Emergencies and First Aid News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

Combative Patients a Hazard for Paramedics

Study shows assault rate much higher than for firefighters

Parents Often Ill-Informed About Food-Allergy Emergencies

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

Blood Donors Needed After East Coast Storm: Red Cross

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

Pain Relief Advice May Help ER Patients With Terminal Cancer

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

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

Families of Critically Ill Patients Need Extra Support, Too

Tips for coping when a loved one is in the ICU

More Evidence That Time-to-Treatment Is Crucial for Stroke

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

Emergency Surgery Patients Often Wind Up Back in Hospital: Study

Surgical site infections were the most common reason why

45-Minute Class Helps Middle Schoolers Master CPR Basics

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

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

Many Parents Unaware of Emergency Plans at Kids' Pre-schools

Less than half knew crisis plans are online, poll finds

Few Americans Know Warning Signs of Stroke

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

Unexpected Severe Allergic Reactions Strike Many Schools

Study found 1 in 10 dealt with anaphylaxis case in 2013, 22 percent were kids with no known allergies

Disaster Plans Must Consider Children, Pediatrics Group Says

Youngsters face greater health risks from terrorist attacks, accidents and outbreaks

FDA Approves Drug to Reverse Blood Thinner's Effect

Praxbind cleared for emergency use with Pradaxa when bleeding can't be controlled

Hospital Care for Nonfatal Gun Wounds Costs $679 Million a Year

Average hospital stay is seven days, U.S. study finds

Dietary Supplements Land Thousands in the ER Each Year

Weight-loss products, energy boosters are common culprits, study finds

Sensitive Blood Test May Help Rule Out Heart Attack

Researchers say goal is to reduce hospital admissions, medical costs

Zip Line Injuries on the Rise

Increasing popularity of the adventure sport brings increase in ER visits, study finds

ERs Often 'Safety Net' Care for People With Schizophrenia: CDC

Report finds more than 380,000 ER visits over 2 years for adults under 65

Many Critically Ill Patients Lack 'Do Not Resuscitate' Orders

After surviving cardiac arrest, only one in four let doctors know their wishes, study finds

Hip-Fracture Surgery Risk Not Just Due to Age, Study Finds

Poor outcomes could stem from factors related to having an emergency procedure, expert suggests

Long Shifts Linked to Increased Injury Risk for EMS Workers

The longer they work, the greater their risk, observational study shows

Kids' ER Visits for Medicine Overdoses Dropping: Report

Education, prevention messages, safer packaging may be working, CDC says

Seniors Often Underestimate Their Frailty, Study Finds

Nearly one-quarter had trouble getting out of hospital bed, walking 10 feet and getting back in bed

As Tropical Storm Erika Eyes Southeastern U.S., Residents Need to Prepare

People should have emergency communication plan in place, stock up on essential supplies

Climate Change May Bring More ER Visits, Deaths, Study Says

Strongest link between temperatures and heat-related hospital visits is among 18- to 64-year-olds, not seniors

Till Bolt Cutters Do Us Part: Titanium Rings a Challenge in the ER

British medical team successfully removed durable wedding band from man's swollen finger

More Police Killed in States With High Gun Ownership: Study

Risk of dying on duty is three times higher in states with more households with firearms

Hispanics in U.S. Least Likely to Dial 911 for Stroke

Calling ambulance speeds up critical time to treatment, experts say

Steroids May Help Speed Pneumonia Recovery, Study Finds

But a prospective, rigorous trial may be needed before standard therapy changes, expert says

More Hepatitis C Cases Being Seen in Urban ERs

Researchers note emergency room doctors could play a role in slowing spread of potentially deadly virus

More Progress Needed To Get Stroke Patients Rapid Care

Study finds transport time to specialized center was sometimes longer than two hours

Dialysis Patients May Be Unprepared for Natural Disasters

Study notes that after Hurricane Sandy in 2012, fewer than half had detailed medication list available

When Bystanders Give CPR Right Away, Lives Are Saved, Study Shows

Starting rescue efforts for victims of cardiac arrest before ambulance arrives boosts survival

1 in 6 Americans Too Far From Lifesaving Heart Centers

Problem affects more rural, poor and Hispanic people, study finds

Second Severe Allergic Reaction Isn't Uncommon

Study finds about one in seven kids has repeat episode

Make CPR, Defibrillator Training Mandatory for High School Graduation: Experts

Having everyone learn these lifesaving interventions could boost cardiac arrest survival, panel says

Heart Association's Stroke Guidelines Support Clot-Removing Device

If clot-busting drugs don't work, device can be used to pull the blockage out through the artery

'Skinny Jeans' Linked to Woman's Nerve Damage

After spending the day squatting in too-tight pants, she temporarily couldn't walk

U.S. Hospitals Seeing More Kids With Self-Inflicted Injuries

Cutting is the most common problem, followed by firearm injuries

Educating Stroke Survivors Helps Them Spot Another Stroke Faster

Program can be especially helpful for minority patients, researchers noted

Early CPR Spurred by Smartphone Alerts Saves Lives

Phone apps get trained volunteers to cardiac-arrest victims before ambulance, researchers say

Do You Need a Doctor for Bug Bites and Bee Stings?

Most can be treated at home, but learn signs of emergency, expert advises

Many ER Patients With Chest Pain Can Be Sent Home, Study Finds

Vast majority who have normal cardiac test results are in no immediate danger, researchers say

ERs See Spike in Narcotic Painkiller Abuse Cases

U.S. report found problem was greatest among women and patients 55 and older

Expert Tips to Detect Early Warning Signs of Stroke

Fast identification of brain attacks leads to better outcomes

ER Doctors Cautious When Prescribing Narcotic Painkillers: Study

They're dispensing lower number of pills, using meds that carry less overdose risk

911 Best Call for Heart Attack Victims in Rural Areas: Study

But many drive or are driven to hospital, losing precious time before treatment starts, researchers note