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This GI test could help patients avoid a hospital stay
Symptoms of possible upper GI bleeding are a leading cause of hospital admissions through emergency departments. But according to a new study, use of capsule endoscopy can avoid many unnecessary hospital admissions in patients with these symptoms. (2016-12-16)

Greater readiness repels cyber threats to manufacturers
Together with the National Emergency Supply Agency and the private sector, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed tailored solutions bringing improved cyber security and disruption-free operations to manufacturers. (2016-12-14)

Emergency surgery death risk up to 7 times higher for kids in low income countries
The likelihood of dying after emergency abdominal surgery to treat conditions such as appendicitis, may be up to seven times greater for a child in a poor country than for a child in a rich nation, suggests research published in the online journal BMJ Global Health. (2016-12-12)

Patients receiving CD for atraumatic headache in ER less likely to return within 30 days
A retrospective observational study illustrates that patients who underwent CT examination for atraumatic headache in an initial emergency department (ED) visit were less likely to return to the ED within 30 days. (2016-12-07)

New study to investigate role of sleep in chronic pain
Washington State University will lead a study to understand the relationship between sleep and chronic pain, part of a nationwide effort to address the rising abuse of opioid pain relievers and expand the arsenal of non-drug treatment options. (2016-12-05)

Medical glue is the clue to reducing IV drip failure
IV lines (drips) are the most common medical procedure in hospitals, but within two days 30 to 90 percent need replacing. Australian emergency medicine researchers recently published the results from a trial in which they successfully used medical grade superglue to hold drips in place more securely. The method reduced the need to replace the lines down to 17 percent as well as seeing a drop in infection rates. (2016-12-05)

How one minute could prevent unnecessary hospitalization, tests for patients with low-risk chest pai
Using a shared decision-making aid to involve patients more in their own care decisions can prevent unnecessary hospitalization or advanced cardiac tests for patients reporting low-risk chest pain -- for the cost of about 1 minute of time. So says a study from Mayo Clinic researchers, published online today in The BMJ. (2016-12-05)

Not much evidence behind advice to 'drink plenty of fluids' when unwell
Doctors often advise patients to 'drink plenty of fluids' and 'keep well hydrated' when unwell, but a new report calls for more research behind this advice. (2016-12-01)

Attempted suicide rates and risk groups essentially unchanged, new study shows
Johns Hopkins investigators report that their analysis of a national database representing more than 1 billion emergency department visits shows that over a recent eight-year period, nothing much has changed in the rates of unsuccessful suicide attempts, or in the age, gender, seasonal timing or means used by those who tried to take their lives in the United States. (2016-12-01)

Wound irrigation tools improvised in the wilderness are effective
In the wilderness, where proper medical equipment may not be readily available, options for delivering wound irrigation are limited. A team of researchers examined how much water pressure improvised irrigators could produce compared to a commercially available portable irrigator with splash guard. They looked at several different options that might be available outside of a hospital setting and found that most provided sufficient pressure to properly irrigate a wound. (2016-11-28)

New Neiman Institute study evaluates national trends in enteral access procedures
According to a new study by the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute, the last two decades have seen a substantial decline in new enteral access procedures in the Medicare population. (2016-11-23)

Study examines rates, causes of emergency department visits for adverse drug events
The prevalence of emergency department visits for adverse drug events in the United States was estimated to be four per 1,000 individuals in 2013 and 2014, and the most common drug classes involved were anticoagulants, antibiotics, diabetes agents, and opioid analgesics, according to a study appearing in the Nov. 22/29 issue of JAMA. (2016-11-22)

Survey: 1 in 4 vacations includes a trip to the ER
A new national survey by Orlando Health found one in four vacations actually include a trip to the ER. (2016-11-21)

Risk of hemorrhage with statins and stroke prevention drug combination
Two commonly used statins can increase the risk of hemorrhage when combined with dabigatran etexilate, a drug often used for preventing stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation, according to a study in CMAJ. (2016-11-21)

Efforts are needed to protect native species from feral cats
Feral cats are among the most damaging invasive species worldwide, particularly in Australia where they have caused the extinction of more than 20 mammal species. (2016-11-21)

Opioids, NSAIDs no different overall for persistent pain after vehicle crashes
A new study finds that on average, the risk of chronic pain after a car accident was no greater among people given NSAIDs than among people given opioids, but those with opioids were more likely to remain on medication longer. (2016-11-21)

Palliative care may mean fewer difficult transitions for older adults nearing end of life
A team of researchers decided to examine whether palliative care could make life easier for older adults with serious illnesses who live in nursing homes, especially as they neared the end of their lives. The team studied the connection between palliative care treatment and very ill nursing home residents' need for emergency services or hospital admissions. The researchers published their findings in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. (2016-11-18)

Hospital admissions rising for elderly patients with Parkinson's disease
Although treatment for Parkinson's disease (PD) is significantly extending the lives of patients, these patients are now being admitted to hospitals at increasing rates. In a study reported in the Journal of Parkinson's Disease, researchers in Ireland have found that the top five reasons for hospital admission of PD patients are urinary tract infections, pneumonia, lower respiratory tract infections, aspiration pneumonia and femur fracture. (2016-11-15)

Retail clinics do not reduce ER visits for minor ailments
Retail medical clinics are suppose to help cut health costs by providing a low-cost alternative to hospital emergency departments. But a new study finds that emergency department visits for 11 low-urgency ailments did not drop after retails clinics opened nearby. (2016-11-14)

Retail clinics do not decrease emergency department visits
Despite being touted as a way to reduce emergency department visits, retail clinics opened near emergency departments had little effect on rates of low-acuity visits to them, according to the results of a study published online today in Annals of Emergency Medicine. An accompanying editorial suggests that the primary effect of opening retail clinics is to increase health care use, not substitute for emergency department visits. (2016-11-14)

