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August 7, 2006 | From Times wire reports
About two-thirds of cardiac-arrest patients taken to hospitals by emergency medical technicians die anyway, and probably most could be declared dead at the scene, researchers said.
June 19, 2006 | From Times wire reports
Heart attack victims who were resuscitated by manual chest compressions fared better than those revived with a mechanical chest compression device, a study said Tuesday. Although between 28% and 30% of heart attack victims suffering cardiac arrest survived for at least four hours whether their hearts were restarted mechanically or manually, longer term survival rates and brain functioning were higher among those revived manually, the study found.
June 15, 2006 | From Reuters
U.S. emergency rooms are understaffed, overwhelmed and unable to cope with a crisis, whether a pandemic, attack or natural disaster, according to reports released Wednesday. Americans rely heavily on emergency departments and emergency medical services to save their lives when sudden illness or disaster strikes, yet these services are not properly funded and often do not live up to expectations, the reports from the independent Institute of Medicine found.
May 27, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that problems with drugs for attention deficit disorders drive nearly 3,100 people to emergency rooms each year. Nearly two-thirds -- overdoses and accidental use -- could be prevented by parents locking the pills away, the researchers reported in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine.
January 6, 2006 | Wendy Thermos, Times Staff Writer
Prolonged tailgate partying at the Rose Bowl game led to a higher number of arrests and medical calls than in past years, Pasadena authorities said Thursday. More than 200 paramedic requests were logged before or during Wednesday's game. Police made 36 arrests, primarily for public drunkenness. "Typically we have a parade and then the game," said Lisa Derderian, spokeswoman for the Pasadena Fire Department, referring to the traditional New Year's Day pairing of the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl.
December 2, 2005 | Ellen Barry, Times Staff Writer
Tami McMahon, a nurse, wept on her way back to Seattle. She was thinking about the place she left behind: the splintered neighborhood of east Biloxi, where she volunteered at a free medical clinic after Hurricane Katrina. McMahon, 33, was going home because state health officials said the emergency clinic was no longer necessary. Local doctors were eager to channel patients back to their practices, and hospitals were up and running. McMahon didn't see it that way.
October 16, 2005 | Steve Lopez
The call comes in at 11:18 in the morning. Possible overdose on skid row, just half a block from one of the busiest firehouses in the United States. Firefighter-paramedic Dave Chavez, 42, grabs a blank incident report and marches toward his Rescue 9 ambulance with partner Juan Penuelas. At 11:20, they pull out of the station, and Chavez is taking in the devastation on San Julian Street in downtown Los Angeles.
September 26, 2005 | Emily Singer, Special to The Times
A nail-biter of a baseball game might be all it takes to cure minor ills, at least temporarily. New research shows that visits to the emergency room plunge during key games. "We saw amazing drops in visitation to ER departments in Boston when the games were really important, like Game 7 [of the American League Championship with the Red Sox] against the Yankees," says John Brownstein, an epidemiologist at Harvard Medical School who led the study with colleague Ben Reis.
September 22, 2005 | David Pierson, Times Staff Writer
Nearly two months after Downey Regional Medical Center announced that it might close its emergency room because of the rising costs of caring for uninsured patients, hospital officials said Wednesday that they might keep the doors open after all. The private nonprofit facility has been losing money -- especially since its agreement with Medi-Cal, the government health program for the poor, ended more than a year ago.
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