Emergencies and First Aid News

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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

10/26/2015
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

10/19/2015
Disaster Plans Must Consider Children, Pediatrics Group Says

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

10/16/2015
FDA Approves Drug to Reverse Blood Thinner's Effect

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

10/15/2015
Hospital Care for Nonfatal Gun Wounds Costs $679 Million a Year

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

10/14/2015
Dietary Supplements Land Thousands in the ER Each Year

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

10/8/2015
Sensitive Blood Test May Help Rule Out Heart Attack

Researchers say goal is to reduce hospital admissions, medical costs

10/5/2015
Zip Line Injuries on the Rise

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

9/23/2015
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

9/22/2015
Many Critically Ill Patients Lack 'Do Not Resuscitate' Orders

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

9/15/2015
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

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