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Emergency departments aren’t perceived as safe for professionals or their patients, according to an international survey from the European Society of Emergency Medicine (EUSEM).
More than 90% of emergency professionals surveyed said they felt at times the number of patients exceeded the capacity the emergency department (ED) had to provide safe care. Overcrowding was a problem, they sa...
Surviving a trip to the emergency room for an opioid overdose dramatically increases a patient's odds of dying in the year after, U.S. health officials reported Tuesday.
Of nearly 287,000 emergency room visits in 2016, more than 8,300 were for opioid overdoses. Of these, nearly 500 patients were dead from a drug overdose in the following year and 400 died from other causes, according to a...
A new study finds that while hydrocortisone on its own may not prevent death from sepsis, it can improve survival when combined with other steroids while eliminating the need for vasopressor drugs.
Vasopressor medications help raise blood pressure when it’s so low that you can’t get enough blood to your organs. Doctor often deliver these drugs via an IV.
“For the first time, t...
If you're old enough to dial 911, you're old enough to be a lifesaver.
Building lifesaving skills can start as young as age 4 and be expanded over the years, the American Heart Association and others advise in a new scientific statement.
Children can be adept at t...
There's a glimmer of good news when it comes to the mental health of America's adolescents: Visits to U.S. emergency departments for psychiatric troubles declined among kids aged 12 to 17 by the fall of 2022, compared to a year prior.
Overall, mean weekly adolescent emergency department (ED) visits for mental health conditions fell by 11% last fall, compared to higher levels in the fall o...
In the spring and summer, everyone races outside with their dogs to enjoy the warmer weather, but a new study suggests there is a downside to that.
More children are bitten by dogs in those months, according to researchers at Nemours Children's Health.
But a dog bite isn't inevitable: It's possible to keep both dogs and children safer, and to provide proper care if the unfortunate d...
Children are uniquely vulnerable to the effects of climate change, a new report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shows.
Climate change can affect learning, physical health and housing security, which can last throughout the child's life, according to the report.
“Understanding health risks to children is critical for developing effective and equitable strategie...
New research suggests that gender and money matter when it comes to getting a last-resort treatment after mechanical ventilation.
Funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the study found that certain groups are more likely to receive advanced pulmonary support through ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation).
Who is more likely to get it? Men, those with higher incomes an...
Tornadoes bring with them many dangers, but perhaps not so evident are the risks from colorless and odorless carbon monoxide (CO) from generators used to temporarily restore power.
With parts of the United States expecting another round of severe weather, the Consumer Product Safety Commission offers tips to avoid CO poisoning or fires in the aftermath of a major storm or tornado.
You just had a baby and you want to be ready for any infant emergency that might arise.
Wondering what items should be in your baby's first aid kit? Here are 15 essentials that you should have on hand once you bring your baby home, recommended by the experts at
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the over-the-counter use of a nasal spray that can reverse an opioid overdose.
Research has shown that wider availability of naloxone (Narcan) could save lives as the opioid epidemic rages on in this country.
“The FDA remains committed to addressing the evolving complexities of the overdose crisis. As part of this work, t...
It's extremely rare, but the number of women suffering cardiac arrest during childbirth is rising in the United States as older, less healthy women have babies, a new study finds.
One in 9,000 women hospitalized during delivery has a cardiac arrest -- a higher rate than previously known, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say.
"We did the study, b...
Hurricanes not only disrupt the communities they affect, they also pose an increased risk of death for people with dementia.
This heightened risk could owe to disruption in their normal routines, changes in their living environment or even changes in access to caregiving or medications, a University of Michigan researcher said.
"The important message is that older adults with dement...
Calico Critters animal figures and sets that were sold with bottle and pacifier accessories are being recalled due to a choking hazard.
Epoch Everlasting Play has recalled more than 3.2 million of the toys, the
A water heater set to 120 degrees Fahrenheit can release water from the tap hot enough to cause a second-degree burn in about nine minutes.
Turned up to 130 degrees, that injury happens in just 25 seconds. At 140 degrees, it only takes three seconds, according to a new study that tallied the personal and financial costs of scalding injuries in the United States.
Researchers led by ...
A nasal spray that can reverse an opioid overdose should be sold over-the-counter, two expert panels to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended Wednesday.
