Emergency Care For You

Happy 50th Anniversary ACEP!

Most people today understand that emergency physicians are medical specialists. This wasn’t true 50 years ago, before the development of specialty began. Nearly 80 percent of those who had been patients in the past year indicated they trust emergency physicians and were satisfied with care they provided.

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Dear Patient: A Letter from Your Emergency Physician

I’m sorry I had to meet you tonight. I know that just by ending up in my ER, you’ve had a bad day, perhaps even the worst day of your life. Thank you for trusting me to share in that day.

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Your Summer Guide to Bug Bites & Skin Rashes

Summer is here, the sun is out, and so is our skin. It’s important to know when to treat at home, when to see a doctor, and keep in mind some basic prevention tips.

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Heat Stroke and Hot Cars

Since 2017, the total number of children in the US that died from heatstroke after being left in a car is 72. Most of these children are under 3 years of age.

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Why We Do What We Do: Love, Leadership and Gunga Din

You may wonder, with all that’s going on, how can these doctors have any feelings left for me? Or, into whose emotionally calloused hands am I entrusting my sprained ankle, my laceration, my life? We are here because the emergency department is where we want to be. This is where we have chosen to be.

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Not the Right Time for a Selfie: A Conversation about Hawaii and Volcano Safety

Hawaii is a beautiful place to live or visit. The eruption of Kilauea on the Big Island continues to raise questions about the safety and health of residents and visitors.

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A Day in the Life of a Female Resident

Residency is an important time in medical training, working toward independence yet still requiring supervision. I am the only female in my residency class and I have found that being a female resident in the Emergency Department can be difficult at times. But, the challenge has its rewards.

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Don’t Go to the Hospital Alone: The Impact of an Advocate in the ED

As a medical student many years ago, I remember caring for a 20-year old woman in the intensive care unit (ICU) with a very severe infection that resulted in her being on a ventilator for months. Let’s call her Jane. Her hospital course was complicated: re-infections, loss of digits, muscle wasting.

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When in Doubt, Sit Them Out: Recognizing Concussions in Children

According to the CDC, a concussion is a form of traumatic brain injury that results when there is a sizable hit that occurs to one’s head, face, neck or even body.

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Dry-Drowning Doesn't Exist

It seems once the weather warms up and pools open, there is an effort to scare parents with the threat of the modern day boogie-man, silent killer, stealing lives in the night, known as "dry-drowning." "Dry-drowning" doesn't exist. In fact, there has never been a documented case in medical literature of a completely asymptomatic person dying as the result of drowning at a later time.

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Stop the Bleed: Simple Steps to Save a Life

Bleeding is the leading cause of preventable trauma-related death in the United States. The key word here is PREVENTABLE. There are some simple steps that anyone can take to save a life.

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When - and when not - to call an ambulance

An ambulance provides transport to a hospital and enables emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to begin medical treatment on arrival, extending treatment through the ride to the medical center.

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Cold Weather Crisis: Spotting and Preventing Hypothermia

Bitter cold temperatures continue to strike nationwide this season. Overexposure to cold can be extremely dangerous, especially for people in regions less accustomed to harsh winter weather. It is important to know the signs of hypothermia and take steps to avoid an emergency.

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Prescription Safety and Pain Management: Lessons from San Diego

More than 90 precious lives are lost every day from prescription drug abuse and chances are that you know someone who has died or had their life immeasurably affected by this public health crisis.

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Flu FAQ: Spread the Word, Not the Germs

Flu season is rapidly descending upon us, let’s spread the word and not the germs. You can take steps to limit your exposure, prevent spreading or treat complications. Your biggest flu questions are answered here.

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When a Loved One Has Dementia

The holidays can be a tough time if you are caring for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s.

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My Patient - The Shark Attack Victim

One mid-morning, a pick-up truck drove into our ambulance parking site and a young man in wet surfing pants ran into the ER shouting: "the shark took his whole lower leg off!!"

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That Thing You Ate – A Look at Food Poisoning

Many things can cause food poisoning, including: bacteria, viruses, toxins, parasites, etc.

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ER Doctor: It's Time to Bring Back Hugging – Everywhere

The need to be hugged and experience human contact is in the root of our DNA. It is the building block of our soul. It is as much a part of each of us as the air we breathe. We curl up and we die inside without it.

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Summer Can Sting: How to Stop Jellyfish and Stingrays from Ruining Your Beach Trip

“Stings” by jellyfish and stingrays are common during the summer months.

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No Ordinary Bath Salts: Dealing With The Nation’s Synthetic Drug Problem First-Hand

Synthetic drugs first appeared in the United States nearly 10 years ago.

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The Fading Light of a Time of Heroes

The medical student pulled up a chair and began to discuss her patient with me. She rattled off his stats 94 years old, surprisingly healthy, looks 80…couple bumps and bruises, better safe than sorry kind of stuff.

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Today’s Special: CPR with a Side of Fries? - How to Talk About End-of-Life Decisions

Physicians are not waiters. When talking about treatment plans with patients in the emergency department, we lay out our concerns, the pros and cons of different options, and why we recommend one over the other for the particular patient. We do not ask patients which antibiotic combination they would prefer.

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My Patient Mr. "J" — The Front Lines of America's Heroin Crisis

I was caring for a heroin patient a few months back. This person was comatose and barely breathing.

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What is holiday heart syndrome? Is it a real thing?

As the holiday season approaches, many of us may be tempted to overindulge in food and drink. But here's something you should know: increased alcohol consumption can trigger a heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation.

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Sickle Cell — What Is It?

I received the sad news last week that a colleague and a friend had died. A hard working, caring and thoughtful leader dedicated to helping people with sickle cell disease.

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The Forgotten Emergency: The Mental Healthcare Crisis

Emergency medicine is the only medical specialty to care for every patient regardless of complaint or insurance status. This includes tens of thousands of patients a year with mental health emergencies who have nowhere else to turn and who have arguably suffered the most.

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Sugar and Spice Is Not Always Nice

It was right around 2 am, and I was working an overnight shift in our busy downtown emergency department. Suddenly, the paramedics burst through the door with a young male patient in his twenties who was spitting, screaming, fighting and attempting to hit EMS providers.

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How to Keep Yourself and Your Family Safer Near Guns

With all that’s been going on lately in America, the dual issues of gun violence and gun safety are of paramount importance to concerned parents.

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How Can We Save Teens From Themselves When Behind The Wheel?

In January of this year, I got the dreaded text from my teenage son that he had wrecked my 12 year-old Jeep Liberty when he slid on ice into a fence during one of our infamous Atlanta ice storms.

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Coming to America... the Zika Virus

Since 2015, the Zika virus has progressed across the Americas and heightened concern over expansion and impact of this mosquito-borne illness.

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When Sunburn Requires Medical Attention

The days are longer, the trees are blooming and baseball season is in full swing. Outside spring and summer activities bring with them risks of skin damage, from sunburn in the short term to skin cancer in the long term.

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"Our Baby's Head Looks Funny" - Spotting Child Abuse

Child abuse is one of the most serious national health problems facing children in America.

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Why won't you give me antibiotics for my cold?

Occasionally someone will come to the emergency department with a request for an antibiotic shot or a prescription for antibiotics to treat their common cold.

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When Exercise Is Not So Healthy

I was sitting at home one day after a long shift in the emergency department when I received a call from a family member seeking medical advice. She had been doing a new kickboxing workout routine and was complaining of muscle soreness.

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What I wish every person knew when taking an elderly person to the emergency department

I was taking care of a very pleasant elderly woman, whose daughter had brought her in for evaluation of general weakness. We had completed a comprehensive examination, spoken with the patient’s primary care provider, and updated the family on the plan which included discharge and follow-up with her doctor the next day.

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What Appears To Be a Minor Symptom, May Actually Be Something Serious

Years ago, I cared for a young man who came to the emergency department for an unusual complaint: tingling hands and feet. This is a non-specific symptom that often does not have a serious cause.

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On The Front Lines – Emergency Departments and Mass Casualty Incidents

The most stressful day at our office would be a mass casualty incident, which is when the supply of patients far exceeds the staff, stuff and structure capability and capacity of the emergency department.

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"I'm Not a Doctor, But I Play One on TV" — Fact vs. Fiction in the ER

I explained to them that based on complete lack of breathing or heart beat upon EMS arrival, and that nothing had changed with 20 minutes of CPR, given his age and not knowing how long he was not breathing prior to EMS arrival, that there was no hope of any meaningful recovery. The patient’s daughter immediately jumped up and screamed, “get back in there and shock his heart…it always works on TV”.

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Vaccines: Can't Imagine Life Without Them

Can you name the top 5 infections that cause death in children less than five years of age in the world today?

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"It's All Fun and Games Until Someone Loses an Eye!"

Some of the phrases we learn in kindergarten still ring true as adults. One of my favorites is, “It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye.”

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Snow and Ice Is Not Always Nice

The recent blizzard on the east coast showed once again just how dangerous snow and ice can be and how easy it is for injuries to occur.

