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Preteens Screen Positive For Suicide Risk During ER Visits

A research team found nearly one-third of youth ages 10 to 12 years; screened positive for suicide risk in ER visits or emergency department settings. As part of a larger study on youth suicide risk screening in emergency departments; researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health;…

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Opioid Misuse Leads More Olds To Emergency Departments

This study sought to investigate factors associated with opioid misuse-related emergency department (ED); visits among older adults and changes in outcomes associated with these visits; but using multiple years of nationally representative data. A retrospective analysis of the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample was conducting. Study inclusion was limiting to adults aged 65 years and older.…

Heart attack

ECG Rhythm And Airway Management During Heart Attack

In cardiac arrest, the speed and type of treatment can literally mean life or death in the immediate term; but can also affect health outcomes after successful resuscitation. During out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), effective treatment starts with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and; if necessary, electric shock by a defibrillator. In performing the process, emergency medical service…

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Women Call Ambulances For Their Men But Not For Themselves

The Polish Registry of Acute Coronary Syndromes (PL-ACS); presented two studies this week at the Acute Cardiovascular Care 2019 a European Society of Cardiology (ESC) congress. Here a fact emerged showing that women call ambulances for their husbands; fathers and brothers who develop symptoms of a heart attack but fail to do the same for…

Hospital-to-Home Transition Care For Heart Failure Patients

Providing additional health-care services for heart failure patients to help them transition from hospital to home does not improve their outcome, according to research led by the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) of McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS). The conclusion comes from a trial that followed the health status of almost 2,500 adults hospitalized;…

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Team Improves Emergency Care For Patients With Chest Pain

Emergency physicians at Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Southern California reduced hospital admissions; and cardiac stress testing by using new criteria to assess the level of risk patients with chest pain have for subsequent cardiac events. The emergency department assessment was implemented across Kaiser Permanente Southern California; and has improved the quality and efficiency of care for…

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Common Drug Interactions in Emergency Department Could Be Prevented

In a recent Rutgers study, 38% of patients discharged from the emergency department had at least one drug interaction resulting from a newly prescribed medicine. The study, which was published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine; identified the most common prescription drug combinations that may result in a negative interaction. “If a new prescription given in…

Atrial Fibrillation

New 2019 Guidelines For Patients With Atrial Fibrillation

Nearly 3 million Americans are living with atrial fibrillation (AFib), which is described as quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). With increasing lifespan and increasing prevalence of risk factors such as obesity, experts believe the number of people living with AFib will increase at an exponential rate in the next decade. This has important public implications…

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New Initiative Helps Emergency Clinicians To Improve Patient Care

An Australian initiative is successfully helping emergency doctors and nurses develop better treatments, diagnostics and services for improving patient care. After seeing first-hand the problems time-poor emergency clinicians had in taking part in research projects the Emergency Medicine Foundation – Australia (EMF) launched a Research Support Network (RSN) in late 2015. EMF piloted the program…

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Highlights of The True Scale of Emergency Department Crisis

Responding to the release of performance figures for January 2019 which show worst ever four-hour performance and the highest ever number of emergency admissions, President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, Dr Taj Hassan said: “These are the worst figures on record, showing that despite the positivity around the NHS Long Term Plan, the suffering affecting…

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Curbing Surprise Medical Bills Percolate With Rare Bipartisan Push

Surrounded by patients who told horror stories of being stuck with hefty bills; President Donald Trump recently waded into a widespread health care; problem for which almost everyone even those with insurance is at risk: surprise medical billing. Trump’s declaration that taming unexpected bills would be a top priority for his administration echoed through; the halls…

Firearm injury

Firearm Injury Survivors More Likely To Be Readmitted

Firearm violence is preventable. The first step in preventing it is to understand the nature and extent of the problem what it is, whom it affects, where it occurs, how patterns have changed over time and the factors contributing to these changes. An examination of the factors contributing to firearm violence; and changes over time…