Research has shown that wider availability of naloxone -- brand named Narcan -- could save lives as the opioid epidemic rages on in this country.
The FDA advisors voted unanimously in favor of making the drug easier to ...
A nasal spray that can reverse an opioid overdose may become available for easier over-the-counter purchase.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisers are meeting Wednesday to discuss making generic naloxone hydrochloride available without requiring interaction with a pharmacist, CNN reported.
Approval could happen later this year. Research shows that wider availability of...
A growing number of U.S. kids are landing in hospital emergency rooms for a mental health crisis. Now a new study finds that many do not get follow-up care after they're discharged.
Experts said the findings, published Feb. 13 in the journal
In the wake of natural disasters like wildfires that have destroyed whole communities with alarming speed, some folks are focused on the beloved pets left behind — and how to save others in the future.
More than 1,000 pets died in the Marshall fire on Dec. 30, 2021, in Boulder County, Colo., according to
Watching the big game on a big TV? Keep safety in mind if young children are around.
Seven of 10 fatal furniture tip-over incidents in children involve a falling television, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warns.
Its latest report on furniture-related tip-over incidents turned up an annual average of 19,400 tip-over injuries treated in emergency rooms from 2019 to...
Hospital emergency codes are used to swiftly alert staff to something requiring a quick response, but a recent study suggests many health care workers can't accurately identify them.
To learn more, researchers focused on five Georgia health care facilities. The study included 304 ...
While appendicitis is a common emergency, Black people experiencing its symptoms more often have a delayed diagnosis.
But that doesn't happen in lower-quality hospitals that serve more Black patients, according to new research. There, Black people are diagnosed more quickly.
“There is clearly a benefit to patients being treated in predominantly minority-serving hospitals when they...
Fires started by people account for a majority of premature deaths related to inhalation of tiny smoke particles in the United States, a new study reveals.
These blazes, which are increasing, led to 20,000 premature deaths in 2018. That was 270% more than in 2003, according to researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge.
More than 80% of the premature deaths ...
New research out of California finds seniors are being treated in emergency rooms in significantly higher numbers for adverse side effects from cannabis consumption.
Researchers from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) said they studied the issue because they noticed more primary care patients ending up in the ER after using marijuana products.
"While we did expect to see...
Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin has been released from a Buffalo hospital just nine days after he suffered cardiac arrest during a Monday night football game.
"Damar Hamlin has been discharged from Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute," the Buffalo Bills team announced on
Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin is now back in New York.
The football player who collapsed on the field after suffering cardiac arrest during a Monday night game in Cincinnati has been released from an Ohio hospital, and will continue his recovery in a Buffalo hospital, the Buffalo Bills football team posted on
If you're sick or have been injured, you might not know whether the emergency room or urgent care is the right place to be treated.
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) offers some general advice, so you don't have to wonder where to go when immediate medical attention is needed.
“The emergency department is the best option for concerning symptoms, severe illness or...
While NFL safety Damar Hamlin is still critically ill after suffering cardiac arrest during a game on Monday, he is making a "fairly remarkable recovery," his doctors said during a news conference on Thursday.
“There has been substantial improvement in his condition over the past 24 hours,”
Damar Hamlin, the Buffalo Bills player who collapsed Monday after suffering cardiac arrest during a game, is showing “signs of improvement,” his team said Wednesday.
Still, the 24-year-old "is expected to remain under intensive care as his health care team continues to monitor and treat him,” the Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin threw himself into the path of a Cincinnati Bengals ball carrier, taking a hard hit to the chest that sent both NFL players to the ground.
Hamlin, 24, stood to dust himself off, took two steps — and then fell flat on his back, limp and unresponsive.
Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest following the tough tackle in Monday night's game, officials now s...
It's a scenario no parent would ever want to witness: Their child suffers a mental health crisis and is taken to the emergency room, only to have to wait 12 hours or more for the right medical care.
Sadly, it is what 1 in 5 of these young patients now face, new research finds.
"For kids with mental health conditions, long waits in the emergency department have been a compounding pr...
When rural hospitals shut down people need to go elsewhere, and a new study finds that nearby hospitals bear the strain of that patient overflow.
"Previous studies have shown that rural hospital closures can have negative health consequences for the communities they serve," said researcher Daniel George, an associate p...