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Carbon Monoxide — The Hidden Killer

Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when carbon monoxide builds up in your bloodstream. When too much carbon monoxide is in the air, your body replaces the oxygen in your red blood cells with carbon monoxide. This can lead to serious tissue damage, or even death.

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When the Prescription Becomes the Problem

When you see a doctor for pain, you don’t expect the medicine he or she prescribes to become a problem, but unfortunately it can. These powerful pain medications can lead to misuse and abuse of prescription opioids. As an ER doc, I’ve seen this all too often.

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6 Ways This ER Doctor Keeps Flu-Free Every Year

Very little scares emergency physicians. Trauma? Strokes? Nope. Ebola protocols? Not that either. But a bad flu season? That's a whole different story. With 1.3 million emergency visits every year, 200,000 hospitalizations, and up to 49,000 deaths, a bad flu year is enough to scare even the most intrepid of us.

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Medicine Cabinet Clean-Out—What To Do With Those Old Prescription Drugs

If your medicine cabinet contains unused or expired medications you no longer use, it is critical that you dispose of them properly.

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Vampires Amongst Us, Even in the ER

It all started out seeming like a pretty routine visit. My patient was in her early 30’s and had come into the emergency department for weakness, but was in no distress. As I was talking with her about her symptoms she would flash the occasional smile. It was then that I noticed that she had fangs. Not the kind that some people naturally have from misaligned teeth, but she had really long, sharp canine teeth.

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That Time I Treated a Heart Attack

A 74-year-old man comes in to the emergency department complaining of chest pain. This was immediately after he played two hours of tennis on a warm spring morning day.

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Emergency Department Boarding - Like a Busy Restaurant with Too Few Tables

Emergency departments nationwide are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week ready to serve you in your moment of need. We do not send anyone away.Occasionally, large numbers of patients fill our emergency departments, taking all of the available beds in a hospital filled with sick and injured patients.

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Drunk Driving Is Personal To Me

Tragedies of all types find a way into emergency departments every day. Some of the hardest situations to understand are those tragedies that are easily preventable in the first place. Drunken driving injuries and deaths associated with drunk driving often strike emergency department workers especially hard because they are so tragic and senseless.

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My Patient, Mrs. Jones (Elderly Care in the ER)

A 90-year-old grandmother is lying alone in my emergency department, who we will call “Mrs. Jones.” She is a bit confused, unsure where she is or why she has been taken from her home. People are often hustled on to an ambulance and brought in for evaluation because of medical concerns.

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How Is Your Home Medical Kit Looking?

When is it a good time to build your basic first aid kit for your home? Right now! Many items needed for basic first aid can be found among or adapted from school supplies that are on sale this time of year.

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Lyme disease: More than a tick and bulls' eye rash

In Room 2 is a 50 year-old man who works as a lumberjack and is in the emergency department with a “bulls’ eye” rash on his arm that he says is probably from a tick bite. In the waiting room is a 10 year-old girl with a chief complaint of a tick bite.

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The Face of Heroin

Running into the ambulance bay, we find a patient slumped over and barely breathing in the passenger seat of a car. After transferring him to a stretcher, we rush him into the emergency department.

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Back to School, Back to the Doctor's Office

Most children dread the pediatrician's office as they know it as the place of painful shots. While kids prep their arms, thighs, and backsides for crucial health maintenance and protection, parents should read up on the importance of immunizations.

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From One Parent to Another -- Childproofing Lessons Learned Working in the ER

As a new mother, working in an emergency department made me want to go home and childproof every nook and cranny of our house. On a daily basis at work I care for children, most often toddlers, injured at home in various ways. I learned of all the potential household dangers and how to keep my children safe.

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The Sport of Staying Injury-Free

It was already a busy shift in my emergency department when I saw my next patient — an injured teenage boy, still in his football shoulder pads with his jersey cut open to expose a clearly broken wrist. As I cared for him, two more teammates came in – both with broken bones, each boy more exasperated than the last. Sensing a pattern, I silently wondered to myself what sort of gladiator football game were these boys playing?

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The Pressure Is On

I bet you haven’t actually thought about your blood pressure in quite a long time. I know I haven’t. But that does not mean we shouldn’t. The main reason we haven’t thought about it is likely because we don’t feel our blood pressure. We don’t feel bad when it is bad and we don’t feel good when it is good. And maybe that is the problem.

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When Severe Weather Becomes Your Emergency

While we often associate severe storms with southern states, thunderstorms and tornadoes can, and have, occurred in all fifty states. Falling trees, downed power lines, flooding, and the injuries associated with the cleanup afterward, are all dangers that can bring someone to the emergency department.

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What is a surprise balance bill for emergency room services?

Say you go to an ER that is in a hospital that your health insurance plan tells you is in the plan’s network. You expect that the physician services you receive in the ER will be covered under the “in-network” provisions of your plan. However, this may not always be the case.

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Dying To Be Pain Free

Drug abuse is not new. Opium, for example, and its derivatives have been used medically for thousands of years predating the Egyptians.

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An Ugly Side of Not Washing Your Hands: Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease

Summertime is a few months each year where the cold weather fades from memory. Time is spent outside enjoying all that the warm weather has to offer such as swimming, family gatherings and barbecues. Frequently, we are not as mindful of good hand hygiene as fewer among us are sick with those infections that are so prevalent during the winter months such as the flu.

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The 4th of July through My Eyes

For many — including me — the 4th of July is just about the best holiday for celebrating outdoors. Falling mid-summer, the patriotic celebrations often focus on leisure activities, family get-togethers often including outdoor barbecues and fireworks.

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Heatstroke: When "I'll just be a minute" is too long

Christine could not believe where she was — standing in my emergency room — holding her young son’s hand as he received intravenous fluids for the early signs of heat stroke.

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An ER Doc's Advice to Stay Safe This Summer

Summer is almost officially here. That means it’s time for fun in the sun. Here are a few tips to help keep your kids safe at the beach, in the water and on the road.

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Could I Be Having a Stroke?

Mable, usually a very active 75 year old woman, woke up feeling just fine. She went to the bathroom, spoke briefly with her husband as she dressed for the day, and then she went downstairs to have breakfast with her husband.

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Spring Injuries That Can Lead You To My Emergency Room

Falls are a common cause of injury. Many times, this happens to a person that does not frequently work at heights. This is seen in the spring with people that are trimming trees, cleaning gutters, and painting the house.

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Check In

When you walk into the waiting room, the first thing you will do is check in at the front desk.

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Stroke: Give Me 5 For Stroke

In partnership with the American Stroke Association and the American Academy of Neurology, ACEP developed a quick tool to help people identify stroke symptoms in themselves or others called Give Me 5.

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The American Medicine Chest Challenge

The American College of Emergency Physicians, a national sponsor of the American Medicine Chest Challenge, is educating the public about safe disposal of expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications in order to reduce the threat of drug abuse by children.

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How the Community Can Help in a Mass Casualty Event

During an event such as a hurricane, an earthquake or a mass shooting, communities want to come together to offer assistance in any way they can. Often times this involves donating blood, food water or other consumer goods.

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Emergency Information Form for Children with Special Health Needs

This important document will assure prompt and appropriate care for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN).

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Seconds Save Lives in Medical Emergencies

Do you know what to do in an emergency? The few minutes after an injury occurs or at the onset of a medical crisis are frequently the most important.

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Una Pequeña InyeccionPuede Beneficiarle Un Mundo —Vacune A Sus Hijos

A nadie le gusta las inyecciones.Especialmente para los niños pequeños y sus padres que los llevan al médico - por lo menos incomodo durante unos minutos. Lo mas importante que los padres pueden hacer para la segurida y el bienestar de los hijos es vacunar a a los niños.

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Médicos de Emergencia: es "volver a lo básico" para combatir con cuidado los síntomas infantiles del resfriado y la gripe

Cada año, los síntomas relacionados con la gripe se ubican entre las cinco causas principales que ocasionan visitas a los Departamentos de Emergencia – siendo que a nivel nacional durante el año 2005, los Centros para el Control y Prevención de las Enfermedades [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)] han atribuido más de 5 millones de visitas a la “fiebre”y 3.3 millones de visitas a la “tos”.

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Ayude a los Niños a Respirar Mejor en la Primavera

El asma hace que tres cuartos de millón de niños vayan al Departamento de Emergencia cada año, lo cual es lo último que cualquier persona pueda querer ahora que el clima cálido y los días más largos permiten que los niños jueguen más fuera de casa.

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Chequeo de Seguridad

Un hogar seguro no es un accidente. Trágicamente, más de 28,000 muertes y más de 6.8 millones de accidentes ocurrieron en 1997 dentro del hogar. Las heridas accidentales también son la causa numero uno de la muerte de niños en los Estados Unidos.

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Cómo Evitar El Disgusto De La Intoxicación Alimenticia

Incluso el alimento más sano puede convertirse en alimente insalubre si es manejado, cocinado o almacenado inapropriadamente. En los Estados Unidos, casi 10,000 personas mueren anualmente de la intoxicación alimenticia, y muchas más se enferman y necesitan atención médica.

