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Stroke scans could reveal COVID-19 infection
New research from King's College London has found that COVID-19 may be diagnosed on the same emergency scans intended to diagnose stroke. (2020-09-17)
University of Cincinnati research produces different results from key China COVID-19 study
Early in the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a small study in China produced results that influenced subsequent research on the virus. (2020-09-17)
One in 10 older dental patients inappropriately prescribed opioids
A new study by researchers at the University of Illinois Chicago and the University of Pittsburgh suggests that a significant proportion of older patients receiving opioids at dental visits also use psychotropic medications -- a potentially harmful combination. (2020-09-16)
Potential COVID-19 drug azithromycin may increase risk for cardiac events
Azithromycin -- a commonly-prescribed antibiotic -- also is being investigated as a potential treatment for COVID-19. (2020-09-16)
The accident preventers
Before autonomous vehicles participate in road traffic, they must demonstrate conclusively that they do not pose a danger to others. (2020-09-16)
New research provides global analysis of storm surge footprints
New research provides a global analysis of the footprint of storm surges, providing a first step toward helping decision-makers coordinate flood management and emergency response plans across borders. (2020-09-15)
Patient access to after-hours primary care could prevent some less urgent ER visits
Patients who receive in-home nursing care have lower emergency room utilization if they have access to after-hours primary care. (2020-09-15)
1 in 10 COVID-19 patients return to hospital after being sent home from ER
Penn study finds patients with low pulse oximetry readings or fever were more than three times as likely to require hospitalization after their initial discharge as compared to other COVID patients. (2020-09-15)
Improving the transition from pediatric to adult rheumatology care
As children with chronic rheumatic illnesses age, it's important that they experience a smooth transition from pediatric to adult care. (2020-09-10)
Study suggests EDs should tailor clinical decision support to avoid antibiotic over-prescribing
Researchers at the University of Colorado College of Nursing at the Anschutz Medical Campus found that a unique set of factors of the emergency department (ED) makes standard Clinical Decision Support (CDS) systems not as effective in helping to reduce antibiotic overprescribing in that environment. (2020-09-10)
COVID-19 may have been in LA as early as last December, UCLA-led study suggests
UCLA researchers and colleagues who analyzed electronic health records found that there was a 50% increase in patients with coughs and acute respiratory failure at UCLA Health hospitals and clinics beginning in late December 2019 and continuing into February, suggesting that COVID-19 may have been circulating in the area months before the first definitive cases in the U.S. were identified. (2020-09-10)
Case study describes unexpected diagnosis of one of the first cases of MIS-C in US
At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in April, a 14-year-old boy was admitted to the emergency department at Nemours Children's Health System in Delaware with mysterious symptoms in what would later be identified as one of the first cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) in the U.S. (2020-09-09)
UC study: Secondhand smoke sends more kids to the hospital
Children who are exposed to tobacco have higher rates of hospital admissions after visiting emergency departments or urgent care facilities, according to a new study by University of Cincinnati researchers. (2020-09-08)
Anxiety and depression are associated with medical care avoidance during the pandemic
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been empirical and anecdotal reports of declines in both emergency and ambulatory medical visits. (2020-09-03)
Innovative biocontainment unit shows promise to protect healthcare workers
The U.S. Army partnered with the University of Pittsburg Medical Center to create a biocontainment unit that could help healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patients. (2020-09-03)
Yale trial addresses health disparities in alcohol treatment
Yale researchers are completing a first-of-its-kind clinical trial to test the efficacy of an automated bilingual alcohol screening and intervention tool for use in emergency departments (EDs). (2020-09-01)
Wearable device could help EMTs, surgeons assess hemorrhage blood loss
Emergency medical technicians (EMTs), military medics, and emergency room physicians could one day be better able to treat victims of vehicular accidents, gunshot wounds, and battlefield injuries thanks to a new device under development that may more accurately assess the effects of blood loss due to hemorrhage. (2020-08-31)
Improving FDA's COVID-19 vaccine authorization and approval process
On March 28, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) exercised its Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) authority to allow the use of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19, and on June 15, the agency revoked this authorization. (2020-08-31)
AI accurately identifies infants with low risk of serious bacterial infection
Artificial intelligence, or 'supervised machine learning,' could help identify which well-appearing infants with fever, who are 60 days old or younger, are at low risk for a serious bacterial infection, according to a study published in Pediatrics. (2020-08-27)
US hospital admissions for stroke fell by almost a third during lockdown
Almost a third fewer cases of stroke and mini-stroke (TIA) were seen in US hospitals during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic between March and April this year compared to the same time in 2019, finds research published in the journal Stroke and Vascular Neurology. (2020-08-26)
