Emergencies and First Aid News

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6/10/2015
Early CPR Spurred by Smartphone Alerts Saves Lives

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

5/24/2015
Do You Need a Doctor for Bug Bites and Bee Stings?

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

5/18/2015
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

5/14/2015
ERs See Spike in Narcotic Painkiller Abuse Cases

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

5/10/2015
Expert Tips to Detect Early Warning Signs of Stroke

Fast identification of brain attacks leads to better outcomes

5/4/2015
ER Doctors Cautious When Prescribing Narcotic Painkillers: Study

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

5/1/2015
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

5/1/2015
How to Lower Your Stroke Risk

Neurologist suggests healthier lifestyle, treatment of heart conditions to help prevent brain attack

4/21/2015
3.8 Million Chickens To Be Killed After Bird Flu Outbreak at Iowa Farm

Experts stress this strain poses little risk to humans

4/17/2015
More Evidence of Long-Term Illness in 9/11 Responders

EMS workers join police, fire personnel still struggling with health problems, study finds

4/6/2015
Teens Seen in ERs for Assault at Risk for Later Gun Violence: Study

Researchers suggest emergency room might be best place to stop cycle of violence

3/31/2015
New Stroke Prevention Efforts May Be Paying Off

CDC study finds fewer patients treated in ERs for blood clots in the brain

3/26/2015
3/24/2015
Malpractice Fears Spurring Most ER Docs to Order Unnecessary Tests

Study found 97 percent said they had patients undergo procedures that weren't medically needed

3/17/2015
Health Tip: Create a Tornado Plan

Make sure the family knows what to do

3/10/2015
Surgery Seldom Needed When Older Person Breaks Upper Arm: Study

British research found healing was just as efficient -- and safer -- when arm was immobilized in sling

2/27/2015
ER Physician Raises Concerns About Powdered Caffeine

One teaspoon of substance equivalent to about 25 cups of coffee

2/16/2015
Blood Transfusion During Flight to Trauma Center Boosts Survival: Study

But blood needs to be refrigerated on helicopters, researcher noted

2/12/2015
Clot-Busting Drug May Be Safe for Those With 'Wake-Up' Strokes

Small study may ease worry about use in people who feel symptoms upon waking, but more data needed

2/11/2015
Prolonged Rescue Efforts May Not Help Young Drowning Victims: Study

Researchers found brain damage and death likely when resuscitation attempts went beyond 30 minutes

2/4/2015
Ultra-Early Stroke Care Can Start With Paramedics: Study

Pre-hospital approach is sure to be adopted, expert says

2/3/2015
Battlefield Blood-Transfusion 'Recipe' Passes Real-Life Test

Balanced mix of blood products, developed in combat arenas, better than regular transfusions, trial finds

2/2/2015
Medication Problems May Spur Many Child ER Trips, Study Finds

Bad reactions, misuse are the common culprits, researchers say

1/30/2015
Teens, Young Adults Most Likely to Go to ER After Car Accidents: Report

Race also played a role, with blacks more likely to visit ER after crashes than whites, Hispanics

1/29/2015
Eye Tracking May Help to Spot Concussions Quickly

Simple technique offers possible way to assess brain injury severity, study says

1/28/2015
72,000 Cases of Public Defibrillators Failing in Past Decade, FDA Says

Agency vows action to boost the effectiveness of the life-saving devices

1/25/2015
Watch Out for Falling Icicles

Winter's hazards aren't all underfoot, doctor warns

1/6/2015
Alcohol Poisoning Kills 6 Americans Every Day, CDC Says

Older adults hardest hit by binge-drinking deaths, and long-term effects of alcoholism often play a role

12/29/2014
Preventing Emergency Surgeries Could Save $1 Billion

Elective procedures tend to be less costly, and safer, study shows

12/17/2014
Stent Treatment May Lower Stroke Disability

Treatment must be given within 6 hours after a stroke starts, researchers say

12/12/2014
Fear of Police Keeps Many Hispanics From Calling 911, Study Says

Researchers explore barriers to cardiac arrest treatment

12/12/2014
Heart Attacks Rose in N.J. in Hurricane Sandy's Wake

Jump in residents' stress, physical exertion may have played a role, researchers say

12/2/2014
Experts Urge Quick Use of Epinephrine for Severe Allergic Reactions

New guidelines emphasize how effective and safe the injection is

12/1/2014
Study Questions Safety of Adrenaline Shots for Cardiac Arrest

Emergency procedure can restart heart, but may raise risk of brain damage, researchers say

12/1/2014
Scooters Leading Cause of Toy-Linked Injuries in Kids

New report also shows that a child winds up in the ER with a toy-related injury every 3 minutes in the U.S.

11/25/2014
ER Visits on the Rise, Study Reports

About 96 percent of patients need medical care within two hours

11/24/2014
More Advanced Emergency Care May Be Worse for Cardiac Arrest Victims: Study

Good CPR, getting to hospital fast resulted in better outcomes than using sophisticated methods

11/21/2014
Special Ambulance Delivers Vital Stroke Care More Quickly

Patients were six times more likely to get clot-busting drug within 'golden' hour of first symptoms in German study

11/19/2014
Oxygen May Not Help Heart Attack Victims

Study ties treatment to greater heart damage, but more research urged

11/19/2014
Coordination of Heart Attack Care Trims Time to Treatment: Study

Survival rates were boosted even when just minutes were saved getting blocked arteries opened

11/18/2014
Wireless ECG Speeds Up Heart Attack Treatments, Study Shows

Qatar researchers found ambulance-to-angioplasty times cut dramatically with trans-satellite device

11/17/2014
ER Visits for Common Irregular Heartbeat Are Rising, Study Finds

While U.S. hospital admissions for atrial fibrillation were up, death rates were down

11/17/2014
CPR Phone Guidance Boosts Cardiac Arrest Survival, Study Says

Researchers find 911 dispatchers can talk bystanders through the process -- and save lives

11/13/2014
Many Dialysis Patients Ill-Prepared for Emergencies, Study Says

Backup plan should include alternate treatment site

11/10/2014
Health Tip: When to Bandage a Wound

Areas prone to dirt and friction should be covered

11/7/2014
Schools With EpiPens Save Lives, Study Says

First incident may come from a new lunch food

10/27/2014
Prescription Painkillers Fueling Overdose Cases in ERs, Study Finds

More than two-thirds involve these medications, researchers report

10/22/2014
U.S. Ranks Last Among Wealthy Nations in Access to Health Care

Survey conducted prior to implementation of Affordable Care Act, however

10/21/2014
Use Chia Seeds With Caution, Researcher Warns

Never eat them dry, especially if you have swallowing problems, expert says

10/16/2014
ER Visits Linked to Synthetic Pot More Than Double, Report Finds

Misperception that it is safe makes it especially dangerous, experts say