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Cómo Prevenir Emergencias Relacionadas con el Asma

Ahora que el asma primaveral y la temporada de las alergias están en plena vigencia, el Colegio Americano de Médicos de Emergencia (ACEP) desea ayudar a los más de 17 millones de estadounidenses a reconocer los síntomas de una emergencia asmática.

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Consejos Para Preparar Un Botiquín De Primeros Auxilios Eficaz

Los accidentes le pueden pasar a cualquiera casi en cualquier lugar. Es importante que todo hogar, y especialmente los que tienen niños, cuenten con un botiquín de primeros auxilios a mano en caso de lesiones accidentales.

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Consejos Para Prevenir Lesiones A Sus Niños

Usted quiere que su casa sea segura para sus hijos, pero sencilla curiosidad los puede llevar a explorar territorios peligrosos, hasta en su propia casa. Cada año aproximadamente 4.5 millones de niños resultan lesionados en su casa. Tomar varias simples medidas de prevención podría ayudar a mantener sus ilimitadas curiosidades bajo control y así evitar que sucedan muchas de estas lesiones.

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Cuando su niño tiene una emergencia

Hoy en día, el cuidado de emergencia de los niños en los Estados Unidos es mejor que nunca antes. Cada año, más de 30 millones de niños reciben cuidados especiales que salvan vidas en las salas de emergencia del país.

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Los Doctores de Emergencias Responden a la Pregunta Crítica: ¿Cuándo debo ir a la Sala de Emergencias?

Según las últimas estadísticas gubermentales, un promedio de más de 300,000 americanos son atendidos diariamente en las Salas de Emergencias de nuestra nación. Los pacientes que acuden a las Salas de Emergencias son tratados por una amplia variedad de condiciones médicas.

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Los Médicos De Emergencia Dicen que ICE Podría Salvar Su Vida

De acuerdo a los médicos de emergencia, agregar “ICE” como prefijo a ciertos números en la libreta de direcciones de su teléfono celular brinda una manera para ayudar a los trabajadores y doctores a conseguir información para salvar vidas.

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Los Sinos De Advertencia Del Abuso De Drogas

¿Cómo puedes tú saber si tu hijo está usando drogas ilegales? Uno de cada cuatro niños del grado doce y uno de cada ocho de octavo grado han sido reportados en el més pasado usando droga ilegal.

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Mantenga Información Importante Sobre La Salud A Mano

¿Sabe usted que informaciónes esencial en una emergencia médica? Saber que necesita y estar preparado puede hacer la diferencia en una situación de emergencia y puede hasta salvarle la vida.

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Noticias de Escuela y Observaciones

El Colegio Americano de los Médicos de Emergencia (ACEP) quiere ayudar a las comunidades a desarollar respuestas eficaces a todo tipo de emergencias en la escuela.

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Prevenga Lesiones en las Festividades Navideñas

Para millones de hogares, la temporada de festividades navideñas no sería completa sin decoraciones, luces parpadeantes, árboles de navidad y velas. Por desgracia, estos símbolos de la temporada navideña pueden provocar lesiones y el Colegio Americano de Médicos de Emergencia (American College of Emergency Physicians, o ACEP) exhorta al público usar precaucion durante estos dias festivos.

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Prevenga riesgos de fuego

Podrá ayudar a proteger su casa de la causa principal de incendios invernales.

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Protéjase Contra la Hepatitis

La hepatitis es una enfermedad altamente contagiosa que ataca al hígado. A veces puede aparecer repentinamente con síntomas graves o quedarse latente en el organismo durante años causando daño al hígado lentamente.

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Sobre La Salud

Cada año, más de 1,500 personas se matarón o se accidentaron en las carreteras o vias de Norteamerica como resultado de "conducción automovilística agresiva," violentos arranques de ira comunmente conocidos como "la ira al volante."

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Los Médicos de Emergencia Ofrecen Consejos de Seguridad Para Quienes Van a Nadar y Usar Embarcaciones Acuáticas de Recreo

En el verano, muchas familias están pasando bastante tiempo en los balnearios y dentro del agua.

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Tome Precauciones para Evitar la Contaminación de Alimentos por Salmonela

Cerca de 400 personas en 42 estados a lo ancho del país se han enfermado por contaminación de alimentos por salmonela, de acuerdo a agentes federales que están investigando estos brotes.

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Ahogamiento: Lo que Usted Debe Saber ACEP Advierte a la Nación sobre los Peligros del Agua Ahora que los Meses de Verano se Aproximan Rápidamente

Los médicos de emergencia de la nación quieren advertir a todos que estos pasatiempos llevan un mayor riesgo de ahogamiento. Prepárese ahora para prevenir que esto no ocurra.

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Las 10 Recomendaciones Principales a Tomar en Cuenta Cuando Tenga que Llevar a un Niño al Departamento de Emergencias

Cuando esté evaluando los temas de salud relacionados con sus hijos, los médicos de emergencia de la nación le recuerdan que deben ser adultos preparados que conozcan lo que deben saber y hacer, en caso tengan que llevar a su niño al Departamento de Emergencias.

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El Abuso De Los Medicamentos Expendidos Bajo Prescripción Médica Es Una Preocupación Creciente

Los médicos de emergencia de la nación están enviando una fuerte advertencia a los padres acerca de los peligros del abuso de medicamentos vendidos por bajo prescripción médica, los cuales son hoy en día el segundo tipo de drogas más consumidas ilegalmente, detrás de la marihuana.

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Los Médicos De Emergencia De La Nación Le Recuerdan Al Público: Ante Una Emergencia, Los Segundos Salvan Vidas

Como ya está por llegar la Semana de Servicios Médicos de Emergencia (EMS Week), los médicos de emergencia de la nación están lanzando una campaña denominada "Los Segundos Salvan Vidas" (Seconds Save Lives) para educar al público sobre qué es lo que deben hacer ante una emergencia.

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Médicos De Emergencia De La Nación: La Diversión De Las Vacaciones De Semana Santa Es Procurar No Ingresar A Una Sala De Emergencias

Los médicos de emergencia de la nación les solicita a los alumnos de Estados Unidos que se cuiden durante las vacaciones de semana santa y les ofrece 10 consejos que los ayudará a evitar un viaje a la sala de emergencia

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Conocer Las Señales Tempranas De Alerta De Un Ataque Al Corazón Mejora Sustancialmente Las Probabilidades De Sobrevivirlo

Febrero es el Mes del Corazón en los Estados Unidos [American Heart Month], una oportunidad para que los médicos de emergencia de la nación insistan acerca de la importancia de conocer las señales tempranas de alerta de un ataque al corazón y llamen al 911 ó vayan al Departamento de Emergencias, una vez que los hayan detectado.

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Tengan Cuidado En Los Parques Infantiles Para Evitar Tener Que Ir A La Sala De Emergencias

Los médicos de emergencia de los estados unidos alientan a que todos puedan divertirse y mantenerse activos en los lugares de recreo y parques infantiles durante el verano, pero también urgen a los padres y tutores de niños que estén conscientes de que se pueden producir accidentes y lesiones en segundos si no se tiene cuidado.

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Los Médicos De Emergencia De La Nación Y La Fundación Medicalert Ofrecen Consejos De Seguridad Para Las Decoraciones De Las Fiestas

Nadie quiere pasar por una sala de emergencias, principalmente durante las fiestas, por eso American College of Emergency Physicians y la Fundación MedicAlert están lanzando una campaña para incrementar la concientización sobre cómo ir a lo seguro y disfrutar lo que debería ser un agradable momento del año.

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Advertencia De Invierno: Cómo Cuidarse En La Nieve

Andar en motos de nieve, esquiar, hacer snowboard, patinar sobre hielo y andar en trineo son sólo algunas de las actividades en las que participa la gente durante los fríos meses de invierno. Un paraíso de nieve puede convertirse en una trágica pesadilla en un instante. American College of Emergency Physicians ve un número excesivo de víctimas por accidentes de invierno que visitan la sala de emergencia.

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Los Médicos De Emergencia De La Nación Advierten Controlar El Estrés Para No Terminar En La Sala De Emergencia

Se supone que las fiestas deben ser felices, divertidas y llenas de alegría. Pero también pueden ser estresantes.

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El Abuso De Bebidas Alcohólicas Durante Las Vacaciones Lo Levarán A Una Visita A La Sala De Emergencia E Incluso A La Muerte

La temporada de vacaciones es un momento maravilloso para la familia, los amigos y para construir agradables recuerdos. Pero también es un momento para recordar la seguridad cuando se trata de beber alcohol. Los médicos de emergencia de la nación están advirtiendo las consecuencias del consumo excesivo del alcohol y les solicita a las personas que utilicen su buen juicio.

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Los 10 Consejos Más Importantes Para Llevar A Un Paciente Anciano A Una Sala De Emergencia

América cuenta con una gran población de ancianos que se incrementa rápidamente, algunos de ellos con altas probabilidades de sufrir problemas de salud múltiples o crónicos, American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) quiere proporcionarles a quienes cuidan de estas personas, la información necesaria para que puedan utilizar cuando necesiten buscar asistencia de emergencia.

