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Assessment tool may help predict risk of persistent postconcussion symptoms among children
A clinical risk score developed among children presenting to an emergency department with a concussion was significantly better than physician judgment in predicting future persistent postconcussion symptoms, according to a study appearing in the March 8 issue of JAMA. (2016-03-08)
National Agricultural Biosecurity Center helps states improve disaster preparedness
Identifying Corrective Actions from Agricultural Response, or ICAAR, is a new tool being developed by Kansas State University's National Agricultural Biosecurity Center to help with agricultural emergency management. (2016-03-08)
Retail clinics may increase health spending, study finds
Since appearing more than a decade ago, retail clinics have promised to lower health spending by being a lower-cost alternative to physician offices and hospital emergency departments. (2016-03-07)
Four signs that a geriatric ER patient should be admitted to the hospital
Older adults who go to the emergency department with cognitive impairment, a change in disposition plan from admit to discharge, low blood pressure and elevated heart rate were more likely to be admitted to the intensive care unit or to die within seven days, according to a study published online Wednesday in Annals of Emergency Medicine. (2016-03-04)
Better way to treat abscesses: Add antibiotic to conventional approach
UCLA researchers appear to have found a better way to treat many skin abscesses in the emergency department. (2016-03-02)
Suicide re-attempt risk substantially reduced after a novel psychiatric intervention
A low-cost, alliance-based psychiatric intervention for emergency department patients admitted after a suicide attempt substantially reduced suicide re-attempt in a single-site randomized controlled trial published this week in PLOS Medicine. (2016-03-01)
Emergency departments face considerable costs related to long-term urinary catheters
Problems with long-term urinary catheters create a considerable demand on emergency departments and are very costly to health-care systems, according to a new study from South East London. (2016-03-01)
Campuses need safety planning to protect abuse victims, study finds
With up to half of college students experiencing abuse by an intimate partner at least once during their college careers, safety planning should be added to prevention and education programs in higher education, according to a research brief by the Crime Victims' Institute. (2016-03-01)
In emergencies, should you trust a robot?
In emergencies, people may trust robots too much for their own safety, a new study suggests. (2016-02-29)
People in world's poorest countries missing out on surgery
The volume of surgery has increased globally over the last decade but wide disparities in access to surgery persist between rich and poor countries. (2016-02-29)
Bariatric surgery may reduce life-threatening heart failure exacerbation in obese patients
A new study led by Massachusetts General Hospital investigators finds that heart failure patients who underwent bariatric surgery to treat morbid obesity had a significant reduction in the incidence of heart failure exacerbation -- a dangerous, sudden worsening of symptoms -- in the two years following surgery. (2016-02-25)
Colorado visitors using marijuana more likely to end up in emergency room
Out-of-towners using marijuana in Colorado -- which has legally allowed sales of the drug in retail dispensaries since 2014 -- are ending up in the emergency room for marijuana-related symptoms at an increasing rate, reports a new study. (2016-02-24)
Innovative collaboration leads to improved discharge outcomes for children with asthma
A new study demonstrates that pediatric patients with asthma who left the hospital with their prescription medications made fewer emergency department (ED) visits after they were discharged than if they were discharged still needing to go to a pharmacy to pick-up their medications. (2016-02-24)
How does COPD care by physicians compare with nurse practitioners/physician assistants?
Researchers from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston investigated differences in care given to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients by medical doctors compared with nurse practitioners and physician assistants. (2016-02-24)
Ketamine for the difficult-to-sedate ER patient
For the small segment of the emergency population whose acute behavioral disturbance does not respond to traditional sedation, ketamine appears to be effective and safe, according to an Australian study published online last Thursday in Annals of Emergency Medicine. (2016-02-24)
Critical care resuscitation unit speeds up transfer of critically ill patients
A team of surgeons at the University of Maryland Medical Center has developed a program that utilizes its Shock Trauma Center model to direct critically ill non-trauma patients to the appropriate treatment location and get them into an operating room and hospital intensive care unit bed as quickly as possible. (2016-02-23)
First European advice launched for deadly acute heart failure
The first European advice on emergency care for patients with acute heart failure is published today in European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care. (2016-02-21)
Study finds 50 percent of teens visiting emergency department report peer violence, cyberbullying
A study from Hasbro Children's Hospital has found that nearly 50 percent of teens seen in the emergency department for any reason report peer violence and nearly 50 percent also report being the victims of cyberbullying. (2016-02-18)
Adderall misuse rising among young adults
While the number of prescriptions for the stimulant Adderall has remained unchanged among young adults, misuse and emergency room visits related to the drug have risen dramatically in this group, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research suggests. (2016-02-16)
Electronic healthcare records data reveal factors linked to emergency department revisits
A new study has identified distinctions in patient diagnoses and different patterns of Emergency Department usage between individuals who are more or less likely to return to the ED for care within a 72-hour period. (2016-02-12)
Dr. Gail D'Onofrio & Dr. David Fiellin earn Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Award
