The University of Michigan was recently awarded funding from the National Institutes of Health to establish an institutional career development program for advanced training in emergency critical care research.
As America battles an epidemic of deaths from misused pain pills, a new study suggests an inexpensive way to cut risky use of these drugs by people who have a high chance of overdosing. And it could happen exactly where many patients get those drugs in the first place: the emergency room of their local hospital.
What’s the best way to treat someone who’s stuck in a prolonged, dangerous seizure? Although emergency medical teams use a variety of approaches around the country, they could use better guidance based on research to give patients the best chance of surviving, and reduce brain damage. Now, a study to answer that very question in children and adults is happening at the University of Michigan Health System and other hospitals around the country.
What’s the best way to treat someone who’s stuck in a prolonged, dangerous seizure? Although emergency medical teams use a variety of approaches around the country, they could use better guidance based on research to give patients the best chance of surviving, and reduce brain damage. Now, a study to answer that very question in children and adults has launched at the University of Michigan Health System and other hospitals around the country.
If you think caring for severely injured patients is hard work, imagine doing it 2,000 feet above the ground and at 175 miles per hour. And if that doesn’t sound bad enough, perform all of those same caring techniques in front of hundreds of fellow medical professionals, video crews, and of course, judges.
The results of a five-year trial from faculty at the University of Michigan Injury Center found giving youth in the emergency department a short intervention during their visit decreased their alcohol consumption and problems related to drinking over the following year.
A new study of emergency stroke care in America shows just how much of a patchwork system we still have for delivering the most effective stroke treatment.
And thousands of people a year may end up unnecessarily disabled as a result.
BCBSM and UMHS will collaborate with emergency physicians at participating hospitals across the state to develop best practices to improve the experience and outcomes of patients receiving care in emergency departments.
Two young men in their late teens sit in adjacent rooms of an inner-city emergency room. One is getting care for injuries he suffered in a fight, the other, for a sore throat. A study finds that the one who had been in a fight will have a nearly 60 percent chance of becoming involved in a violent incident involving a firearm within the next two years.
An advanced form of life support that takes over for the failing hearts and lungs of critically ill patients saves lives. But for adults, the odds of surviving depend on which hospital provides the life-supporting treatment – with the best odds at ones that use the technique dozens of times a year, a new study finds.
If every new car made in the United States had a built-in blood alcohol level tester that prevented impaired drivers from driving the vehicle, how many lives could be saved, injuries prevented, and injury-related dollars left unspent? Researchers at the University of Michigan Injury Center and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute studied the impact of installing these alcohol ignition interlock devices in all newly purchased vehicles over a 15-year period; their estimates of injury prevention and cost savings are significant.
No matter where they come from, some of the nation’s most critically ill and injured adult emergency patients end up in one place: the UMHS Emergency Department. Now, the most critical emergency patients will go straight to a new unit designed just for them.
A national effort to shave minutes off emergency heart attack treatment time has increased the chance that each patient will survive, a new study suggests. But yet the survival rate for all patients put together hasn’t budged. It seems like a paradox. But wait, say they authors of the new report: the paradox vanishes with more detailed analysis of exactly who has been getting this treatment.
Teens and young adults who get seriously injured in an assault are nearly twice as likely as their peers to end up back in the emergency room for a violent injury within the next two years, a new University of Michigan Injury Center study finds. The researchers call this repeating pattern of violent injury a reoccurring disease, but their landmark study also suggests potentially powerful opportunities to intervene in ways that could stop the cycle.
A web-based system that allows preschools and child care centers to report illnesses to local public health departments could improve the detection of disease outbreaks and allow resources to be mobilized more quickly.
Doctors at one hospital may be as much as six times as likely to admit an emergency patient with a common non-life-threatening diagnosis to the hospital, compared with doctors at another hospital treating an identical patient, a new U-M study finds.
When a medical emergency strikes, our gut tells us to get to the nearest hospital quickly. But a new study suggests that busier emergency centers may actually give the best chance of surviving – especially for people suffering life-threatening medical crises.
A new approach to designing clinical trials -- so that patients' odds of getting the better-performing treatment improve -- may help increase the number of people who agree to take part in medical studies.