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Las Caídas Son La Causa Principal De Las Visitas A Las Salas De Emergencia En Lo Que Respecta A Lesiones

Si usted o alguien que usted conozca ha sido tratado recientemente en una sala de emergencia luego de haber sufrido una caída, no es el único.

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Los Médicos De Emergencia Advierten Que Los Niños Que Permanecen En Automóviles Expuestos Al Calor Sufren Consecuencias Fatales

Los médicos de emergencia le están advirtiendo al público sobre los terribles peligros relacionados con dejar a una persona, especialmente a los niños en vehículos expuestos al calor, sin ventilación, durante el verano. Todos los años mueren niños de todo el país como resultado directo de haber sido dejados solos en un vehículo expuesto al calor.

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Médicos De Emergencia De La Nación: Tratan Las Terribles Alergias De Primavera Para Evitar Pasar Por La Sala De Emergencia

Para 35 millones de estadounidenses la principal causa de los síntomas de alergia, todos los años, es el polen de los árboles y de las plantas que pueden causar estornudos, picazón en los ojos y carraspera. Sin embargo, para otros, el polen también podría complicar la respiración o disparar un ataque de asma.

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Los Médicos De Emergencia Advierten Sobre Las Picaduras De Mosquitos Cuando Comienzan A Subir Las Temperaturas De Verano

A medida que se va elevando la temperatura en todo el país, cada vez más gente se va atreviendo a salir. Los médicos de emergencia de la nación advierten los peligros de las picaduras de insectos, específicamente de garrapatas y mosquitos, que pueden causar enfermedades graves.

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Los Médicos de Emergencia de la Nación le Advierten al Publico que Las Emergencias de Asma son Prevenibles

Los médicos de emergencia tratan a personas con asma diariamente y están urgiendo a la población para aprender a detectar y responder a los síntomas básicos antes que el asma progrese a un estado que comprometa su vida.

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Los Médicos de Emergencia Avisan a la Población a "Deshacerse de los Medicamentos Que No Necesitan" en el 12 de noviembre

El American College of Emergency Physicians, un patrocinador nacional del American Medicine Chest Challenge, esta educando a la población del deshago seguro de medicamentos expirados, sin uso, y de los que no usan para reducir el abuso de drogas o de sobredosis accidental.

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Las Drogas Sinteticas Estan Escalando Drasticamente en toda la Nacion – Especialmente Entre Ellas esta el Abuso de 'Sales de Bano'

Los médicos de emergencia de la nación están notando un drástico aumento en la cantidad de pacientes que están siendo tratados en las salas de emergencia por abuso de drogas sintéticas (o de origen químico).

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El Estado de Washington Cambia de Giro — Mantendrá un Estándar Discreto para personas Sin Conocimientos de Pacientes para emergencia con Medicaid

La gobernadora del estado de Washington Chris Gregoire suspendió la regla del 1 de abril sobre la implementación de Política Cero Tolerancia que hubiera negado los pagos de tratamientos a pacientes de emergencia que reciben Medicaid. Las negociaciones han sido basadas en una lista de 500 diagnósticos que para el estado no son urgentes.

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41 Millon de 'Trick-or-Treaters' Nacionalmente Participaran en Halloween

Esta estimado que 41 millon de niños dentro las edades de 5 y 14 van a participar en "trick-or-treat" esta año en Halloween según el U.S. Census Bureau. Los médicos de emergencia de la nación quieren que todos disfrutan esta fiesta con seguridad y que no les pasan ningun horror de Halloween que puede incluir tiempo en el salon de emergencia.

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Mantenga Todos Sus Dedos — Use Sentido Comun Cuando Maneje Fuegos Artificiales

¿Cómo sería el 4 de Julio sin fuegos artificiales? Menos ocupado en las salas de emergencia. Los médicos de emergencia de la nación urgen celebrar el cumpleaños del país utilizando el sentido común cuando se trata de los peligros potenciales de los fuegos artificiales.

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Uso "Recreativo" de Drogas Como Jugando a la ruleta Rusa

Las muertes prematuras de los actores Philip Seymour Hoffman y Cory Monteith por sobredosis de droga una vez más destacan un serio y continuo problema de salud pública en los Estado Unidos que los médicos de emergencia ven cada día.

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La Perdida Permanente de la Visión Puede Suceder en un Parpadeo

Más de dos millones de personas visitan los departamentos de emergencia de la nación cada año debido a lesiones en los ojos o infecciones en los ojos. Algunos de estos problemas causan daños que nunca puede ser revertidos.

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10 Consejos ER Para las MAMÁS

Si ocurre una emergencia en sufamilia, los primeros minutos podríanser cruciales. Así es como hay queprepararse para lo inesperado.

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Cerca de Dos Tercios de Norteamericanos No Tienen Testamentos Vitales — Usted Tiene?

Es un tema difícil para muchos para discutir y mucho menos hacer algo al respecto. ¿Cuáles son sus deseos de atención médica legales en la desafortunada posibilidad de que usted quede incapacitado y no pueda hablar o actuar por sí mismo?

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Proteja su Corazón en el Día de San Valentín

Los médicos de emergencia de la nación dicen que la mejor manera de demostrar cuanto usted se preocupa por su seres amados y por usted mismo, es recibir una revisación médica completa, especialmente cuando se trata de su corazón.

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Hacer su casa a prueba de niños previene lesiones, salva vidas.

Los médicos de emergencia de la nación tratan a los niños todos los días que están heridos por algo en su propia casa o en la casa de otra persona. Ahora es el momento de hacerla a prueba de niños.

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Salas de emergencia preparadas para brote de sarampión

La nación está tratando con el peor brote de sarampión en más de una década. Una vez más — y recordando la crisis reciente de Ebola — los médicos de emergencia de la nación están trabajando para seguir y tratar otra enfermedad infecciosa en el medio de una temporada de gripe severa.

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Vaya a la cama! Ordenes del Medico

Su falta de sueño no sólo está afectando a su salud, sino también la salud y la seguridad de los que le rodean. El horario de verano no lo hace más fácil, por lo que los médicos de emergencia de la nación están advirtiendo sobre los peligros de la falta de sueño.

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Puede su Monitor de Actividad Física (Fitbit®) Salvar Su Vida en la Sala de Emergencia?

Médicos de emergencia utilizaron el monitor de actividad física y el teléfono inteligente de un paciente para identificar el momento en que su arritmia del corazón comenzó, lo que les permitió tratar a su recién comenzada fibrilación auricular con cardioversión eléctrica y mandarlo a su casa.

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La Nicotina Líquida para Cigarrillos Electrónicos es Toxico para los Niños

Un niño de 6 años que tragó accidentalmente nicotina líquida destinada a los cigarrillos electrónicos de sus padres requirió tratamiento médico de emergencia inmediato que incluyó intubación y una noche de estadía en una unidad de cuidados intensivos pediátricos.

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¿Tiene Ronchas? Agarre los Esteroides

A pesar del uso estándar para la picazón asociada con la urticaria (comúnmente conocida como ronchas), la Prednisona (un esteroide) no ofreció ningún alivio adicional que lo ofrecido por un placebo a los pacientes de emergencia que sufrían de ronchas.

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Los Médicos De Emergencia De La Nación les Dicen a los Padres de Familia: Prepárense ahora antes de Enviar a sus Niños de Vuelta al Colegio

Los médicos de emergencia de la nación quieren que todos y cada uno de los estudiantes lleguen a sus colegios de manera segura, se mantengan sanos y salvos durante todo el año y no terminen visitando los Departamentos de Emergencia, o inclusive peor.

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Home First Aid Kits

Accidents can happen to anyone almost anywhere. It is important that every home, and especially those with children, have a first aid kit on hand in case of accidental injuries.

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Prevent Fire Hazards

You can help protect your home from the leading cause of winter fires.

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Free-to-Play, Web-based Computer Game Helps Families Prepare for Catastrophic Disasters

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and Legacy Games have released Disaster Hero, a game designed to teach families how to prepare for all types of hazards or emergencies.

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Family Disaster Preparedness - Develop a Plan

To develop a plan, keep these steps in mind.

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Family Disaster Preparedness - Disaster Supply Kit

An important part of family disaster preparedness planning is putting together a disaster supply kit. All family members in your household should be made aware of the items in this kit, and it should be easily accessible to everyone.

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Warning Signs of Childhood Emergencies

Because their bodies are not finished growing and developing, children's medical problems often differ from those of adults with different signs and symptoms from adults when they become injured or sick.

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Talking With Teens About Alcohol

Parents are the first line of defense against underage drinking and a booklet from MADD helps guide parents through these conversations with their kids.

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Taking a Child to the ER

A trip to the emergency department for a sick or injured child doesn’t have to be a scary experience. It’s the responsibility of a parent or guardian to prepare for the visit ahead of time.

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Scooter Safety for Kids

Require your child to wear a helmet whenever riding a scooter. Helmets reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent.

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Prevent Tipping Furniture from Injuring or Killing Young Children

It can happen in a matter of seconds probably in anyone’s home. Every parent or guardian of a young child should look around their homes and imagine what could tip over, fall off walls and injure a child.

