Emergency Care For You

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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