Emergencies and First Aid News

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7/29/2014
Heart Attack Patients Treated at Night, Weekends May Have Worse Outcomes

Timing of arrival at ER affects how quickly an angioplasty is done, research shows

7/24/2014
Many Kids With Medicaid Use ER as Doctor's Office: CDC

Pediatrician says many physicians won't accept the publicly funded insurance plan

7/22/2014
American Red Cross Issues Urgent Call for Blood Donations

'Emergency situation' could arise in weeks if shortages continue

7/17/2014
With ERs, the Busier, the Better, Study Finds

Risk of death may be 10 percent lower at high-volume emergency rooms

7/8/2014
1 in 6 Teens Treated in ER Has History of Dating Violence: Study

Both males and females affected; risk goes up with drug and alcohol abuse, researchers say

7/3/2014
Hurricane Season Has Begun: Are You Ready?

Hurricane Arthur serves as reminder to check emergency food, water and medical supplies

7/3/2014
Teen Drinkers Risking Their Lives: Study

And when they take drugs, chances of serious health outcomes rise even higher, researchers report

6/19/2014
Sharp Rise in 'Meth'-Linked ER Visits in U.S., Study Shows

Resurgence in abuse cases reverses a decline noted between 2005-2007, federal experts say

5/28/2014
Older Black Trauma Patients Fare Better Than Whites in ER: Study

Researchers found older white trauma patients were 20 percent more likely to die

5/25/2014
Don't Let the Warm Weather Leave You Snakebitten

If bitten, call 911 but keep the snake away from the ER

5/22/2014
Sharp Rise in ER Visits Tied to Abuse of Sedative, Study Finds

Use of Xanax along with painkillers such as Oxycontin can be especially deadly, experts note

5/16/2014
Injuries From Swallowed Magnets on the Rise in Kids, Study Finds

Small, spherical magnetic sets introduced in 2009 tied to more cases and worse outcomes

5/15/2014
As Summer Arrives, CDC Offers Pool Chemical Safety Tips

Injuries can occur when people ignore instructions or get careless with these hazardous products

5/13/2014
ERs See Spike in Traumatic Brain Injuries

Researchers say increased awareness, diagnosis could explain some of the 29 percent increase over a five-year period

5/10/2014
Know the Signs of Stroke

Follow the FAST rule, experts advise

5/2/2014
Trampolines Linked to More Than 1 Million ER Visits Over a Decade

Study finds cost of those injuries topped $1 billion

4/30/2014
Dispatcher-Assisted CPR Boosts Cardiac Arrest Survival in Kids: Study

When bystanders follow experts' instructions, more brain function can also be preserved, findings show

4/23/2014
Research Shows Ways to Speed Stroke Care

Studies looked at improvements in ER, specially equipped ambulance that could deliver clot-busting drug

4/22/2014
Two Drugs Work Equally Well for Epileptic Seizures in Kids: Study

Ativan, Valium both good options for emergency treatment, experts say

4/12/2014
Protecting Children From Poison Emergencies

Safety, treatment advice for parents from the American Academy of Pediatrics

4/2/2014
More ERs Treating Headaches With Narcotics, Study Finds

Despite guidelines against prescribing powerful painkillers for these patients, the trend has grown

3/21/2014
ERs Dispensing More Narcotic Painkillers: Study

Less-powerful drugs often better choice, depending on source of pain, doctors say

3/17/2014
Women Face Delays in Heart Attack Care Compared to Men: Study

Researchers found female patients under 55 waiting longer than males for ECGs, clot-busting drugs

3/13/2014
Trauma Center Closures Tied to Higher Death Risk for Injured Patients

California study suggests longer travel time makes a difference

3/11/2014
Repeat Drug Overdoses Raise Risk for Hospitalization, Ventilator Care

Risk rises with multiple ER visits, researchers say

3/10/2014
Spring Break Drunkeness a Dangerous Tradition

Expert says thousands of college students injured each year after drinking too much, and some die

3/10/2014
Elderly Diabetes Patients on Insulin Most Vulnerable to Low-Blood-Sugar Trouble

Study found they were more than twice as likely to end up in ER, five times more likely to be hospitalized

3/6/2014
Texting While Walking Often Leads to Injuries: Expert

Distraction causes people to fall down stairs, step into traffic, trauma doctor says

2/25/2014
Vigorous Exertion at Work May Trigger Heart Attacks, Strokes

Study looked at circumstances of firefighters who died on the job

2/19/2014
Insured Patients May Not Always Get Best Trauma Care, Study Finds

They were less likely to be transferred to trauma centers than the uninsured were

2/18/2014
'Talking' Medical Devices, Apps Continue to Evolve

Innovations can help people manage their conditions, function in emergencies, keep doctors informed

2/14/2014
Giving Magnesium to Stroke Victims Early Not Helpful: Study

Made no difference in long-term outcomes, but other drugs being developed might, study says

2/13/2014
Few Americans Get Recommended Emergency Stroke Care

However, most live within an hour of hospital that can give proper treatment, study finds

2/12/2014
Infections Like Colds, Chickenpox Tied to Some Stroke Risk in Kids

The brain attacks are rare in children, experts note, and study found vaccines may offer some protection

2/7/2014
Survival Rates Similar After Accidents, Acts of Violence: Study

Cause of traumatic injuries not necessarily related to likelihood of survival, surgeon says

2/4/2014
Infants at Highest Risk for Childhood Burns

Hot beverages, hair irons most often the cause, British study found

1/27/2014
Twenty U.S. Kids Hospitalized Each Day for Gun Injuries: Study

Nearly a third of these shootings are accidental, study finds

1/24/2014
ERs Not Curbing Overuse of Antibiotics, Study Reveals

Finding seen despite nationwide push against unnecessary use, to prevent drug resistance

1/17/2014
Stocking Epinephrine in Schools Might Save Lives

Advocates say one in four allergic reactions happens for the first time on school grounds

1/5/2014
Avoiding Injury During Winter Sports

Skiing, snowboarding, ice skating are common causes of sprains, dislocations, fractures

1/4/2014
No Harm Done From 'Scoop and Run' Police Transport Policy: Study

Survival of gunshot, stabbing victims similar whether they're moved by police or EMS

1/2/2014
Medicaid Use May Boost ER Visits, Study in Oregon Suggests

Expansion of public insurance plan unlikely to reduce urgent care, researchers say

1/1/2014
When Winter Fun Isn't So Fun

Sledding, skating, skiing and other cold weather activities all carry a potential risk of harm

12/9/2013
Rise in U.S. High Chair Injuries Stuns Experts

Either safety straps aren't working or adults don't use them properly, researchers say

12/8/2013
Study Challenges Myths About Frequent ER Users

They're likely to have chronic health conditions, rather than mental illness or substance abuse, authors say

12/4/2013
Morphine, Blood Thinner Plavix a Bad Mix for Heart Attack Victims: Study

Painkiller appeared to slow, diminish anti-clotting effect of heart drug

12/4/2013
FDA Renews Warning on HeartStart Defibrillator Failures

Owners of the recalled Philips automated external defibrillators advised to contact the company

12/3/2013
Ecstasy Use on Rise Again Among U.S. Teens: Report

Alcohol contributing to ER visits from hallucinogen, federal officials say

11/26/2013
Cross These Dangerous Toys Off Kids' Christmas List, Experts Say

Annual 'Trouble in Toyland' report cites playthings that could choke or poison a child

11/23/2013
Nail-Gun Injuries on the Rise Among Construction Workers

More than half of patients in Australian study needed surgery