Emergencies and First Aid News

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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

10/15/2014
Heroism Seems to Be a Spontaneous Act

Study looked at more than 50 civilians who saved strangers, found they rescued without deliberation

10/14/2014
More Kids Using ERs for Medical Care, Researchers Say

Uninsured and privately insured children show biggest increases in California study

10/7/2014
U.S. Traffic Accidents Send 2.5 Million to ERs Each Year, CDC Says

Medical costs of those collisions top $18 billion, U.S. government estimates

9/19/2014
More Schools Stocking Shots That Counter Serious Allergic Reactions

Having epinephrine auto-injectors on hand can save lives, advocates say

9/18/2014
ER Waiting Times Vary Significantly, Studies Find

You'll probably spend less time waiting at smaller or more rural hospitals

9/12/2014
Few Students With Asthma, Allergies Have School Emergency Plan

Schools must be well prepared to deal with life-threatening reactions, researchers caution

9/12/2014
ER Patients Often Confuse Role of Emergency Contacts

They aren't the same as medical decision makers in advanced directives, study notes

9/9/2014
ER Visits Up for High Blood Pressure

But admissions, deaths are down, U.S. study finds

8/18/2014
More Children Hit by Cars in September, Experts Say

Drivers and students need to know and follow traffic safety rules

8/14/2014
Treatment Delays for Many Who Need Gallbladder Surgery: Study

About 20 percent who don't have immediate procedure return to ER within month, researchers say

8/13/2014
Malnutrition Threatens Many U.S. Seniors Seen at ERs

Depression, dental problems, difficulty buying groceries among most common reasons, study finds

8/11/2014
Ebola Vaccine Trials Set to Begin in September

'Patient Zero' thought to be 2-year-old who lived in village near 3 West African nations

8/10/2014
Ebola Vaccine Trials Set to Begin in September

Any vaccine resulting from the trials wouldn't be available till 2015, WHO says

8/7/2014
CDC Raises Ebola Outbreak Response to Highest Alert Status

World Health Organization also mulling similar move as cases are reported in Nigeria

8/6/2014
Speedy Delivery of Clot-Busting Drug Helps Stroke Patients Avoid Disability

Big review of the data shows the power of tPA, and the necessity of quick treatment

8/6/2014
Ebola Patient Nancy Writebol Making 'Slow Improvement'

She is being cared for in isolation unit at same Atlanta hospital as another patient, Dr. Kent Brantly

8/1/2014
Sports, Hot Weather Can Be Dangerous Combo

It's crucial to spot the early symptoms of heat-related illness, expert says

8/1/2014
Food Is a Common Choking Hazard for Kids, Doctor Says

Experts warn that children under 5 are most vulnerable

7/31/2014
There's No Ebola Cure, But Early Intensive Treatment Boosts Survival

Virus launches assault on multiple organs, keeping patients hydrated is often key, experts say

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