Frequent simulation-based training may improve CPR proficiency among hospital staff
Mobile simulation training can improve CPR proficiency among hospital personnel. (2016-11-12)

Ketofol an alternative deep sedative for emergency departments
Researchers have shown in a large clinical trial that 'ketofol'- - a combination of ketamine and propofol -- can be used safely and effectively to sedate adults in the emergency department. Knowing that ketofol is a viable alternative to propofol will give clinicians more options, especially as ketamine has pain relieving properties, which may reduce the need for other opiates. The trial also debunked the widely-held idea that ketamine caused frequent adverse psychological reactions in adults. (2016-11-08)

High number of sports-related eye injuries in US
From 2010 to 2013, approximately 30,000 individuals a year reported to emergency departments in the United States with sports-related eye injuries, according to a study published online by JAMA Ophthalmology. (2016-11-03)

Kids most likely to suffer sport-related eye injuries
Roughly 30,000 sports-related eye injuries serious enough to end in a visit to the emergency room occur each year in the United States, and the majority happen to those under the age of 18, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health-led research suggests. (2016-11-03)

WHO Trauma Care Checklist improves care for injured patients
Injury is responsible for more than 10 percent of the global burden of disease, killing more people each year than HIV, malaria and tuberculosis combined. More than 90 percent of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. Injury is also the leading cause of death in adolescents globally. (2016-11-02)

What are costs, consequences associated with misdiagnosed cellulitis?
Cellulitis is a common bacterial skin infection and a new study published online by JAMA Dermatology suggests misdiagnosis of the condition is associated with unnecessary hospitalizations and antibiotic use, as well as avoidable health care spending. (2016-11-02)

Prostate drug offers new relief for kidney stone suffers
A drug used to treat prostate cancer has been shown to also help treat kidney stones. The drug was trialled across several Australian hospitals, with patients who received the treatment passing large kidney stones more often than the placebo group. The outcomes could led to a reduction in patients requiring more complicated treatment, including surgery. (2016-11-02)

Stopped hearts need more research to start: Review shows lack of cardiac arrest studies
Hundreds of thousands of times a year in the US, a heart stops suddenly. Only one person in 10 survives a cardiac arrest, but new research shows a huge lack of studies aimed at improving care and survival. (2016-10-27)

Have a dental emergency? Your smartphone may soon be able to help you avoid trip to the ER
A novel mobile application enabling smartphones to capture and transmit images from inside the mouth, along with details on the dental emergency to provide the information dentists need to make a decision on what -- and how urgently -- care is needed has been developed and tested. (2016-10-27)

Two Mount Sinai researchers elected to National Academy of Medicine
Alison M. Goate, D.Phil, Professor of Neuroscience, Neurology and Genetic and Genomic Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Lynne D. Richardson, MD, FACEP, Professor of Emergency Medicine and Population Health Science and Policy, have been elected as two of 79 new members to the prestigious National Academy of Medicine (NAM), formerly known as The Institute of Medicine (IOM). (2016-10-26)

Uninsured children more often transferred from ERs than those with private insurance
New research being presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics 2016 National Conference & Exhibition found that uninsured children in emergency departments had almost four times the odds of being transferred to another facility for admission compared to patients with private insurance. (2016-10-21)

Study examines suicides publicized on social media and teens' ER visits
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teens and young adults in Canada and the United States. New research questions whether there is a link between adolescent suicide highly publicized on social media with an increase in emergency departments visits by teens for suicidal thoughts and attempts. (2016-10-21)

Visits to pediatric emergency departments for headache pain in children are on the rise
Evidence shows pediatric emergency departments are seeing a steady increase in the number of children going to the hospital for headaches, and new research to be presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2016 National Conference & Exhibition in San Francisco supports this worrisome trend. (2016-10-21)

35 percent of injury-related ER visits in Ghana alcohol-related
Researchers conducted a cross-sectional chart review of 1,085 patients older than 18 who presented to the KATH emergency department within eight hours of an injury and found 382 subjects, or 35 percent, tested positive for any level of alcohol in their systems. (2016-10-21)

Allina Health researchers present LifeCourse findings at national palliative care conference
Allina Health researchers find that late life care can be sustainable and improve quality of life for patients, families and caregivers. (2016-10-20)

Pitt to lead trauma network, up to $90M in Department of Defense-funded trauma research
The University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences has been awarded a US Department of Defense contract that could lead to $90 million in research over the next decade to improve trauma care for both civilians and military personnel. (2016-10-19)

U-M becomes training site for NIH career development program in emergency care research
The University of Michigan was recently awarded funding from the National Institutes of Health to establish an institutional career development program for advanced training in emergency critical care research. (2016-10-19)

'Any enrollment, any time': Penn Acute Research Collaboration supports lifesaving research
To address these gaps in research for patients with life-threatening injuries and illnesses, on Thursday, Penn Medicine will formally launch the Penn Acute Research Collaboration, a first-of-its-kind initiative to give a much needed shot of support to research projects in emergency departments, trauma bays, operating rooms, and intensive care units. (2016-10-19)

Elder abuse under-identified in US emergency departments
In a new study published this week in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, researchers used a nationally-representative dataset to estimate the frequency with which emergency providers make a formal diagnosis of elder abuse. The answer: 1 in 7,700 visits. (2016-10-18)

Study shows major omission in evidence of 'weekend effect' on mortality rates in hospitals
According to new research in the BMJ Quality & Safety journal, previous studies showing an increased risk of mortality following admission to hospital at weekends have failed to take account of the higher severity of patients' conditions. (2016-10-18)

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