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Urgent Care Versus the ER? Johns Hopkins Pediatrican Offers Tips on Making the Right Choice

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It’s Friday afternoon and your 20-month-old son is running a fever. He is cranky, refuses to eat, periodically pulls on his ears, and isn’t his usual playful self. Your reaction is ...

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Study: Even with Copayments for Nonurgent Care, Medicaid Patients Still Rely on ERs

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How can states and federal government provide adequate health care to poor people, without overburdening taxpayers or leaving health care providers with billions in unpaid bills? That thorny problem is especially challenging in the aftermath of a recession and congressional mandates expanding Medicaid eligibility.

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Beyond the Bandages: Study Finds Pediatric Trauma Nurses Know About Trauma-Informed Care

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Pediatric nurses play a key role in preventing post-traumatic stress in injured children and their families by practicing "trauma-informed care". A new study surveyed pediatric trauma nurses, revealing that they are knowledgeable about practicing trauma-informed care, but need for additional training to help families cope after a child’s injury.

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Major Study Sends Clear Safety Message to Prevent Brain Injury in Children

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An exhaustive analysis of data from more than 40,000 cases of brain trauma in children – published by the authoritative New England Journal of Medicine – provides convincing evidence that protecting children in advance from head injuries is the key to reducing their severity.

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Physical Recovery in Critically Ill Patients Can Predict Remission of Anxiety and PTSD Symptoms

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In a two-year longitudinal study involving 13 intensive care units in four U.S. hospitals, researchers found that better physical functioning — basic and complex activities considered essential for maintaining independence — is associated with remission of general anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms.

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The George Washington University Launches Podcast Series to Promote Innovation in Health Care

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The George Washington University Office for Clinical Practice Innovation launched a podcast series to generate conversation about more efficient, cost-effective health care delivery.

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Emergency Department Resource Use by Supervised Residents vs. Attending Physicians Alone

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In a sample of U.S. emergency departments, compared to attending physicians alone, supervised visits (involving both resident and attending physicians) were associated with a greater likelihood of hospital admission and use of advanced imaging and with longer emergency department stays, according to a study in the December 10 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on medical education.

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New Study Finds a Child Treated in a U.S. Emergency Department Every 3 minutes for a Toy-Related Injury

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In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers in the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital have found that an estimated 3,278,073 children were treated in United States emergency departments from 1990 through 2011 for a toy-related injury.

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Eighty Percent of Kidney Dialysis Patients Unprepared for Natural Disaster or Emergency

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Eighty percent of kidney dialysis patients surveyed were not adequately prepared in the event of an emergency or natural disaster that shut down their dialysis center. But after receiving individualized education from a multidisciplinary team , 78 percent of these patients had become adequately prepared, according to a study.

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Paradox Lost: Speedier Heart Attack Treatment Does Save More Lives After All, Study Suggests

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A national effort to shave minutes off emergency heart attack treatment time has increased the chance that each patient will survive. But yet the survival rate for all patients put together hasn’t budged. It seems like a paradox. But the paradox vanishes with more detailed analysis of exactly who has been getting this treatment.