Treating COVID-19 could lead to increased antimicrobial resistance
Research led by the University of Plymouth suggests the increased use of antibiotics in the treatment of COVID-19 patients could be placing an additional burden on waste water treatment works, particularly those serving large or emergency hospitals (2020-08-25)
Online searches for 'chest pain' rise, emergency visits for heart attack drop amid COVID
A study of search engine queries addressed the question of whether online searches for chest pain symptoms correlated to reports of fewer people going to the emergency department with acute heart problems during the COVID-19 pandemic. (2020-08-24)
Children with cognitive delays are more likely to have CT scan to diagnose appendicitis
Computed tomography (CT) is used at a higher rate than ultrasound in children with developmental and cognitive impairments to diagnose appendicitis, even though CT scans increase radiation risk in smaller bodies. (2020-08-21)
Clear will and capacity to help emergency care in crisis
Operators beyond the confines of conventional emergency healthcare are willing and able to assist in a crisis, a University of Gothenburg study shows. (2020-08-20)
Social distancing decreased paediatric respiratory tract infections in Finland
Finland declared a lockdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, and the ensuing social distancing measures decreased the number of paediatric emergency room visits to nearly one-third of what they used to be, according to a recent register-based study conducted in collaboration between the University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio University Hospital and the National Institute for Health and Welfare. (2020-08-17)
Opioid use can trigger deafness
Opioid use, particularly in high doses, can cause deafness, according to Rutgers researchers. (2020-08-17)
Climate stabilization: Lessons from the corona crisis
Highlighting the parallels between the global health and the climate emergency, a team of researchers from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) has analyzed what policy makers and citizens can learn from the corona outbreak and how to apply it to the global effort of reducing CO2 emissions. (2020-08-14)
New Analysis Reveals Worsening Shortage of Emergency Physicians in Rural Areas
Despite the nation's growing reliance on emergency departments, large areas of rural America are experiencing shortages emergency physicians, according to a new emergency medicine workforce analysis in Annals of Emergency Medicine. (2020-08-12)
Rates of dog bites in children up during COVID-19 pandemic
Greater rates of Colorado's children are going to the pediatric emergency department as a result of dog bites during the COVID-19 pandemic. (2020-08-11)
Storing energy in red bricks
Red bricks -- some of the world's cheapest and most familiar building materials -- can be converted into energy storage units that can be charged to hold electricity, like a battery, according to new research from Washington University in St. (2020-08-11)
Study finds ATV-related head and neck injuries among youth continue to remain high
A new study conducted by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Nationwide Children's Hospital analyzed data regarding ATV-related head and neck injuries treated in U.S. emergency departments from 1990 through 2014 involving patients younger than 18 years of age. (2020-08-10)
Artificial intelligence-enhanced ECGs may speed heart failure diagnosis and treatment
Electrocardiogram results evaluated with an artificial intelligence-enhanced formula may be able to detect decreased heart function more accurately and quickly than standard blood tests in patients being evaluated in the emergency room for shortness of breath. (2020-08-04)
Properly-equipped laypersons can potentially reverse opioid overdose mortality
After tracking a cohort of community members equipped with naloxone and a smartphone application for more than a year, researchers showed that laypersons can effectively signal and respond to overdose incident to administer nasal naloxone in advance of emergency medical service (EMS) arrival. (2020-08-03)
LSU Health study suggests snap diagnoses may be more accurate
A pilot study conducted by a team of LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine faculty has found that Snapchat is an effective tool to teach residents emergency radiology. (2020-08-03)
ED visits, hospital admissions in health care systems in early months of COVID-19 pandemic
Changes in emergency department visits and hospitalizations as the COVID-19 pandemic intensified in the U.S. are examined in this observational study that included 24 emergency departments in five health care systems in Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and North Carolina. (2020-08-03)
Emergency Department visits plunged as COVID-19 cases climbed, Yale study finds
A new study from researchers at Yale and the Mayo Clinic found that emergency department (ED) visits dropped significantly in March as the public responded to messages about staying home as a result of the pandemic. (2020-08-03)
The effects of COVID-19 on emergency visits, hospitalizations
As COVID-19 swept into the U.S., hospitals across the country have reported that their emergency departments are emptying out. (2020-08-03)
New risk tool developed for cardiac arrest patients
Experts have developed a risk score to predict cardiac arrest patient outcomes. (2020-07-30)
Gender gaps in surgical specialties may take decades to close
Among the largest resident specialties in the US, little progress has been made in closing the gender gap, with most of the largest residencies demonstrating a less than 1 percent increase in women trainees per year. (2020-07-29)
Social distancing varies by income in US
Wealthier communities went from being the most mobile before the COVID-19 pandemic to the least mobile, while poorer areas have gone from the least mobile to the most mobile, according to a UC Davis study. (2020-07-29)
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