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What to Do If Someone's Bleeding Badly

Posted 8 days ago 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 State is part of a national program called "Stop the Bleed" that offers training in how to deal with bleeding in injured people. Similar training efforts already exist for such things as providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or using an automated external defibrillator (AED) to restore a normal heart rhythm. "People can bleed to death in less than 3 minutes with very bad injuries," Chandler said in a university news release. "But we can teach you a variety of techniques to control bleeding ... Read more

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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 health conditions. Here are potential symptoms that the CDC says can help you recognize sepsis: Confusion or disorientation. Shortness of breath. High heart rate. Fever, shivering or feeling very cold. Extreme pain or discomfort. Clammy or sweaty skin. Read more

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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 injuries resulted from assaults, according to the study. Of those, 70 percent were caused by handguns. In all, 23 percent of gun injuries were accidental and 9 percent were self-inflicted. Hospitalization costs for gun injuries during the study period topped $622 million a year. While that's less than 1 percent of the $377 billion spent each year for hospital stays, gun injuries are often more costly to treat, researchers said. Average cost of a typical hospital stay was $10,400, compared with $17,000 ... Read more

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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 sophisticated and highly destructive. Overall, the research team found that IEDs cause much more serious injuries and are more likely to result in amputations than land mines. "The injury pattern suffered by the survivors of the IED is markedly worse than that of conventional [land mines]," said the study authors, led by Dr. Shane Smith, of University of Western Ontario in Canada. To come to that conclusion, the researchers analyzed injuries sustained by 100 people during IED attacks in Afghanistan ... Read more

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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 the study's lead author, Dr. Ithan Peltan. He is a physician at the Intermountain Medical Center and University of Utah School of Medicine. Each one-hour delay in receiving antibiotics is associated with as much as a 10 percent increase in the risk of death from sepsis, Peltan pointed out in a news release from the American Thoracic Society. The study looked at 945 sepsis patients at emergency departments of four hospitals in Utah. The patients were seen between July 2013 and December 2015. ... Read more

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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 hospitalized with gunshot injuries in 2012. Most of the injuries to those younger than 15 were accidental, but most of the injuries among those ages 15 to 19 occurred during assaults. "The fact that 57 percent of firearm-related injuries in children under 15 years old were unintentional, for example, highlights the need for improved gun safety and storage practices," Silver said in an American Academy of Pediatrics news release. She's an attending physician and assistant professor of pediatrics at ... Read more

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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

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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

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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, Minor Skin Conditions, Wound Debridement

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 Debridement, Wound Sepsis

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

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

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

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