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August 29, 2014

Can YouTube save your life?

Only a handful of CPR and basic life support (BLS) videos available on YouTube provide instructions which are consistent with recent health guidelines, according to a new study published in Emergency Medicine Australasia, the journal for the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM).

August 28, 2014

Deadly remedy: warning issued about Chinese herbal medicine

A herbal preparation prescribed by a Chinese herbal medication practitioner in Melbourne for back pain resulted in life-threatening heart changes, prompting a team of intensive care and emergency physicians to call for appropriate patient education by practitioners who prescribe complementary medications.

June 20, 2014

Care urged in taking modified-release paracetamol

Paracetamol overdose accounts for up to 20% of poisonings presenting to Australian and North American emergency departments.

Modified-release paracetamol taken for osteoarthritis has been on the Australian market since 2001, and listed on the PBS since 2008.

A study of people who intentionally take more than the recommended dose warns that the current pack size of the medication may put patients at risk of larger overdose.

June 20, 2014

Care needed in introducing new foods to young children

Young children should take care when eating small vegetables such as corn kernels.

This is the message of case letter published as an Early View issue of Emergency Medicine Australasia, the journal of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine.

October 15, 2013

Alcohol-related violence: Is “glassing” the big issue?

Contrary to public perception, “glassing” incidents, particularly at licensed venues, constitute a relatively small proportion of all alcohol-related violence.

July 22, 2013

Large tick bite study finds 6% life-threatening reaction

A study of over 500 cases of tick bites presenting to a single New South Wales hospital over a two-year period, the largest recorded study of its type, has found 6% (34) of the bites resulted in anaphylaxis – an acute life-threatening hypersensitivity reaction.

June 17, 2013

Population ageing is Australasia’s greatest health policy challenge

If “demography is destiny”, emergency departments will inevitably be overwhelmed by the acute care needs of older people, according to a paper published in the latest issue of Emergency Medicine Australasia, the journal of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine.

June 17, 2013

Stress test OK after hospital discharge

People with chest pain who require a treadmill exercise stress test can safely have this test after discharge from a hospital emergency department, a new study has found.

June 17, 2013

Blood pressure cuffs potential vectors for transmission of multi-resistant organisms, study finds

Blood pressure cuffs are potential vectors for transmission of multi-resistant organisms , according to a study published in the latest issue of Emergency Medicine Australasia, the journal of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine.

June 17, 2013

High blood pressure identified as major issue post-earthquake

Management of chronic diseases such as hypertension has been identified as a major issue in earthquake-affected rural areas, according to a study published in the latest issue of Emergency Medicine Australasia, the journal of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine.

June 17, 2013

Private EDs can take pressure off public hospitals

Public hospital emergency departments (EDs) in Australia have become increasingly congested due to increasing demand and access block.

June 17, 2013

Obesity does not appear to adversely affect ED treatment

Obesity does not appear to adversely affect emergency department (ED) treatment, according to a study published in the latest issue of Emergency Medicine Australasia, the journal of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine.

December 07, 2012

Intimate partner violence is a common occurrence in Australian society

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a common occurrence in Australian society, with far-reaching health, social and economic implications.

December 07, 2012

Call for mandatory reporting of “body-packers”

Body packing, pushing and stuffing are methods by which people conceal illicit drugs in order to transport them across borders or evade police discovery.

October 10, 2012

Australia’s amphetamine usage amongst highest in world, associated with mental health problems

Amphetamines are the most commonly used illicit drugs after cannabis, and Australia has one of the highest rates of their usage in the world

October 09, 2012

Ambulance patients frequently wait up to an hour at the ED because of overcrowding

Patients who are brought to hospital by ambulance frequently have to wait before being accepted into the treatment area in the hospital’s emergency department (ED) because of ED overcrowding.

October 08, 2012

Study finds no benefit in the commonly used magnesium for Irukandji stings

Intravenous magnesium sulphate has been the standard treatment for the sting of various jellyfish, including Irukandji, recommended by the Queensland Ambulance Service, the Irukandji Taskforce (a Queensland Government-sponsored taskforce), and other prehospital retrieval services.

August 15, 2012

Group SMS use proves an advantage in management of disaster casualties – new study

Use of SMS messages in emergencies is just one of the positives to have resulted from the experience in managing two burns disasters at Royal Perth Hospital, a new study has found.

August 15, 2012

Toxic cocktail: warning to tourists in southeast Asia

Drinking complimentary cocktails at a popular tourist bar in Indonesia resulted in a young woman requiring hospital treatment for methanol poisoning, sparking a warning from doctors for tourists to be wary of potentially tainted drinks in southeast Asia.

July 18, 2012

Heart Foundation risk classification of chest pain patients only a fair predictor of heart attack, study finds

The Heart Foundation’s risk classification of emergency department patients with chest pain offers only fair prediction of myocardial infarction (heart attack), and this prediction is not sufficient to justify admission to coronary care for all patients classified as high risk using these criteria.

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