Emergencies and First Aid News

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8/9/2013
What to Do If Your Child Chokes

Infants require different steps than older kids

8/8/2013
ER Docs Can Tell Difference Between Stroke, Bell's Palsy

Some symptoms, such as facial paralysis, may be similar, but very few are misdiagnosed, study finds

8/5/2013
Casino Smoking Ban Tied to Drop in Ambulance Calls

Colorado county law likely reduced illness from secondhand smoke, study suggests

7/29/2013
Childhood Hazard: Choking on Food Persists

About 34 children admitted to U.S. emergency rooms daily as experts urge greater public awareness

7/22/2013
Homemade Blowgun Darts Pose Choking Dangers for Teens

Boys found DIY instructions online in 3 emergency cases described in report

7/8/2013
As U.S. Population Ages, ER Visits Will Lengthen

And hospitalizations stemming from these visits will rise, study predicts

7/8/2013
Cost, Quality, Accessibility Spur Poor to Choose ER Care

Current U.S. health care system makes it easier to go to hospital than visit doctor's office, findings show

7/6/2013
Baseballs, Softballs Often to Blame for Kids' Facial Fractures

Errant catches can lead to serious trauma, study found

7/4/2013
Simple Ways to Prevent Fireworks Injuries

Experts' best advice: Leave lighting to professionals and enjoy the spectacle

7/3/2013
Complications More Likely With Emergency Gallbladder Surgery: Study

Staying on top of symptoms may allow safer, planned procedures, researchers say

6/21/2013
Helicopter Ambulances May Boost Survival Rates

Study says use of air transport is cost-effective for seriously injured

6/11/2013
Sleep Apnea May Boost Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death

Study findings bolster suspected link between sleep disorder and heart-related death

6/10/2013
Hurricane Readiness Tips for Pregnant Women

Planning ahead can reduce some of the stress in storm situations, New Orleans expert says

6/7/2013
What to Do When Lightning Strikes

Planning for the worst may be the best protection, experts say

6/7/2013
Lightning Survivor Describes Her Ordeal

Bath open to the outside leads to harrowing experience

6/3/2013
Skipping Meds May Raise Odds of ER Visits for Certain Medicare Patients

Efforts to reduce drug costs tied to higher risk for disabled recipients

5/30/2013
1 in 5 Americans Goes to the ER Each Year: CDC

Report found those on Medicaid were more likely to do so than the uninsured, privately insured

5/29/2013
Health Reform Saving Young Adults Millions for ER Care: Study

In 2011 alone, patients and families were spared nearly $150 million in hospital costs

5/29/2013
One in 600 Flights Involves Medical Emergency, Study Says

Physician passengers assist in nearly half of cases

5/26/2013
Lawn Mower Injuries Often Caused by Distraction

Docs offer safety tips to protect fingers, hands and feet

5/24/2013
Sharp Rise in ICU Admissions From U.S. Emergency Rooms

Patients wait an average of five hours in the ER before being admitted to the ICU, study finds

5/22/2013
Docs Use 3-D Printer to Create Lifesaving Airway Device for Infant

Rare, worsening condition led to emergency FDA approval to use splint

5/22/2013
Simple Steps Can Protect Pets in Weather Disasters

Keeping your animal with you, and making sure pet carries ID are two key issues, experts say

5/20/2013
Women Less Likely to Get Trauma Center Care After Injury: Study

More research into factors behind trend, effects on outcomes is needed, study author says

5/17/2013
Heart Attack? Doctors Soon May Have an App for That

Experimental app shaves critical seconds off smartphone transmissions of EKG images, study says

5/13/2013
How to Quickly Spot Signs of Stroke: Experts

Prompt recognition and treatment offer best chance of full recovery

5/7/2013
Gasoline Poisonings in Kids Spike During Summer: Study

Children can die when toxic chemicals are stored in water bottles or other harmless-looking containers, experts warn

5/6/2013
Study Links Timing of ER Visit to Prostate Cancer Survival Odds

In patients whose disease has spread, weekend admissions tend to have worse outcomes

5/6/2013
Many Suicidal Kids Have Access to Guns at Home: Study

Screening found this situation among 1 in 5 young ER patients

5/1/2013
ER Visits Tied to Ambien on the Rise

Adverse reactions to popular sleep meds rose almost 220 percent between 2005 and 2010, study finds

4/30/2013
Many Stroke Patients Don't Call 911, Study Finds

Ambulance can speed diagnosis and lifesaving treatment

4/23/2013
Severity of Kids' Gun Injuries Getting Worse: Study

10 times more likely to die than those injured in car crashes or falls, researchers say

4/22/2013
Popular Cinnamon Stunt Can Have Serious Lung Effects

Researchers warn that highly cited kids' 'challenge' can land them in the ER

4/17/2013
Prepared for Trauma, Overwhelmed by Carnage

Hospitals' practice drills provide blueprint, but rapid response to Boston Marathon bombings shows how they really work

4/10/2013
Tick-Borne Meat Allergy May Have Affected Virginia Kids

Study found 45 suspected cases in 2011 and 2012

4/8/2013
Elder Abuse Tied to Higher Hospitalization Rates

Study found psychological mistreatment, neglect were most common culprits

4/3/2013
ER Workers Often Fail to Ask Suicidal Patients About Access to Guns

Study suggests health providers are missing opportunity to prevent future tragedies

4/1/2013
Follow-Up Care After Chest Pain Called Crucial

High-risk patients who saw doctor within month of ER visit reduced risk for heart attack, death

3/30/2013
Keep Kids Safe From Laundry Detergent Packets

Curious children may get concentrated product in their mouth or eyes

3/24/2013
Play It Smart When It Comes to Lightning

Sports trainers offer safety tips on ways to stay safe

3/19/2013
Plans to Penalize Non-Emergency Use of ERs Flawed: Study

Common symptoms are difficult to diagnose as mild or serious at first, researchers explain

3/19/2013
Fewer Kids Getting Hurt in Most Sports, Study Finds

However, football and soccer injuries have risen over past decade

3/14/2013
Clot Buster Safe for Stroke Patients on Blood Thinners: Study

Fears that giving tPA to those taking aspirin or Plavix might raise risk of brain bleeds largely unfounded, researchers say

3/13/2013
Relatives Who Witness Loved One's CPR Fare Better: Study

Researchers found they were less likely to suffer PTSD, depression or anxiety later

3/13/2013
ERs Not Doing Enough to Educate Parents on Car-Seat Safety: Study

Treatment after a crash can be a teachable moment on proper use of passenger restraints

3/8/2013
Newly Hired Emergency Workers Who Witness Trauma May Struggle Afterward

But police, firefighters who had been on job a long time were unaffected

3/8/2013
Space Heater Safety Tips Can Help Prevent Burns, Fires

Experts give advice on where to place, how to use devices

3/7/2013
3/5/2013
Tornado Survivors Surprisingly Optimistic, Study Finds

This could be a problem if people don't feel they need to prepare for future disasters

3/5/2013
Eye-Tracking Tool Might Quickly Spot Stroke

Small, preliminary study found it could tell difference between vertigo, stroke with complete accuracy