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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, and then they hunch over the client to create the tattoo," said study co-author Carolyn Sommerich. The result: The artists perch forward, often crane their necks and place considerable strain on the trapezius muscles of the upper back. These muscles are a common problem area when it comes to back and neck pain. Sommerich, director of the Engineering Laboratory for Human Factors/Ergonomics/Safety at Ohio State University, and her colleagues published their findings in a recent issue of the journal ... Read more

Related support groups: Headache, Neck Pain, Visual Defect/Disturbance, Wound Cleansing, Minor Skin Irritation, Wound Debridement, Minor Skin Conditions

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. Information for the study came from more than 267,000 patients hospitalized for gunshot wounds from 2006 through 2014. The investigators found that the cost of those admissions averaged $735 million per year. The study included gunshot injuries that were self-inflicted, accidental or due to an assault. The researchers said the nearly $7 billion total over the nine-year study period is only a fraction of the total hospital costs for treating gunshot wounds. That's because the study focused on ... Read more

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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 the emergency department without the problem being identified," study senior author Dr. Timothy Platts-Mills, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of North Carolina's School of Medicine, said in a school news release. "Emergency physicians strive to make sure that for each patient who comes through the door, all serious and life-threatening conditions are identified and addressed. For elder abuse, EDs across the country are falling short," he added. Platts-Mills is also ... Read more

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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 year alone. According to WATCH, every three minutes a child is treated in a U.S. emergency room for a toy-related injury. Since January 2015, there have been at least 19 toys with safety defects recalled in the United States. These recalls involved more than 800,000 units of toys – including 500,000 this year, the group said in a news release. "Consumers can inspect new toys as well as toys already in homes and schools for dangerous hazards and stay away from any toys that may have been ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Eye Dryness/Redness, Fracture, bone, Corneal Abrasion, Visual Defect/Disturbance, Wound Cleansing, Wound Debridement, Wound Sepsis, Prevention of Fractures

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 wound, gently applying pressure. Have another piece of clean material on hand. If the bleeding soaks the first piece, apply another clean piece on top, but don't remove the first piece. Hold the clean material in place for another 20 minutes with firm pressure. Raise a bleeding leg or arm above the level of your heart. Read more

Related support groups: Bleeding Disorder, Scrapes, Coagulation Defects and Disorders, Wound Cleansing, Minor Cuts, Wound Debridement, Minor Skin Conditions

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 injuries that year, and more than half (69,000) had significant burns. That means significant burns occur to about 189 U.S. children a day. The American Burn Association recommends that children with significant burns be referred to a burn center for evaluation and care. But this study found that among children with significant burns seen at hospitals that handle few such cases, about 90 percent were treated and released from the emergency department. Four percent were admitted to the hospital and not ... Read more

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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 about 70 percent of patients with sepsis had used health care services recently or had chronic diseases that required regular medical care. That means there are many opportunities for health care providers to intercept sepsis along its potentially deadly course, according to the CDC report. "When sepsis occurs, it should be treated as a medical emergency," CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said in an agency news release. "Doctors and nurses can prevent sepsis and also the devastating effects of ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Sepsis, Bacteremia, Septicemia, Wound Cleansing, Wound Sepsis, Wound Debridement

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, inflammation or tenderness. Oozes a gray, creamy, thick fluid. Is accompanied by a fever of greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Displays red streaks around the edges. Is on your face or prevents you from moving comfortably. Is deep, and you haven't had a tetanus shot in the past five years. Read more

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Tricycle Accidents Send More Than 9,000 Tots to ER a Year: Study

Posted 14 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 14, 2015 – The lowly tricycle can be a dangerous ride, sending more than 9,300 children to U.S. emergency rooms each year, a new study finds. Kids 1 and 2 years old accounted for 52 percent of those tricycle-related ER visits in 2012-2013, researchers found. Boys were injured more often than girls, and most injuries involved cuts, usually on the face. "Parents need to take a good hard look at what their kids are playing on to make sure they don't get injured," said study co-author Dr. Hany Atallah, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. Check the safety features and the age recommendations, he said. Although no trike deaths were reported during the study period, the researchers said two dozen children died from tricycle injuries between 2005 and 2012. The deaths were due to falling or drowning. For the study, ... Read more

