Traumatic Brain Injury Causes Intestinal Damage

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) researchers have found a two-way link between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and intestinal changes. These interactions may contribute to increased infections in these patients, and may also worsen chronic brain damage. This is the first study to find that TBI in mice can trigger delayed, long-term changes in [...]

By |2018-01-30T09:50:30+00:00January 30th, 2018|Emergency Medicine|0 Comments

Video Game Improves Doctors’ Recognition and Triage of Severe Trauma Patients

Playing an adventure video game featuring a fictitious, young emergency physician treating severe trauma patients was better than text-based learning at priming real doctors to quickly recognise the patients who needed higher levels of care, according to a new trial led by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The results, published by The BMJ, [...]

By |2018-01-30T09:49:14+00:00January 30th, 2018|Emergency Medicine|0 Comments

New Link Between Head Trauma, CTE and Lou Gehrig’s Disease Uncovered

Researchers at Western University have uncovered a unique neurobiological pathway triggered by head trauma which underlies both Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and Lou Gehrig’s disease. CTE is a fatal neurodegenerative disease shown to be a result of repeated head trauma, and is associated with elite athletes involved in contact sports. Previous research has shown that [...]

By |2018-01-30T09:48:09+00:00January 30th, 2018|Emergency Medicine|0 Comments

New Tool Identifies Headache Patients at Risk of Aneurysms

A new tool to identify potentially fatal aneurysms in patients with headaches who seem otherwise well will help emergency departments to identify high-risk patients, improve survival rates and cut out unnecessary imaging, according to new research published in Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). A bleeding brain aneurysm, referred to medically as a subarachnoid hemorrhage, can [...]

By |2017-12-05T11:30:32+00:00December 5th, 2017|Emergency Medicine|0 Comments

New Study Finds Widespread Consequences After Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

Researchers have shown that some of the critical pathophysiological responses to traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI), evidence of insufficient oxygen levels and metabolic stress that can permanently damage tissue, persist for at least a week post-injury at and extending away from the injury site in a large animal model. Evidence demonstrating hemodynamic and metabolic changes [...]

By |2017-12-05T11:29:27+00:00December 5th, 2017|Emergency Medicine|0 Comments

Non-Invasive Brain Imaging Shows Readiness of Trainees

While simulation platforms have been used to train surgeons before they enter an actual operating room (OR), few studies have evaluated how well trainees transfer those skills from the simulator to the OR. Now, a study that used non-invasive brain imaging to evaluate brain activity has found that simulator-trained medical students successfully transferred those skills [...]

By |2017-12-05T11:27:59+00:00December 5th, 2017|Emergency Medicine|0 Comments

Tempus ALS is Lightening the Load For Paramedics and First Responders

Remote Diagnostic Technologies Ltd (RDT) has announced the launch of its Tempus ALS monitor and defibrillator. Lighter and more focused than existing technologies, the Tempus ALS enables paramedics to carry less and do much more. Furthermore, its advanced data collection and sharing capabilities offer a clear pathway for organisations looking to realise the vision of [...]

By |2017-10-24T09:34:03+00:00October 24th, 2017|Emergency Medicine|0 Comments

Patients Prescribed Opioids in the ER Less Likely to Use Them Long-Term

Compared to other medical settings, emergency patients who are prescribed opioids for the first time in the emergency department are less likely to become long-term users and more likely to be prescribed these powerful painkillers, in accordance with the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. A paper analysing 5.2 million prescriptions for opioids [...]

By |2017-10-03T10:10:09+00:00October 3rd, 2017|Emergency Medicine|0 Comments

Electronic Triage Tool Improves Patient Care In Emergency Departments

When a patient arrives in any emergency department, one of the first steps in their care process is triage, an opportunity for a care team member to identify critically ill patients and assign priority treatment levels. To help differentiate patient triage levels, Scott Levin, PhD, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University [...]

By |2017-10-03T10:08:57+00:00October 3rd, 2017|Emergency Medicine|0 Comments

Electrical Stimulation Shows Promise for Treating Traumatic Brain Injury

Using a form of low-impulse electrical stimulation to the brain, documented by neuroimaging, researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) and collaborators elsewhere, have reported significantly improved neural function in participants with mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). Their findings are published online in the [...]

By |2017-10-03T10:08:06+00:00October 3rd, 2017|Emergency Medicine|0 Comments
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