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Poison: How To Protect Your Child

A child is accidentally poisoned every 30 seconds, and more than half of these poisonings occur at home to children under age 5. It's important to remember that young children need to be closely supervised at all times.

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Pediatric Emergency Care: A Decade of Advancements

No one is more qualified to care for children in a medical emergency than emergency physicians. They receive comprehensive training in treating childhood emergencies and have more training in pediatric emergencies than other physicians, including pediatricians.

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More Than 200,000 Kids Treated in ERs Each Year for Playground-Related Injuries

Many playground injuries can be avoided if parents are mindful about the risks and teach children to obey safety rules

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Liquid Nicotine for Electronic Cigarettes Toxic for Kids

As electronic cigarette use proliferates, children are now increasingly at risk of toxicity from ingestions of much larger quantities of nicotine from highly concentrated refill liquid

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Injury Prevention

About 4.5 million children are injured in the home each year. Taking some simple, preventive measures could help keep their unbridled curiosity in check and prevent many of these injuries from occurring.

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Homework for Parents — Your Child's Back-To-School Health Checklist

For many, the focus is on back to school clothes and supplies, which is important. But it’s equally, if not more important to also take time to schedule routine doctor visits and to make sure that your child’s health information is all organized.

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Drug Abuse: The Warning Signs

How can you tell whether your child is using illegal drugs? In 2012, an estimated 23.9 million Americans aged 12 and older or 9.2% of the population had used an illicit drug (SAMHSA).

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Does Your Child's School Know About Food Allergies?

While there are no cures for food allergies, there are things to do to keep them under control. Staying away from food allergens is really the only way to completely prevent a reaction from occurring. But that's not always possible.

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Choking: What to Do for an Infant

Few sounds are more alarming than that of a child who is choking. Understanding how to prevent choking, as well as what to do when choking occurs, can save a life.

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Children With Special Health Care Needs

Parents whose children have special health care needs already have a lot to cope with. Care of children with chronic medical illnesses or disabilities especially can be difficult in a medical emergency.

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Children and Fevers: What Parents Should Know

The more a parent knows about a child's special health needs, the more effective he or she will be when responding to an illness or emergency.

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Childproofing Your Home

Taking some simple, preventive measures could help keep children's unbridled curiosity in check and prevent many injuries from occurring.

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Childhood Seizures

Simple fever-related (or febrile) seizures are common among children under age 5. Although these seizures can be frightening to parents and other caretakers, they are generally harmless.

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Child abuse can have a devastating affect on children and their families, and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) urges all adults to learn how to recognize and protect children from abuse.

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Bacterial Meningitis: What Every Parent Should Know

Bacterial meningitis is a scary disease because it's not only life-threatening, but difficult to recognize, especially in the very young.

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10 ER Tips for Moms

If an emergency happens in your family, the first few minutes may be crucial. Here’s how to prepare for the unexpected.

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Family Disaster Preparedness Guide

There are numerous family disasters that can occur, but many of the ways to prepare for them are similar. The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) recommends that families first identify what types of disasters are common in their regions.

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Halloween Safety Tips

Emergency physicians strongly suggest adults follow these guidelines for a safe and fun Halloween for their children Make sure all candy is inspected before your child consumes it.

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Three Ways to Avoid a Trip to the ER This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, good food and good times. The nation’s emergency physicians want to help you keep it that way and not have an unwanted memory that involves a medical emergency.

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The Twelve Tips for A Healthy Holiday Season

The holiday season is supposed to be joyous, fun and happy. But it can also be stressful.

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Protect Your Heart on Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is usually filled with love, friendship and romance for millions of Americans. The nation’s emergency physicians say the best way to show how much you care for your loved ones and yourself, is to get a health check-up, especially when it comes to your heart.

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How To Prevent Snowboarding Injuries

Snowboarding, says the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), is one of the 10 sport and recreational activities causing children injuries severe enough to merit emergency medical attention.

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Holiday Season Alcohol Abuse Can Lead To ER Visits, Even Death

The holiday season is a wonderful time for family, friends and building fond memories. But it’s also a time to remember safety when it comes to drinking alcohol.

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Holiday Decorating Safety Tips From Nation's Emergency Physicians And MedicAlert Foundation

Nobody wants to visit the emergency department, especially during the holidays, which is why the American College of Emergency Physicians and MedicAlert Foundation are launching a campaign to raise awareness of how to play it safe.

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Heater Safety

As temperatures drop and you turn on your heater to stay warm, be aware of potential risks.

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Carbon Monoxide — What You Can't See or Smell Can Kill You

Emergency physicians see the tragic consequences of carbon monoxide poisoning each year, especially during the winter months when people begin using heating devices and stoves to keep warm or use portable generators without proper ventilation.

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Snowmobiling

Know how to properly operate the particular model of snowmobile before driving it.

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Sledding

Sledding tips from emergency physicians

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Hypothermia and Frostbite

In adults, signs of hypothermia can include constant shivering, confusion, sleepiness, muscle stiffness, slurred speech, trouble seeing and memory loss.

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Summer Safety - Helpful Tips

Summer is a great time for children to play outside. Whether your child is on the playground, a bicycle, or skates, put safety first to help prevent a visit to the emergency department.

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Heat Illness

Heat-related illness can be caused by overexposure to the sun or any situation that involves extreme heat. Young children and the elderly are most at risk, but anyone can be affected.

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Beach and Surf Safety

While the beach can be a fun and relaxing place to enjoy your summer, it is important to also respect the power of the sea. Drowning is the third leading cause of accidental death in the United States, killing nearly 5,000 people each year.

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Outdoor Safety Tips

About 1,600 persons drowned in a recent year while swimming, boating , or playing in the water.

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Stay Ship-Shape On Your Next Cruise

Recent reports of cruise ship illnesses don't mean you should cancel your next voyage.

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Team Up To Beat the Heat

Hundreds of people die each year across the country from heat-related causes, but the encouraging news is that heat illness is 100-percent preventable.

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Emergency Physicians Offer Summer Travel Safety Tips

No matter where you and your family are going or how you will get there, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) wants to remind you to keep safety in mind.

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Summer Safety: Alcohol And Boating Don't Mix

As summer approaches, more Americans will be heading to the waterways for fun and to get some relief from the heat.

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Boating

To prevent ending up in the emergency department as a result of your next boating trip, ACEP recommends the following safety tips.

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Leave Fireworks to the Professionals this 4th of July

What would the 4th of July be without fireworks? A little less busy in hospital emergency rooms. The nation’s emergency physicians urge you to celebrate the country’s birthday by using common sense when it comes to the potential dangers of fireworks.

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Emergency Physicians Warn About Insect Bites as Summer Temperatures Begin to Soar

As temperatures rise around the country, more and more people are venturing outdoors. The nation’s emergency physicians are warning about the dangers of insect bites, specifically from ticks and mosquitoes, which can cause serious illnesses.

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Children in Hot Cars Result in Fatal Consequences

Emergency physicians are warning the public about the overwhelming dangers associated with leaving anyone, especially children in hot, unventilated vehicles during the summer.

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Swimming Safety

Drowning occurs most often among small children and people who can't swim, but even experienced swimmers may be susceptible, depending on weather conditions, water currents, their health and other circumstances.

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Top Tips to a Safe Memorial Day Weekend

The unofficial “kickoff” to summer is almost here. While we hope everyone has fun this coming Memorial Day weekend, the nation’s emergency physicians want everyone to stay safe and out of the ER.

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Lightning Dangers — Take Precautions to Avoid Being Killed or Injured

As summer temperatures heat up, the atmosphere becomes more unstable, causing severe weather that may include lightning. On average in the United States, around 55 people are killed each year by lightning, and hundreds more are injured permanently.

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Dehydration comes on fast and can be fatal

During the hot summer months, the nation’s emergency physicians are treating more people with heat-related illnesses with a focus on staying cool and keeping hydrated.

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Fun in the Water Can Quickly Turn Deadly

As temperatures continue to stay high this summer, more people head to beaches, pools, lakes and out on boats. The nation’s emergency physicians want everyone to get all the facts regarding unintentional drowning before you end up in the emergency department, or worse.

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Avoid The Red Menace! Protect Your Skin From Sunburn

As summer temperatures heat up, more people are outside for longer periods of time, and more skin is exposed to the sun. The nation’s emergency physicians want to remind everyone of the dangers associated with sunburn.

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Cut Grass, Not Limbs

As more Americans venture outdoors this summer to do yard work, the nation’s emergency physicians urge caution and common sense when using lawnmowers or other powerful lawn tools.

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Death After Swimming is Extremely Rare – And is NOT "Dry Drowning"

Parents are being unduly alarmed by media reports suggesting that children can die from drowning a week after swimming, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians.

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Father's Day by the Numbers: Emergency Physicians Urge Men To Think Healthy

While government statistics may not be your idea of a great Father's Day gift, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is urging men to think about their health on the day dedicated to dad, and consider making healthy changes to their daily routines.

