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News Advisory: Johns Hopkins to Host First National Symposium on Hospital Shootings April 11

Johns Hopkins public health and emergency preparedness experts will host the first national symposium designed to help health care providers and staff better prepare for and react to an “active shooter” in hospitals and other the health care settings. The “Active Shooter Incidents in Hospitals and Healthcare Settings” symposium will explore the legal, moral and ethical obligations of medical institutions and their staff to protect patients when such events occur.

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ER Doctors Commonly Miss More Strokes Among Women, Minorities and Younger Patients

Analyzing federal health care data, a team of researchers led by a Johns Hopkins specialist concluded that doctors overlook or discount the early signs of potentially disabling strokes in tens of thousands of American each year, a large number of them visitors to emergency rooms complaining of dizziness or headaches.

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Unique Use of Heart-Lung Machine Saves Heart Attack Victim at UCLA Emergency Room

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James Manzi recently suffered a massive heart attack that he was lucky to have survived. UCLA utilized a device called the heart-lung machine – not often used in the ER – to save him. Manzi and his wife Barbara, who met at a bar mitzvah in Texas 23 years ago, are grateful to have more time together and look forward to celebrating James’ 80th birthday on April 6.

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Microfluidic Device With Artificial Arteries Measures Drugs’ Influence on Blood Clotting

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A new microfluidic method for evaluating drugs commonly used for preventing heart attacks has found that while aspirin can prevent dangerous blood clots in some at-risk patients, it may not be effective in all patients with narrowed arteries. The study, which involved 14 human subjects, used a device that simulated blood flowing through narrowed coronary arteries to assess effects of anti-clotting drugs.

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Emergency Department Use in Massachusetts Rose Slightly After Implementation of State’s Health Care Access Law

BOSTON – Emergency department usage in Massachusetts rose slightly both during and immediately after implementation of a 2006 state law expanding health care access, a sign that broader availability of insurance may increase use of the ED, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center researchers report in a study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

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Researchers Find Significant Increase in Painkillers Prescribed to U.S. Adults Visiting Emergency Departments

George Washington University Researchers were published today in Academic Emergency Medicine for their paper, "Rising Opioid Prescribing in Adult U.S. Emergency Department Visits: 2001-2010."

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Trauma Center Closures Linked to Higher Odds of Death for Injured Patients

Injured patients who live near trauma centers that have closed have higher odds of dying once they reach a hospital, according to a new analysis by UC San Francisco researchers.

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Prehospital Alerts Let Stroke Patients Skip the Emergency Room

Prehospital stroke alerts by emergency medical services (EMS) personnel can shorten the time to effective treatment with "clot-busting" drugs for patients with stroke, according to a report in the March issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

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Can A Story Help Doctors Curb the Prescription Opioid Abuse Epidemic?

In the fight against a nationwide prescription opioid abuse epidemic, Penn Medicine researchers are using storytelling to help doctors recall important, potentially lifesaving national guidelines on how to prescribe these medications.

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Fast Emergency Department Identification of Sepsis Speeds Treatment

Early identification of sepsis cases in the emergency department using a symptoms-based screening tool significantly decreased the time interval for administering life-saving antibiotic treatment, according to research reported in the Journal for Healthcare Quality, the peer reviewed publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ, www.nahq.org).

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