July 25, 2012 |
AURORA, Colo. - Dr. Tien Vu was fixing up a child's cut when the first victim was rolled into the emergency room. He was slumped in his wheelchair, his face gnarled in pain, his leg bloodied. A bullet had ripped into his thigh. Something's off, Vu recalled thinking. The emergency room at Children's Hospital Colorado, where Vu has worked for nearly a decade, mostly tends to kids' broken bones and stubborn fevers, though the staff has handled its share of ailing adults too. But a gunshot wound was unusual.
May 9, 2011 |
Children who are brought to a hospital's emergency department after a blow to the head are often rushed into a CT scanner so physicians can rule out dangerous bleeding in the brain. But when emergency doctors wait to see if a child's dizziness, nausea, headache or disorientation subside, they can reduce the use of potentially risky CT scans without raising the risk they will miss a problem requiring immediate surgery, says a new study . The research, published in the journal Pediatrics , comes against the backdrop of two trends: the rising rate of concussion-related ER visits by younger kids , and the exploding use of CT, or computed tomography , scans, despite growing concerns about the high dose of radiation and heightened cancer risk they pose.
April 11, 2011 |
The premise Nurse Jackie Peyton (Edie Falco) is having trouble managing her growing addiction to painkillers. Nevertheless, she continues to snort an opiate in the supply room and pop pills in the bathroom during shifts at the hospital. Jackie works in the busy emergency room, where she helps take care of a boy who wedged a dental mirror up his nose because he was trying to see his brain. Later, another young man is brought in after being found crushed under 2 tons of books (he and his father were part of a moving team that were clearing a library that was closing)
March 18, 2011 |
"Match Day" is a sort of March Madness for med students. It's the time of year when seniors in medical schools throughout the country are matched with residency programs. Though the fine points of the process likely only matter to those craving a spot, the residency offerings do offer a glimpse of our future specialists, if not our general practitioners. The not-for-profit National Resident Matching Program on Thursday placed more than 16,000 U.S. medical students in a record 26,000 residency programs.
January 28, 2011 |
Every year, some 300,000 Americans suffer a heart attack outside of a hospital, and the overall statistics are pretty grim: only 7.9% survive. So, what is it about the lucky 23,700 that helps them buck such long odds? One thing those survivors are likely to have in common is that their first heart attack symptoms seem to have come on in a public place. Another is that the heartbeat irregularity that signals trouble is likely to be ventricular fibrillation , a fast or erratic electrical signal in the heart's lower chambers that causes them to quiver uselessly rather than pumping blood out of the heart and into the rest of the body.
December 13, 2010 |
"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" 9 p.m. Dec. 1, NBC Episode: "Rescue" The Premise: Twenty-six-year-old Caitlin Lemarck throws a party at which she is attacked, and her head is smashed against a mirror. She has a seizure and is taken to the hospital, where she goes into cardiac arrest. The emergency room doctors aren't able to resuscitate her, and she dies of bleeding into her brain (a subdural hematoma). Upon examining Lemarck's body, Dr. Melinda Warner ( Tamara Tunie)