Related support groups: Fracture, bone, Wound Cleansing, Wound Debridement, Prevention of Fractures

Health Tip: Minimize Scarring

Posted 19 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Minor wounds and surgical scars should heal themselves, but there are things you can do to minimize scarring. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends: Use gentle soap and water to clean the area. Apply a bit of petroleum jelly to keep the skin moist. Use an adhesive bandage to cover a wound after it has been washed and protected with petroleum jelly. Change the bandage daily. Follow your doctor's recommendations for wounds that needed stitches. Once the skin has healed, protect it with sunscreen. Read more

Related support groups: Skin and Structure Infection, Keloids, Scrapes, Wound Cleansing, Minor Cuts, Wound Debridement, Minor Skin Conditions

Health Tip: Should I Bandage a Wound?

Posted 3 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Proper wound care can promote healing and ward off infection. The American Academy of Family Physicians advises: An unbandaged wound typically stays more dry and heals more quickly. Wounds that may become dirty or may be irritated by clothing should be bandaged. Use bandages with an adhesive strip and sterile gauze. Change the bandage daily. Use an occlusive bandage (air-tight and anti-bacterial) for a large wound to help it stay moist and clean. Read more

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Dermatologist's Tips for Reducing Scars After Cuts, Scrapes

Posted 15 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 15, 2015 – During the summer, people tend to get more scrapes, cuts and scratches, which can lead to scars. But there are a number of things you can do to reduce scarring, according to Dr. Ellen Marmur, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. "The appearance of a scar often depends on how well your wound heals. While scars from surgery or over joints like the knees and elbows are hard to avoid, scars caused by minor cuts and scrapes can become less noticeable by properly treating your wound at home," she said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. Marmur offered some tips for reducing the appearance of scars caused by minor skin injuries. Gently wash the injury site with mild soap and water to remove debris and keep out germs. Apply petroleum jelly to keep the wound from drying ... Read more

Related support groups: Keloids, Wound Cleansing, Wound Debridement

Health Tip: Prevent Dog Bites

Posted 4 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Educating children, parents and dog owners can help prevent dog bites. The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) suggests: Never allow a child to approach a dog that is sleeping, eating, taking care of puppies or chewing a toy or bone. Never allow a child to approach a dog that is barking, growling or seems afraid. Teach your child to ask permission to pet an unfamiliar dog. If the owner says it's OK, your child should allow the dog to sniff a closed hand, then gently pet it on the shoulders or chest instead of the top of the head. Explain to your child to never approach a loose dog. A child also should never try to pet a dog behind a fence or inside a car. Read more

Related support groups: Wound Cleansing, Wound Debridement

Tips for Preventing Dog Bites

Posted 25 May 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 25, 2015 – Dog bites are a serious public health issue, but many are preventable, experts say. About 4.7 million Americans – more than half of them children – suffer dog bites each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Even the friendliest dog may bite when startled or surprised. Be cautious; once a child is scarred they are scarred for life," said Dr. Gregory Evans, president of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery. "Most children love dogs and like to put their faces up close to the dog's face. Parents should never permit this. Injuries to the face and hands can be disfiguring or disabling and require prompt, expert medical attention," Evans said in a society news release. Two-thirds of dog bites among children occur to the head and neck, and often require plastic surgery, according to the news release. Last year alone, ... Read more

Related support groups: Rabies Prophylaxis, Wound Cleansing, Wound Sepsis, Wound Debridement

Maggots Quickly Clean Up Wounds, Study Shows

Posted 20 Dec 2011 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 20 – The surgeons' scalpel may have new (and wriggling) competition in cleaning troublesome wounds: maggots. To the uninitiated the treatment may seem strange. But new French research suggests that bagging up live, sterile fly larvae in tightly meshed dressing packs and applying them to open sores can be a quick, safe and effective way to clear away dead tissue. Actually, "maggot debridement therapy" (MDT) has a long history in medicine. And the new investigation suggests that this approach – traditionally reserved for more severe wounds – can be a quick, first-line therapy for less severe lesions. "Twenty years ago, maggot therapy was performed mostly as a 'last resort' prior to amputation," for the treatment of non-healing wounds, explained Dr. Ronald A. Sherman, a "biotherapeutics" researcher at the University of California, Irvine, and the Los Angeles and Orange ... Read more

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