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After Another Shooting Tragedy, 'Stop the Bleed' Kits Urged for Schools

Posted 16 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 – Some of the 17 people killed Wednesday in the senseless Florida school shooting might have survived if their bleeding could have been stopped in time, experts say. Noting that it takes only 5 to 10 minutes for a gunshot victim to bleed to death, the American College of Surgeons has long pushed a nationwide program to train teachers simple but effective means of halting ...

What to Do If Someone's Bleeding Badly

Posted 8 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 8, 2017 – By knowing how to stop bleeding, you could save the life of a seriously injured person. Analysis of mass tragedies such as the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012 revealed that many victims could have been saved if bystanders had known how to control their bleeding, according to Dr. Justin Chandler, a trauma surgeon at Penn State's Hershey Medical Center. Penn ...

Health Tip: Recognizing Sepsis

Posted 13 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Sepsis is the body's deadly response to an infection that lurks in the tissues and organs. More than 1.5 million people in the United States get sepsis each year, and at least 250,000 die from it, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. While anyone can develop sepsis, it typically occurs in people aged 65 or older, people with weakened immune systems and among people with chronic ...

Gun Injuries Add Millions of Dollars to Hospital Costs

Posted 19 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 – Besides the toll in deaths and disability, hospitalizations linked to gun injuries cost U.S. taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars a year, a new study finds. A University of Iowa analysis of nationwide data on hospital admissions between 2003 and 2013 identified 336,785 for gun injuries. That's more than 30,000 a year, on average. More than 60 percent of gun ...

Land Mines Being Replaced by More Deadly Explosive Devices: Study

Posted 24 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 24, 2017 – Land mines have maimed thousands and been condemned in 162 countries, but new research shows they have been supplanted by a far more dangerous explosive device. Scientists compared the injuries from both land mines and what are known as improvised explosive devices (IEDs). They found these newer devices, which are often perceived as crude or primitive, are actually ...

Overcrowded ERs Risky for Some Seriously Ill Patients

Posted 21 May 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, May 21, 2017 – People with the potentially life-threatening infection complication known as sepsis are less likely to receive immediate antibiotic treatment in overcrowded emergency departments, researchers say. "Prompt initiation of appropriate antibiotics is the cornerstone of high-quality sepsis care, a fact emphasized in Medicare quality measures and international guidelines," said ...

Guns Send About 16 U.S. Kids to the Hospital Every Day

Posted 4 May 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 4, 2017 – About 16 American children are hospitalized daily due to gunshot injuries, a new study says. "Our findings add urgency to the need for preventive public health measures to reduce gun injuries in children," said study lead author Dr. Alyssa Silver. The researchers reviewed federal government data for the study. The study found that more than 5,800 children were ...

Tattoo Artists Risk Serious Pain in the Neck

Posted 21 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 – That "ink" on your shoulder may have hurt the tattoo artist more than it hurt you. A small study – touted as the first to measure the causes of aches and pains in tattoo artists – points to widespread back and neck problems among them. "There's no such thing as an official 'tattoo chair,' so artists adapt dental chairs or massage tables to make a client comfortable, ...

Gunshot Wounds Cost U.S. Hospitals Nearly $7 Billion Over 9 Years

Posted 21 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 – Hospital care for gunshot wounds cost the United States about $6.6 billion over a nine-year period, and total costs are likely much higher, researchers report. "There is a high cost for these injuries, especially because they are preventable," study author Sarabeth Spitzer, a medical student at Stanford University School of Medicine, said in a university news release. ...

Elder Abuse Often Missed In ER

Posted 27 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 25, 2016 – About 10 percent of American seniors suffer elder abuse, yet the problem is often missed in hospital emergency departments, a new study finds. Researchers reviewed national data and found that emergency doctors make a formal diagnosis of such cases in only 1 of 7,700 visits by seniors. "These findings indicate that the vast majority of victims of elder abuse pass through ...

Safety Group Releases Annual Dangerous Toys List

Posted 16 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 16, 2016 – With the holiday season approaching, the consumer watchdog group World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH) has released it annual list of the most dangerous toys. The organization urges parents to be cautious when buying toys this holiday season, noting that since January 2015 there have been recalls involving more than 800,000 individual products, including 500,000 this ...

Health Tip: Control a Bleeding Wound

Posted 9 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Rinsing a wound with cold water helps clean it, but it may not be enough to prevent infection. Bleeding is the body's natural way of cleansing a wound. Then again, too much bleeding isn't healthy either. Here's how to stop heavy bleeding, courtesy of the American Academy of Family Physicians: If available, use a sterile or clean piece of cloth, gauze or tissue. Hold the material over the ...

Few Young U.S. Burn Patients Transferred to Specialized Centers

Posted 5 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 5, 2016 – Few American children with significant burns are transferred to burn centers, despite current recommendations, a new study finds. Clearer guidelines are needed on the care of pediatric burn patients, said the researchers after analyzing 2012 data from emergency departments across the United States. The investigators found that nearly 127,000 children suffered burn ...

Fast Action Can Prevent Sepsis Death: CDC

Posted 23 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 – Many cases of life-threatening sepsis could be recognized and treated long before it causes severe illness or death, U.S. health officials report. Sepsis, or septicemia, occurs when the body has an extreme response to an infection. Without prompt treatment, organ failure can quickly follow. Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that ...

Health Tip: When You Get a Cut

Posted 9 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Most minor cuts can be cared for at home, but there are times when a cut needs a doctor's attention. The American Academy of Family Physicians says potential warning signs include a cut that: Has dirt inside that you can't remove. Bleeds excessively, meaning it soaks a bandage in less than 20 minutes, spurts blood or still bleeds despite 20 minutes of firm pressure. Causes numbness, ...

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