The holiday season is filled with to-do lists, but one should rise to the top: Take care of your heart.
Whether from stress, cold weather or falling out of good habits in terms of eating, sleeping and drinking, heart attack rates spike as much as 40% between Christmas and New Year's, according to cardiologist
As yet another winter blizzard barrels down on the U.S. East Coast, the the American Heart Association (AHA) is cautioning people to take care when shoveling snow, since the exertion and the cold can cause serious heart problems.
Many people, especially those who don't exercise regularly, may face an increased risk of a heart attack or sudden cardiac arrest after shoveling heavy snow, ac...
From burns to cuts, kitchen accidents happen, and they may be more likely as you cook for holiday gatherings.
Treating those injuries quickly and effectively can help begin the healing process and may reduce scarring, according to a skin expert at the American Academy of Dermatology.
"Whenever your skin is injured -- whether by accident or from surgery -- your body works to rep...
Getting toys for some of the tots in your life this holiday season? Experts at Penn State Health offer tips on making safe choices.
Each year, about 200,000 U.S. children end up in the emergency room with a toy-related injury, ranging from poisoning to choking hazards, according to Jen Lau
A national hotline that people can call in a mental health emergency went down for a day before it was restored late Thursday.
Those in crisis could still reach counselors by texting 988 or visiting 988lifeline.org during the outage. The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Disaster Distress Helpline was also down.
It's unclear what happened to cause the...
It's a common dilemma when your child seems sick: Do you call the doctor, make a trip to urgent care or head straight to the emergency room?
If it's not an emergency, a call to your child's pediatrician may help guide you. The doctor's staff may recommend bringing your child in for a visit or going to urgent care -- particularly after hours when the pediatrician's office isn't open.<...
The whole family — even the youngest members — can take part in Thanksgiving's hours of food preparation by following some safety tips.
The nation's leading pediatrics organization offers some holiday advice for families with young children.
“There's a lot of excitement and joy surrounding meal preparation at this time of year, but it also can be stressful,” said
A crowded, overwhelmed emergency department raises the risk of death and suffering for patients throughout a hospital, a new study warns.
“The more the emergency room was crowded, the more people were dying throughout the hospital,” said lead researcher Charleen Hsuan, an assistant profe...
Increasing numbers of young children are showing up in emergency rooms after accidentally ingesting the cough suppressant benzonatate, U.S. health officials reported Tuesday.
Benzonatate is a non-narcotic cough suppressant first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1958 for children ages 10 and up. It works by reducing the cough reflex in the lungs and airways.
Illinois has seen a recent surge in the number of kids arriving in the emergency room for suicidal thoughts -- both during and shortly before the pandemic, according to a new study.
Among kids ages 5 to 19, ER visits for suicidal thoughts rose by 59% across the state between 2016 and 2021, researchers found. That included a sharp spike in the fall of 2019, followed by another in the fall ...
The EpiPen is a known lifesaver when someone with a serious food allergy eats something they can't tolerate.
Yet the auto-injection treatment is greatly underused in the United States, according to a new survey.
Just over half of at-risk adults said they had ever been prescribed the device, researchers found. And more than one-third of severe allergy sufferers mistakenly believe th...
As most American parents already know, cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a common illness of childhood, are surging this year. Hospitals are filling up with babies and toddlers very ill with the easy-to-catch illness, which is coming back with a vengeance after lying low during the pandemic.
Emergency rooms are clogged with people who are waiting for inpatient beds or other care and it's causing a crisis, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).
ACEP is one of more than 30 medical, patient advocacy and public health and safety groups who have sent
It's a potentially deadly issue: Some U.S. school administrators don't keep life-saving albuterol asthma inhalers on hand because they're afraid of getting sued for misuse. That's true even in states like Illinois, where strong "stock albuterol" laws are on the books, researchers say.
Kids with asthma don't always carry their inhalers, and some may not even know they have asthma until the...
Heat waves may be killing prisoners in Texas, according to an analysis that found far-higher-than-normal death rates in the state's non-air-conditioned prisons.
“The majority of Texas prisons do not have universal air conditioning,” noted lead study author Julie Skarha. “And in these...
When you set your clocks back on Sunday, do some simple at-home safety checks that could save your life.
Check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors to be sure they're working. This is also a good time to replace their batteries.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends replacing batteries once a...