Gail D'Onofrio, M.D., Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Yale School of Medicine and David Fiellin, Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Yale School of Medicine have earned the latest Dan Anderson Research Award for their study examining the impact of buprenorphine treatment on treatment engagement and opioid use outcomes among opioid dependent patients admitted to the emergency department (ED). (2016-02-10)
Interstate Batteries to begin selling OEM batteries for defibrillators
Today, Interstate Batteries announced a partnership with Physio-Control to provide original equipment manufacturer (OEM) automated external defibrillator (AED) batteries to the healthcare industry. (2016-02-10)
Global scientific community commits to sharing data on Zika
Leading global health bodies including academic journals, NGOs, research funders and institutes, have committed to sharing data and results relevant to the current Zika crisis and future public health emergencies as rapidly and openly as possible. (2016-02-10)
BMJ provides Zika virus resources to support healthcare workers
BMJ is offering free online resources to support researchers, doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to understand and respond to the global health emergency linked to the Zika virus. (2016-02-09)
Emergency visits by youth for mental health, addiction rise by 32 percent over 6 years
Demand for child and youth mental health care has been steadily rising throughout the health care system in Ontario, Canada. (2016-02-02)
Infectious diseases cause significant emergency visits, hospitalizations for older adults
In a first-of-its-kind study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, researchers calculated that infectious diseases account for 13.5 percent of emergency room (ER) visits involving older adults -- a higher percentage than ER visits for heart attacks and congestive heart failure combined. (2016-02-01)
Study assesses how to avoid unnecessary acute admission to hospital
Hospitals around the world face pressure from unnecessary acute admissions to the ward from the emergency department. (2016-01-29)
JAMA Viewpoint: Emerging Zika pandemic requires more WHO action now
The World Health Organization's Director-General should convene 'urgently' a meeting of International Health Regulations' Emergency Committee to advise on the emerging Zika pandemic and galvanize global action, say two Georgetown University professors. (2016-01-27)
Recovery position may curb hospital admission rate of unconscious kids
Putting a young child in the recovery position after s/he has lost consciousness may help curb the hospital admission rate for this indication, but this maneuver is rarely carried out, indicates research published in Archives of Disease in Childhood. (2016-01-25)
Study: Paramedics' risk of being assaulted far exceeds firefighting colleagues
A study of ambulance personnel found that paramedics are 14 times more likely to be violently injured on the job than their firefighting colleagues. (2016-01-22)
Societies release recommendations for diagnosing chest pain in the emergency department
New recommendations from the American College of Cardiology and American College of Radiology have established appropriate use of diagnostic imaging for patients with chest pain, one of the most common reasons for emergency department visits. (2016-01-22)
Easier access to children's GP appointments linked to reduced use of emergency departments
Children whose GPs are easy to access are less likely to visit A&E than those whose GPs are less able to provide appointments. (2016-01-20)
Socio-economic status may impact care of children with epilepsy
Socio-economic status may influence the use of health resources among children with epilepsy, even in a universal health insurance system. (2016-01-19)
Study shows surge in use of CTs in patients with minor injuries
Twice as many patients with non-serious injuries, such as fractures or neck strain, are undergoing CT scans in emergency departments at California hospitals, according to a UCSF-led study, which tracked the use of the imaging from 2005 to 2013. (2016-01-19)
Young people after Obamacare: Some ER visits down, others way up
While emergency department visits for young adults ages 19 to 25 decreased slightly overall following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, visits for mental illnesses in this age group increased 'significantly,' as did diseases of the circulatory system, according to a study published online this month in Annals of Emergency Medicine ('Relationship of ACA Implementation to Emergency Department Utilization Among Young Adults'). (2016-01-19)
Cardiac arrests in high-rise buildings: Low survival rates above 3rd floor
Residents of high-rise buildings had better survival rates from cardiac arrests if they lived on the first few floors, and survival was negligible for people living above the 16th floor, according to a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2016-01-18)
EMCDDA publishes report on antidote for heroin overdose
The first-ever substantive summary of research into take-home naloxone -- a single injection that can be given by friends and family to revive someone suspected of heroin overdose -- has been published today by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), in collaboration with researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King's College London. (2016-01-18)
Palliative care initiated in the ED associated with improved quality of life
A palliative care consultation initiated in the emergency department (ED) for patients with advanced cancer was associated with improved quality of life and did not seem to shorten survival, according to an article published online by JAMA Oncology. (2016-01-14)
Parents in dark about using epinephrine shot for kids' food allergies
When a child has a food allergy, it's critical for pediatricians and allergists to show parents when and how to use an epinephrine auto-injector and to provide a written emergency food allergy action plan for home and school. (2016-01-12)
How to improve cardiac arrest survival in 3 easy steps
Although survival rates for people who suffer cardiac arrest outside a hospital are extremely low in most places, emergency physicians propose three interventions to improve survival rates and functional outcomes in any community and urge additional federal funding for cardiac resuscitation research in an editorial published online last Wednesday in Annals of Emergency Medicine ('IOM Says Times to Act to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival ... (2016-01-04)
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