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Stay In Control When Inline Skating

One of the fastest-growing and most popular outdoor activities is inline skating, with more than 20 million people taking advantage of the low-impact exercise it provides. However, nearly two-thirds of inline skaters do not wear safety gear.

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Help Kids Breathe Easy in the Spring

Asthma brings three-quarters of a million children into the emergency department every year, which is the last thing anyone wants now that the warm weather and longer days are letting kids play outside more.

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Bicycling

Wear a properly fitting helmet that meets standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) these helmets come with a CPSC sticker on them.

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Avoiding the Spring Break Nightmare

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) wants every college student to remember spring break positively - fun in the sun, warm beaches, and crystal clear water following months of hard work and dedication.

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Babysitter’s Checklist

Keep a list of qualified babysitters, and keep in mind that sitters should be at least 12 years old. A good rule of thumb the younger the child or children being watched, the older the babysitter should be.

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Child Home Safety

Approximately 4.5 million children are injured by hazards in the home each year. The good news is emergency care of children is far advanced today.

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Children with Special Health Care Needs

Up to 13 percent of children under age 18, or 9.4 million children, are living with chronic medical conditions.

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Toy Safety Tips

While adults enjoy giving toys and games to children, the safety and appropriateness of the gift should always be kept top of mind.

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Home First Aid Kit

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) recommends that every home have a first aid kit to help respond to minor and some serious medical emergencies.

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Medicine Cabinet Annual Checkup

The New Year is a great opportunity to clean out and restock your medicine cabinet. Like a refrigerator, medicine cabinet supplies pile up. Those supplies can often expire and are not recommended for use anymore.

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Home Safety Checklist

How safe is your home? Most homes could be safer, and contain many hidden hazards that could be harmful to anyone. By taking a few simple steps to safeguard your home, you can help prevent many common home injuries from occurring.

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Dental Emergencies

While injuries to the mouth may not be life threatening, they can warrant a visit to the emergency department.

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Protecting Yourself From Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is more widespread than most people realized. Normally around 30,000 new cases are reported annually in the United States.

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Hepatitis: Understanding and Preventing the Disease

Hepatitis is a highly contagious disease that attacks the liver. Sometimes it can erupt suddenly with life-threatening symptoms or lie dormant in the body for years causing slow damage to the liver.

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Mold

Mold and dampness can cause ill effects, such as coughing and wheezing, and that for some patients, particularly those with compromised immune systems, asthma, allergies and other respiratory infections, exposure to dampness and cold can exacerbate those conditions.

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Asthma Prevalence At Its Highest Level Ever — Know the Triggers and Symptoms

Asthma is a serious disorder affecting millions of Americans each year. As the summer heats up, the nation’s emergency physicians want those affected by it to know how to prevent a visit to the emergency department.

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Eye Emergencies

Be on a sharp lookout to avoid blinding eye injuries. The eye is one of the most delicate and exposed areas of the human body.

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Heart Attack Symptoms

Heart disease remains the nation's number one killer of both men and women. It is important to take symptoms seriously and get medical assistance by calling 9-1-1 immediately if you think you or a loved one is having a heart attack.

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Ear Infections: How You Can Avoid an Emergency

With school about to begin again, parents and children will soon battle the most frequently diagnosed bacterial illness in young children in the United States: otitis media, more commonly known as an ear infection.

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Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis is a severe, life threatening, multisystemic allergic reaction that is triggered by common substances, such as foods, insect stings, medications and latex.

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Stroke Symptoms and Risks for Women Frequently Underestimated

New HealthyWomen Survey Conducted in Partnership with National Stroke Association and the American College of Emergency Physicians Reveals Gaps in Understanding of Condition That Strikes 425,000 Women Annually.

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Deep Vein Thrombosis

The nation’s emergency physicians issue a warning about the serious dangers associated with deep vein thrombosis (DVT). This is a condition occurring when blood clots form in a vein located in a person’s lower leg and thigh.

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West Nile Virus: Do You Know the Symptoms and How to Protect Yourself?

With the West Nile Virus outbreak set to be the worst in U.S. history emergency physicians want to protect you from being infected.

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A Note from the Doctor: Call In Sick If You Have the Flu!

Typical symptoms include fever, sore throat, runny nose and upper respiratory symptoms, headache, fatigue, and muscle or body aches. To get over it sooner, doctors advise that you drink plenty of liquids, get rest, and if diagnosed early take antiviral medication.

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Your Blood Pressure Score is as Important as Your Credit Score!

Many Americans know where they stand with their financial numbers, but what about health numbers, specifically blood pressure – which can determine life or death?

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A Little Shot Can Do a World of Good — Vaccinate Your Kids

Getting a child properly immunized is one of the most important decisions a parent can make for the safety and welfare of his or her child.

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Diabetes in America

Diabetes is a growing problem in the United States and it is currently the seventh leading cause of death in the country.

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Zika Reinforces the Importance of Insect Repellent

The Zika virus has been identified in many locations, including reported cases here in the United States.

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Travel Recommendations For Those Over 65

Increasing numbers of older and retired persons are taking full advantage of the pleasures of domestic and international travel. Although travel is an enjoyable experience for many in retirement, mishaps can lead to the need for emergency medical attention away from home.

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Staying Safe and Healthy in Old Age

Older people have special health care needs and considerations. As people age, their bodies and minds may start to decline, and they may become less energetic and mobile and start to have health problems.

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Elderly and Falls

Falls are the number one cause of injury-related deaths in the elderly. An estimated 2.7 million persons ages 65 and older in United States are treated for falls at emergency departments, according the to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Top 10 Tips for Taking an Elderly Parent to the Emergency Department

With America's rapidly growing elderly population, some more likely to have multiple, chronic health problems, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) wants to arm caregivers with the necessary information for when they need to seek emergency care.

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7 Step Challenge

ACEP has created a video designed to give people who have accidentally fallen – especially our more vulnerable elderly population – easy steps to avoid falls. It’s called the “7 Step Fall Challenge.” It’s designed to help people fight falls.

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Responding To A Suicide Emergency

Suicide takes the lives of nearly 40,000 Americans every year. Emergency physicians all too often see self-inflicted injuries, particularly by teenagers who are attempting to end their lives. Nearly $41.3 million is spent each year saving those who try to kill themselves.

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Automatic External Defibrillators

Each year in the U.S., there are approximately 360,000 EMS-assessed cardiac arrests outside of a hospital setting and on average, less than 10% of victims survive.

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Avoiding Household Burns

On average, in the U.S., someone dies in a fire every 169 minutes and someone is injured every 30 minutes. There were 40,000 hospitalizations related to burn injury, including 30,000 at hospital burn centers.

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Animal Bites

Animal bites can be frightening, and in some cases, are medical emergencies. The most common animal bites in the United States are from household pets, with dogs and cats causing the most bites.

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Get 'Street Smart' — With Summer Cycling Safety Tips

Now that school is out for the summer, kids of all ages are taking to the streets (and paths and sidewalks) of America, and they are using many forms of self-propelled transport, including scooters, skateboards, wheelies, roller blades, segues — and especially bikes. But are they taking proper safety precautions, including adhering to helmet safety standards?

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Do I Need A Tetanus Shot?

You may already be aware that stepping on a rusty nail or a puncture wound could cause a tetanus infection, a bacterial disease that affects the nervous system and is often fatal. What you may not know is that tetanus bacteria can also enter the body even through a tiny pinprick, a scratch from an animal, splinters, bug bites and even burns that break the skin.

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Disarming Facts about Firearm Injuries

Handguns are a common consumer product in homes throughout the United States. If not handled and stored carefully, they can cause unintended death or injury.

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Exercising Proper Care While Working Out

Are you one of the 56% of Americans who workout? Are you also one of the many Americans who workout without exercising the precautions needed to prevent injury?

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Safety Tips for Being Handy in the Home

For those who are handy, safety is no accident when doing repairs and making improvements in the home. More accidents occur in the home than in the workplace.

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Avoiding Accidents At Home

Home safety is no accident. Tragically, more than 18,000 people die in the U.S. from accidental injuries in the home.

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Lightning Injury

Lightning is one of the most dangerous and frequently encountered weather hazards - the second largest killer of people in storms in the United States since 1959.

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School sports injuries can land students in the ER

Emergency physicians treat sports-related injuries in emergency departments every day and some of these injuries are very serious. It’s important to make sure that children follow the rules and play it safe and wear the appropriate safety gear.

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Domestic Violence

Emergency physicians are patient advocates who see the problem firsthand and can play an important role in breaking the cycle of family violence.

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Text Messaging: Emergency Physicians Express Safety Concerns As Kids Go Back To School

‘Plain old common sense’ advised; don’t text while walking, driving, rollerblading.

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MedicAlert: How They Can Help in a Medical Emergency

Most people assume that if they end up in the emergency room, they’ll be alert enough to tell the staff everything they need to know about their medical history, and current medications and conditions. But what if you’re seriously ill or even unconscious?

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Nation's Emergency Physicians Warn About Dangers of Dog Bites

Since 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) wants to warn Americans about the dangers of dog bites and help prevent them before they happen.

