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Giffords' surgeons, hospital build on success
The Arizona Republic via USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
University of Arizona Medical Center doctors and nurses worked round-the-clock to treat U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and other victims of a January 2011 Tucson-area shooting rampage. In the days after the attack that killed six people and wounded 13, the hospital became the focal point of Tucson's efforts to recover. Life has changed dramatically for the two surgeons who became medical celebrities with their daily media briefings on the victims. More

Scribes help doctors increase efficiency
Cumberland Times-News via Deseret News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With up to four doctors seeing an average of 170 patients each day in Western Maryland Regional Medical Center's emergency department, it is nice to have a helping hand, especially one with good penmanship. Enter the medical scribe. More

Night in a Baghdad ER
The New York Times (blog)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Now that the U.S. military has left Iraq, the long-term legacy of two decades of war and sanctions will become clearer over the coming months and years. It will manifest not only through violence, but also in the emergence — or otherwise — of civil institutions and their ability to provide basic services. One Iraqi doctor writes about how her hospital is coping. More

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New law seeks to prevent head injuries in youth sports
KKTV (Colorado)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
VideoBriefThe new year brings with it a number of new laws. One going into effect in Colorado is designed to better protect children from serious injuries when playing sports. It asks coaches to take greater responsibility for the health of the kids on their teams. Along with knowing the ins and outs of their sports, coaches will be trained to better understand concussions. More

Man lives with bullet lodged in head for 82 years, has no ill effects
Metro    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A man who was accidentally shot in the head 82 years ago has gone through life without suffering any ill effects, despite the bullet being lodged deep in his head. The Russian was shot by his brother when he was 3, the bullet resting at the base of the skull where the spinal cord passes. Doctors chose not to operate because they believed the risk of severe nerve damage was too high, according to a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine. More

Study looks past ER crowding and how to ensure patient comfort
Aurora Sentinel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When it came to examining the phenomenon of overcrowding in emergency rooms, Marion Sills had to find a way to streamline the study. The associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine wanted to focus on a specific population and specific type of injury. Eventually, she limited the data to younger patients seeking treatment for a common injury: acute long bone fracture. More

Beleaguered Canadian hospital resorts to lobby for emergency care
The Globe and Mail    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The perpetually beleaguered emergency department of British Columbia's Royal Columbian Hospital has chalked up another dubious achievement. The hospital has provoked headlines across Canada by treating overflow emergency patients in an adjacent coffee shop. Recently, it was the hospital lobby's turn to serve as an impromptu emergency ward. Five beds and privacy screens were installed in the lobby to accommodate a surge of patients with nowhere else to go. More

Delayed medical treatment of first-trimester miscarriage raises risk
Modern Medicine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Delaying medical treatment of confirmed first-trimester miscarriage significantly increases the use of emergency resources and the rate of unplanned vacuum aspiration of uterine contents, French researchers reported in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The study involved 182 women diagnosed with spontaneous abortion before 14 weeks' gestation. More

Disaster medicine dilemmas examined
American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Mass disasters require quick decisions about treatment that can lead doctors to question whether they made the best medical and ethical choices. A group of physicians, nurses, bioethicists and disaster-planning experts recently gathered in Kansas City to examine ethical dilemmas that arise when disasters strike. In 2011, damages exceeded the billion-dollar mark for 12 weather and climate disasters in the United States, breaking the record of nine disasters set in 2008. More

Scald injuries in the pediatric patient
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Burns affect approximately 1 million Americans each year, half of whom receive medical treatment. Unfortunately, about 3,500 of these patients die as the result of their injuries. The primary mechanism for burn injury in the pediatric population is scalding, which can result in significant morbidity and mortality. More

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