Emergencies and First Aid News

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9/15/2015
Long Shifts Linked to Increased Injury Risk for EMS Workers

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

9/8/2015
Kids' ER Visits for Medicine Overdoses Dropping: Report

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

8/31/2015
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

8/28/2015
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

8/21/2015
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

8/14/2015
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

8/13/2015
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

8/12/2015
Hispanics in U.S. Least Likely to Dial 911 for Stroke

Calling ambulance speeds up critical time to treatment, experts say

8/10/2015
Steroids May Help Speed Pneumonia Recovery, Study Finds

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

8/7/2015
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

7/31/2015
More Progress Needed To Get Stroke Patients Rapid Care

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

7/28/2015
Dialysis Patients May Be Unprepared for Natural Disasters

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

7/21/2015
When Bystanders Give CPR Right Away, Lives Are Saved, Study Shows

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

7/13/2015
1 in 6 Americans Too Far From Lifesaving Heart Centers

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

7/10/2015
Second Severe Allergic Reaction Isn't Uncommon

Study finds about one in seven kids has repeat episode

6/30/2015
Make CPR, Defibrillator Training Mandatory for High School Graduation: Experts

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

6/29/2015
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

6/23/2015
'Skinny Jeans' Linked to Woman's Nerve Damage

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

6/15/2015
U.S. Hospitals Seeing More Kids With Self-Inflicted Injuries

Cutting is the most common problem, followed by firearm injuries

6/11/2015
Educating Stroke Survivors Helps Them Spot Another Stroke Faster

Program can be especially helpful for minority patients, researchers noted

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