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Safety Helmets Save Lives, Prevent Traumatic Brain Injury

Emergency physicians are urging the public to put helmets on as outdoor activities increase and temperatures warm up. May is motorcycle safety month and a prime opportunity to remind the public about the importance of safety helmets. Helmets save lives.

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Falls Are The Leading Injury-Related Cause of ER Visits

If you or someone you know has been treated in the emergency department recently after suffering a fall, you are not alone. Unintentional falls are the leading injury-related reason for why people seek emergency care, with almost 9 million visits occurring each year.

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Drug-Related Poisonings Cause Nearly 700,000 Emergency Department Visits a Year

New visits for drug-related poisoning in the United States continue to rise; therefore, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the American Association of Poison Control Centers are raising awareness about the dangers of drug poisoning.

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Synthetic Drug Use is on a Dramatic Rise, Including Bath Salts

Emergency physicians nationwide are seeing an alarming increase in the amount of patients being treated in emergency departments for synthetic (or chemically enhanced) drug use.

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Small, Shiny and Dangerous: ACEP Puts the Spotlight on Children Swallowing Objects Like Magnets, Coins or Batteries

Emergency physicians are warning parents about the dangers associated with young children swallowing objects like small batteries, coins and even magnets. Not only do they serve as potential choking hazards, but these foreign objects can cause severe internal damage as they pass through a child’s body.

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"Recreational" Drug Use Like Playing Russian Roulette

The untimely deaths of actors Philip Seymour Hoffman and Cory Monteith from drug overdoses once again highlight a serious continuing public health problem in America that emergency physicians see every day.

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Think With Your Head and Protect Your Brain

An estimated 1.7 million traumatic brain injury-related hospitalizations and emergency visits occur each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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One-in-Five Women Report Being Raped at Some Point in Their Lives

More than 237,000 Americans are sexually assaulted each year. That is one every two minutes.

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Sleep Deprivation Is a Danger to Your Health

Your lack of sleep not only is affecting your health, but also the health and safety of those around you.

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Childproofing Your House Prevents Injury and Saves Lives

Any new parent quickly learns that a toddler is into everything. It only takes a quick second for that child to get out of your sight and around something potentially dangerous.

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Permanent Vision Loss Can Happen in the Blink of an Eye

More than two million people visit the nation’s emergency departments each year because of eye injuries or eye infections. Some of these problems cause damage that can never be reversed. Emergency physicians want every American to practice good eye health in order to decrease that risk.

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Walking in Traffic

Protect yourself and your family by doing these things.

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Wake Up! Pills and Driving Are a Deadly Duo

The use of certain medications, especially prescribed anxiolytic hypnotics, tricyclic antidepressants, and some antihistamines put individuals more at risk of drowsiness-related crashes.

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Travelers' First Aid Kit

Add these items to your Home First Aid Kit when preparing your Travelers' First Aid Kit.

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Travel Tips: Be Prepared For The Unexpected

Planning a trip should include learning about your health coverage because you may find that seeking emergency medical service away from home can be complicated and costly.

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Teenage Driving

Per mile driven, teen drivers are more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than other drivers. The increased risk for crashing results from a combination of inexperience and immaturity, particularly a tendency toward risky behavior.

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Speed

Emergency physicians see the tragic consequences of speeding firsthand.

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Seat Belt Fact Sheet

Safety belts are the most effective means of reducing deaths and serious injuries in traffic crashes.

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Road Rage: Life In The Aggressive Lane

Aggressive driving is a factor in thousands of highway deaths a year. Aggressive driving consists of violent outbursts-also known as "road rage."

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Protect Your Kids in the Car

The safest place for any child 13 years old and under is in the back seat.

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Cruise Ship Travel

Many of the tips for foreign travel apply to cruise ship travel. Injuries are one of the most common reason passengers need medical care on cruise ships, but illnesses can also occur.

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Pedestrian Safety

Emergency physicians treat thousands of patients each year who are injured by motor vehicles while walking.

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Motorcycle Helmets

Emergency physicians often see the tragic consequences of motorcyclists who do not wear helmets. Head injury is the leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes, and helmet use is the single most important factor when it comes to surviving a crash.

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Foul Weather Driving Tips

Driving safely when the weather turns foul takes concentration and planning.

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Foreign Travel

Before you travel out of the country, develop a plan for medical emergencies and decide in advance to avoid risky situations and behaviors. Always check with your physician and travel clinic or public health department about any immunizations and medical documentation you will need, specific to the area you are traveling.

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Alcohol and Driving

Emergency physicians see firsthand the tragic consequences of impaired driving.

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Air Bag Safety

Air bags save lives. Nearly all the people who have died from air bag-related injuries were either unrestrained or improperly restrained.

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Aggressive Driving

Emergency physicians see the tragic consequences of aggressive driving every day.

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Tornado

Tornadoes, like hurricanes, are violent and can cause widespread destruction and death. However, unlike hurricanes they are more localized, of much shorter duration and intensity (lasting only seconds or minutes as opposed to hours or even days) and can arise suddenly without any warning, thus making them difficult to anticipate or predict.

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Hurricane

Hurricanes are common in the southern Atlantic Ocean region, the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and the eastern Pacific Ocean, particularly from August through December.

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Flood

Floods are the most frequently reported natural disaster in the nation and can occur in virtually every state and territory. But not all floods are the same.

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Fire

Approximately 4,000 Americans die each year in fires, and more than 20,000 are injured — often because of lack of awareness of how dangerous fires are and how quickly they spread. That’s why knowing the basic facts about fires is so important.

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Extreme Heat

Extended heat waves can be dangerous and even life-threatening for people, especially the elderly, people with chronic illnesses, the young (under age four) and those who are overweight.

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Earthquake

Earthquakes can strike suddenly and without warning, with devastating loss of life and property.

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Who Takes Care Of You In An Emergency?

Emergency physicians are medical professionals who are dedicated to saving lives and providing the highest quality of care to all their patients.

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When To Call 911

A medical emergency is an event that you reasonably believe threatens your or someone else's life or limb in such a manner that immediate medical care is needed to prevent death or serious impairment of health. Here is some information to help you decide if you should call 911.

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Vomiting and Diarrhea

Vomiting and diarrhea (symptoms of gastroenteritis) may be caused by a virus or bacteria. Food poisoning also can cause these symptoms. Viral illnesses usually run their course without medical treatment while food poisoning, if severe, may require medical attention.

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Vital Signs

The first step in getting you treated in an emergency room is testing your vital signs. It is helpful for the doctor if you know what your “normal” vital signs are.

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Teeth (Dental Emergencies)

Dental emergencies typically involve pain or injury to the teeth, gums, lips or cheek and tongue. Sometimes an infection is involved. In any case, any significant pain or injury to the mouth or the teeth should not be ignored.

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Sunburn and Sun Safety

Although sunlight in small doses (15 to 20 minutes per day) is vital to a person's health, damage caused by spending too much time in the sun can be dangerous, as well as irreversible and can result in a medical emergency.

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Suicide

Occasional passing thoughts about death or suicide usually are harmless, particularly in people who otherwise seem healthy and happy, with no signs of depression, mental illness, drug or alcohol abuse or crises in their lives.

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Stroke

Stroke is a life threatening condition that constitutes a medical emergency. It is the third leading cause of death in the nation. Stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted by a clogged or burst artery.

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Sprains and Strains

A ligament is the tissue that connects a bone to a joint, and a sprain is a stretched or torn ligament. Sprain is an injury to ligaments , while strains are stretch injury to the muscle.

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Sore Throat

Sore throats and their hallmark signs including dry scratchiness, redness, swelling and painful swallowing that go with them are typically a symptom of a common underlying illness such as colds or the flu.

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Snake Bites

Snake bites can be life-threatening if the snake is poisonous. Venomous snakes found in the United States include rattlesnakes, copperheads, cottonmouth water moccasins and coral snakes. If you see a snake, do not touch it, but instead, back away from it slowly.

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Shock

Shock is a serious, often life threatening medical condition and a leading cause of death for critically ill or injured people.

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Seizures

Seizures involve sudden involuntary alterations in behavior or consciousness resulting from excessive electrical activity in the brain. Seizures are common in persons who have epilepsy and normally last two to three minutes.

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Safe Swimming

Drowning occurs most often among small children and people who can't swim, but even experienced swimmers may be susceptible, depending on weather conditions, water currents, their health and other circumstances.

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Rashes

Rashes (also called skin lesions or erythema) have a variety of causes and involve changes in skin color and texture, and can be quite common, especially in children.

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Puncture Wounds

Most cuts are minor, but it is still important to properly care for them. Sometimes it's hard to determine what wounds can be treated at home and which require a trip to the emergency department.

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Poisoning

More than 500,000 people seek emergency care each year in the United States because of poisoning either accidental or deliberate and nearly 30,000 people die. Unintentional poisoning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death in America.

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Nosebleeds

A nosebleed, especially one that arises spontaneously in a child, can be alarming, but most nosebleeds are not serious and often look much worse than they really are.

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Neck or Back Injury

Suspected neck or back (spinal cord) injuries should be taken seriously because of the risk of paralysis and even death. When someone has a head or neck injury, he or she should not be moved because movement may cause further damage.

