Study: ED visits for self-inflicted injuries surge among girls

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Hospital emergency department visits for self-inflicted injury increased 8.4% per year among females aged 10-24 between 2009 and 2015, with the largest annual increase (18.8%) among girls aged 10 to 14, according to a study reported yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. ED visits... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Behavioral health, emergency care

American Association of Poison Centers releases online help tool

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The American Association of Poison Centers has released an online poison help triage tool for the public. PoisonHelp.org offers information and treatment advice for human exposure to some 325,000 products and substances. For complex or potentially dangerous exposures, the user is prompted to call the... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: physicians, nurses, preparedness, emergency care, opioids

CDC issues data brief on ED visits by seniors

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Hospital emergency departments receive an annual average of 15.5 million visits for illness and 5.2 million visits for injury by adults aged 65 and older, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on the ED component of the 2012-2013 National Hospital Ambulatory... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Medicare, emergency care

CDC: Adult ED visits largely unchanged in first year of ACA coverage provisions

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Eighteen percent of adults under age 65 reported visiting a hospital emergency department at least once in 2014, about the same as in 2013, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 35.2% of the ED visitors reported having Medicaid coverage, 16.6% were... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: emergency care

Preparedness Pays Off

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Preparedness has paid off for hospitals responding to a host of recent disasters -- unprecedented flooding on the East Coast, a tragic college shooting and ferocious fires on the West Coast and more. In every case, they put well-practiced disaster plans into action to care for patients under challenging... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, preparedness, emergency care

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