study shows assault rate much higher than for firefighters

1/26/2016
Parents Often Ill-Informed About Food-Allergy Emergencies

Many don't know how, when to use epinephrine, study finds

1/26/2016
Blood Donors Needed After East Coast Storm: Red Cross

Many drives were canceled for bad weather, but donations are desperately sought

1/15/2016
Pain Relief Advice May Help ER Patients With Terminal Cancer

These consultations linked to better and longer quality of life, researchers say

1/4/2016
Pediatricians' Group Says U.S. Lacks Resources to Treat Kids in Disasters

Drugs to counter biological or other threats too often geared to adults, American Academy of Pediatrics says

12/31/2015
Families of Critically Ill Patients Need Extra Support, Too

Tips for coping when a loved one is in the ICU

12/21/2015
More Evidence That Time-to-Treatment Is Crucial for Stroke

Patients who got clot-busting catheter therapy sooner fared better in study

11/11/2015
Emergency Surgery Patients Often Wind Up Back in Hospital: Study

Surgical site infections were the most common reason why

11/9/2015
45-Minute Class Helps Middle Schoolers Master CPR Basics

They retained the info months later, even without a refresher session, study found

11/9/2015
Lifesaving Defibrillators Often Behind Locked Doors, Study Finds

Devices that shock heart rhythm back to normal were not available 25 percent of time in emergencies

10/30/2015
Many Parents Unaware of Emergency Plans at Kids' Pre-schools

Less than half knew crisis plans are online, poll finds

10/27/2015
Few Americans Know Warning Signs of Stroke

New song can help people recall symptoms and act quickly if one occurs, experts say