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Mental Health Emergencies - Waits for Care Grow Dramatically for Patients

The nation’s dwindling mental health resources are contributing significantly to increased wait times and longer emergency department stays for patients having psychiatric emergencies, including children.

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Listen to your Symptoms - When To Seek Emergency Care

At what point does a fever or stomach ache become a medical emergency?

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Know the Difference Between Cold and Flu

As temperatures go down, remember that the threat of the common cold and influenza traditionally rises. The nation’s emergency physicians want to make sure you know the difference between the two and what, if anything, you can do to prevent from getting either.

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Is it an Emergency?

Medical emergencies can be frightening and stressful. But knowing what to do in an emergency can help you effectively deal with the situation. Here you can find information about emergencies.

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Hypothermia-Frostbite

Hypothermia is a potentially life-threatening condition caused by overexposure to cold air or cold water. Although most people typically are not at risk of developing hypothermia, the condition can strike anyone, depending on their individual circumstances, weather conditions and level of exposure in a cold or wet environment.

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Heat-Related Illnesses

Heat related illness can be caused by overexposure to the sun or any situation that involves extreme heat. Young children and the elderly are most at risk, but anyone can be affected.

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Headache

Headaches have a variety of causes. Some are caused by stress and muscle tension, while others may be caused by lack of sleep, a delayed meal, an injury or even foods (e.g., lack of caffeine, alcohol, chocolate, cheeses, nuts, food).

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Head Injury

Head injuries can be caused by falls, motor vehicle crashes and even violence. It's important to prevent injuries by buckling your seat belt in your car and wearing safety equipment, such as helmets, while biking or playing sports.

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Foreign Bodies in Nose or Ears

Young children, especially those under age five, sometimes put items, such as marbles, beads, dried beans, tiny button-shaped batteries or small toys in their ears, noses and mouths. It's important to seek immediate medical attention to remove them, if they are not easily removable.

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Food Poisoning

In the United States approximately 10,000 people die each year from food poisoning, and many more become ill and require medical attention.

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Fever

Fever by itself is not an illness, but a symptom for a range of medical conditions. It also can be a side effect of some medications. Fever is one of the most common reasons that parents visit an emergency department with a child.

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Fainting

Fainting is a loss of consciousness caused when the blood supply to the brain is momentarily interrupted. While typically sudden and alarming, it usually is not harmful (unless the person suffers fainting related injuries), and consciousness is typically regained quickly.

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Eye Emergencies and Wounds

Eye wounds and emergencies can include cuts and scratches, traumatic injuries from foreign objects, burns and chemical exposure (e.g., cleaning solutions, garden chemicals). Any of these conditions can potentially lead to vision loss if left untreated. Always wear eye protection.

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Electrical Injury-Shock

Causes of electrical injury and shock include accidental exposure to household or appliance wiring, arcs from power lines, the severing of an electrical cord or sticking of foreign objects into an outlet (typically in the case of a young child).

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Earaches and Ear Infections

Earaches and ear infections can have a variety of causes - viral, bacterial and fungal - and can affect different parts of the ear.

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Diabetic Emergencies

It is estimated that more than 20 million people in the United States have diabetes, with an estimated six million people being unaware they have it.

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Cuts and Abrasions

Most cuts are minor, but it's still important to care for them. Most can be treated by cleaning with soap and water and applying a clean bandage.

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Choking (Heimlich Maneuver)

ACEP recommends that the Heimlich Maneuver be employed only when a person is choking and his or her life is endangered by a windpipe obstruction.

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Chest Pain Is ALWAYS A Reason To Go To The ER

The recent and sudden deaths of several well-known celebrities from heart-related issues should focus everyone’s attention on the dangers of heart disease and knowing the symptoms of a serious problem.

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Can Your Fitness Tracker Save Your Life in the ER?

Emergency physicians used a patient's personal activity tracker and smartphone to identify the time his heart arrhythmia started, which allowed them to treat his new-onset atrial fibrillation with electrical cardioversion and discharge him home.

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Burns

About 4,000 people die each year in the United States from fire and burn injuries. Burns are one of the leading causes of childhood injury. They can be caused by scalding from hot liquids or cooking oils, contact with flames, or from overexposure to the sun.

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Broken Bones

Broken bones (also called fractures) are a common injury for adults and children. They may be caused by falls, motor vehicle crashes, direct blows and even intentional injuries, such as violence and child abuse.

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Admission to the Hospital

If you are very sick or injured, or if extensive tests or surgery are needed, you may be admitted to the hospital. If you think you may be admitted you should be prepare for your visit by bringing a change of clothes plus whatever personal items you might be need—eyeglasses, for example.

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Medical Tests

Your physician will obtain a thorough history and perform a physical exam in order to treat you. He or she may need (though not always) to order tests, which could include blood tests and imaging studies (X­ray, ultrasound, CT scan or others) to help make a diagnosis.

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Meet the Team

There are more than a dozen staff members in an emergency department, each with specialized training to address the any emergency. Here are four key players.

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Why Am I Waiting So Long?

Emergency physicians are committed to providing high quality emergency care as quickly as possible to all patients, but if you’ve been to a hospital emergency department lately, you most likely know that many of America's ERs are overcrowded.

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Checking into the ER

When you walk into the waiting room, the first thing you will do is check in at the front desk. You will be asked to provide basic information, such as your name, address, date of birth and reason for the visit.

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Use "ICE" in Your Cell Phone

Emergency physicians are recommending that people with cellular phones add "ICE'" entries into their cell phone address books.

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Urgent Care or ER? Don't Make The Wrong Choice

Emergency physicians are concerned that people are confused about when to seek medical care in emergency departments. Nearly three-quarters (71 percent) of emergency physicians responding to a poll said they treat patients every day who ended up in the ER after first seeking help in urgent care centers that were not equipped to care for them.

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Safe Citizen Day

The American College of Emergency Physicians recommends that everyone prepare a Disaster Plan long before disaster strikes. Our goal is to help everyone learn how to become a Safe Citizen.

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Preparing for Emergencies

One of the most important factors in preparing for medical emergencies is to do everything you can to prevent them. Always put safety first by practicing caution and common sense and following safety instructions when given.

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Prepare for Disasters

There are numerous family disasters that can occur, but many ways to prepare for them are similar. ACEP recommends that families first identify what types of disasters are common in their region.

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Organize Your Important Medical Information

Medical Forms Organize your family's medical information. Complete medical history forms on each family member and keep up to date copies in your home, car, first aid kits and wallet. Take the forms you need when you go to the emergency department. Complete consent to treat forms for each child. (Separate forms are available for special needs children.) Provide copies to all caregivers (e.g., babysitters, relatives, school nurses, and teachers). This form will allow caregivers to authorize treatment in an emergency situation when you're away from your child.

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Nearly Two-Thirds of Americans Don’t Have Living Wills — Do You?

It’s a difficult topic for many to discuss let alone take action on. What are your legal health care wishes in the unfortunate chance you are incapacitated and can’t speak or act for yourself?

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How Can An Emergency Department Assist Patients And Caregivers At The End Of Life?

Dying is an inevitable event. That said, the process of dying, a phase often referred to as "the end of life" can be puzzling and frightening to patients and caregivers.

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Communication With Your Family And Your Doctor About Your Wishes

Thinking and planning for one’s death is often difficult and overwhelming for each of us. We would rather hope that death would never come. However, many of us will face prolonged illnesses and we will have to make tough decisions.

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Hard Choices

Good Samaritan laws were put in place to encourage rescuers who voluntarily help others in emergency situations do so without fear of later being sued by the victim for making a mistake or causing further harm.

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ER Checklists

To prepare for medical emergencies, ACEP recommends that you organize your family's medical information.

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Be ready to be a hero. Learn CPR

To learn more about the World CPR Challenge and how you can participate, visit www.amr.net/cpr.

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Bites and Stings

Most bites and stings are easily treatable and non threatening. However, some insects, snakes, jellyfish and even humans can bite or break the skin and potentially introduce disease into your body.

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Back Pain

Acute back problems may be experienced by almost everyone at some point in their lives. There are many causes of back pain, including accidents, muscle strains, sports injuries; acquired nerve, disc or muscle disorders; mechanical problems involving the spine; and infections and tumors.

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Asthma and Allergies

Although asthma and allergies are two separate conditions asthma is a chronic disease of the bronchial airtubes, whereas allergies involve an overreaction of the body's disease fighting immune system the two conditions can be intertwined and often overlap.

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Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis is a severe, life threatening, multisystemic allergic reaction that is triggered by common substances, such as foods, insect stings, medications and latex.

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Adverse Drug Reactions

Many drugs cause side effects, and certain medicines can trigger life threatening reactions allergic and non allergic in some people. Some medicines also interact with other medications and cause adverse drug reactions.

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Abdominal Pain

Abdominal or belly pain can have many causes. It may be due to food poisoning, an intestinal or gall bladder obstruction, an infection or inflammation. It could also be appendicitis, a kidney stone or peptic ulcer disease.

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