Search Tag: Emergency

IT Management

Electronic Wristbands Could Transmit Vital Data From Disaster Victims

2015 08 Feb

The coloured paper tags used to classify victims of mass casualty incidents may one day be replaced by plastic electronic wristbands capable of transmitting real-time data to emergency response control centres. The new tags are being developed by an international team of researchers at Fraunhofer-Institute fuer Angewandte Informationstechnik (FIT),... Read more

Cardiology Management

Blood Sugar Levels Can Predict Risk of Early Death

2015 09 Jan

According to new evidence, checking the blood sugar levels of people who arrive at hospital emergency departments with acute heart failure could play an important role in identifying patients who are at high risk of early death, further hospitalisations or the development of other health problems such as diabetes. The study has been published... Read more

Executive Health Management

Emergency Admissions to Hospital via A&E Up, via GPs Down

2014 11 Nov

According to analysis published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, the number of emergency admissions to hospital via A&E departments increased significantly in England from 2001/02 to 2010/11, while the number via GPs decreased. The analysis was conducted by researchers at Imperial College London and was funded by the National... Read more

ICU Management

Ventilators Differ in Their Characteristics, Performance

2014 27 Oct

Transportation of critically ill patients requiring mechanical ventilation requires clinical experience, an efficient device, and careful determination of gases and/or electrical resources. Emergency and transport ventilators (ETVs) should be technically accurate, and as autonomous as possible. ETVs have become increasingly sophisticated, offering... Read more

ICU Management

Two Studies Examine ED Timeliness

2014 15 Sep

Two studies which examined timeliness and lengths of stay in emergency departments (ED) found potential for improvement. Furthermore, variability across EDs was found to depend on factors such as hospital size, urban vs. rural location, ownership and teaching status, as well as rates of inpatient admissions. ED Timeliness A study conducted... Read more

Cardiology Management

Post-ED Care Impacts Admission Rates

2014 11 Aug

Hospital admission rates for patients with heart failure (HF) presenting for emergency department (ED) care vary, and the implications of direct discharge home from the ED are unknown. There is a substantial economic burden of HF admissions and a focus on readmissions as a quality of care measure. However, there is little appreciation of the pitfalls... Read more

IMAGING Management

Boston Marathon Bombings: Emergency Radiology Response Assessment

2014 15 Jul

A review of the Brigham and Women's Hospital emergency radiology response to the Boston Marathon bombings in April 2013 underscores the vital role medical imaging plays in emergency situations. At the same time, the new study focuses on how radiology departments can improve their preparedness for mass casualty events. As a Level 1 trauma centre,... Read more

IT Management

'Text Message Medicine' Fights Binge Drinking

2014 15 Jul

According to a study published online in 'Annals of Emergency Medicine', mobile phone text messages could be used as a means to help young adults reduce their dependence on alcohol. Researchers noted a significant reduction (over 50 percent) in alcohol use  after young adult binge drinkers received cell phone texts following a visit to the emergency... Read more

ICU Management

Specialised Ambulance Speeds Earlier Treatment for Stroke Patients

2014 28 Apr

An ambulance designed specifically for stroke treatment improved the treatment time for ischaemic strokes, thanks to specialised onboard equipment and staffing. These are the findings of a German study published in JAMA’s neurology-themed April 23/30 issue.   Stroke leads to disability or death for thousands of people each... Read more

Cardiology Management

American Heart Association Launches Online Pediatric First Aid & CPR Course

2014 17 Apr

New course teaches child care providers and parents vital life-saving skills For parents and child care providers, the statistics about accidental injuries of children up to age 19 are daunting. More than 12,000 children die from accidental injuries each year, and more than 9.2 million are treated in the ER for nonfatal injuries, according to... Read more