Emergency 101

Managing emergencies – from minor injuries to life-threatening situations. Select from the many informative articles below.

Is It a Real Emergency?

Before a true medical emergency strikes, know when to seek emergency medical treatment and how to prepare for a visit to the ER. If you have any doubts as to whether your condition is a medical emergency, speak with your doctor immediately, or call 911.

Protecting You and Your Family from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Winter is upon us, and that means heating systems are running—creating a potentially life-threatening condition that many people ignore until it’s too late. The condition is carbon monoxide poisoning, which injures more than 10,000 people a year and kills more than 5,000 a year.

Protect Yourself Against the Flu

Each year, at least 30 million Americans experience the flu. Although many of these infections are only mild to moderate, yearly at least 20,000 people in the United States die from the flu and its complications, and more than 100,000 flu patients are hospitalized.

Danger in Your Home

There are more than two million episodes of poisonings annually in the US, and 92 percent of them occur at home.

Is it Sprained or Broken?

Usually, you know immediately if you have a broken bone, but some broken bones are not so obvious.

Signs of Stroke

Stroke is the leading cause of disability and the third leading cause of death in adults.

Treating Sunburn

It’s easy to get a sunburn, because the reaction begins three to six hours after exposure and usually becomes maximal by 24 hours. The good news is that there are several ways you can relieve painful sunburn.

Asthma Attack Calls for Quick Response

Asthma attacks may start suddenly, or they may take a long time, even days, to develop. Proper treatment depends on whether these attacks are severe, moderate or mild.

Spring Chores? Steady on the Ladder

Each year, more than 511,000 people are treated in a medical facility because they failed to use ladders safely. And, more than 300 people actually die from injuries related to ladders — almost one death a day.

Preventing Falls

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in people aged 65 and older, and almost two-thirds of accidental falls among older persons occur in the home. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, falls are not “natural occurrences” for seniors and can be prevented 30 – 40% of the time.

Food Allergies Can Be Life Threatening

Eight common food allergens cause more than 90% of all food allergic reactions. There is no cure for a food allergy, so avoidance
is critical.

Avoiding Home Fires

If you think your home is not at risk for a home fire, consider these statistics: 370,000 homes are struck by fires each year, some 4,000 Americans die in fires annually, and about 80 percent of these deaths occur in the home.

Domestic Abuse: Getting Help

Domestic abuse takes many forms–from screaming threats to pushing and shoving. It is not just physical battering; domestic abuse can include emotional, economic, or sexual abuse.

When Food Poisoning Strikes

Each year, up to 33 million people may suffer the consequences of a food-borne illness, including diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, headache, and vomiting. When food poisoning is severe, you need to seek medical treatment.

Playing It Safe With Toys

Choking is the leading cause of toy-related deaths in children ages 4 and under. Teach your children to use toys properly, and always discard the packaging. Make sure to send in your warranty card in case of recalls.

Home First Aid Kits

Is your home prepared for emergencies? Do you really know what you need to have on hand?

Could it be Appendicitis?

A burst appendix can cause a serious infection that can spread throughout the abdomen. Watch for symptoms, and see medical attention right away.

Safe Biking

Scary thought — but during the months of June through September, bicycle deaths double. Don’t be a statistic — wear your helmet.

When Asthma is an Emergency

Severe asthma attacks are medical emergencies that require immediate attention. You may be in a life-threatening situation if symptoms don’t improve within five minutes.

Stroke: Quick Action Saves Lives

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the US. Make sure to learn the warning signs, and call for emergency help immediately.

Alcohol Abuse

Approximately two-thirds of U.S. adults drink alcohol occasionally, and 13% are alcoholics. About one out of five recreational drinkers will become alcohol dependent.

Winter Heart Attack Alert

No matter what climate you live in, winter account for one-third more deaths than in the summer and early fall. To survive, it is important to recognize the earliest signs of a heart attack.

Poison Prevention

Poisoning is the most common cause of nonfatal accidents in the home.

Guarding Against Hypothermia

Frostbite is limb-threatening; hypothermia is life-threatening.

Avoiding Holiday Mishaps

Follow this advice to have a safe and happy holiday season.

Be Safe from Fire

October is a good time to check the batteries in your smoke detector and to purchase a fire extinguisher.

Carbon Monoxide: Silent Threat

You cannot see or smell carbon monoxide, making it a silent threat . . . but if it’s undetected, it can kill you within minutes.

Food Safety

The responsibility for safe consumption of foods lies with the consumer, as many food-borne illnesses are home related.

Lyme Disease — Protect Yourself!

Lyme disease can cause serious health problems. Make sure to protect yourslef when outdoors.

Swimming Pool Safety Refresher

In fact, according to the National Safety Council, drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths in children.

First on the Scene When Emergency Strikes

Depending on the severity of the emergency, either an emergency medical technician (EMT) or a paramedic will respond.

Bike Helmets Make a Head-full of Sense

The study found that helmets can prevent 88% of all brain injuries incurred while bicycling and help saves the lives of more than 800 cyclists killed in the United States each year.

High Blood Pressure? Thank Your Spouse

Marital discord contributes to hypertension, according to a study presented at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons meeting in Toronto.

Should We Go to the Emergency Department?

Time is of the essence in treating a heart attack, so anyone with sudden shortness of breath or tightness or pain in the chest, especially if it spreads into the jaw or left arm, should seek emergency care immediately.

Winter Fire Safety

’Tis the season to curl up by the fireplace with a good book.

Holiday Home Safety

If you choose to buy a live tree this year, the trick is to buy the freshest tree you can find—maybe even cut your own tree for maximum freshness.

Emergency: What Should I Take With Me?

Here’s some tips from The Health Alliance that will allow the nurses and physicians to better assess your situation.


Cold and flu season is just around the corner . . . do you know what questions to ask your pharmacist about prescription and over-the-counter medications?

Back To School

For families with school-age children, the beginning of a new school year can be an exciting and stressful time.

Camping Safety

A camping trip in the summer can be a wonderful experience as long as campers keep safety in mind.

Swimming And Diving

Approximately two-thirds of U.S. adults drink alcohol occasionally, and 13% are alcoholics. About one out of five recreational drinkers will become alcohol dependent.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are extremely important, but very few people really understand how the EMS system works.


Alcoholism isn’t predominate in one age group—alcohol abuse is as common in teenagers as it is in senior citizens.

An Invisible Danger

During the first few months of 1998, several cases of carbon monoxide poisoning have made the news in Cincinnati.


About 90 percent of all serious burns happen right at home, and half of these victims are children.

Eye Safety

Pain, bleeding and swelling of the eye are all reasons to seek medical attention.


Literature and folklore is filled with accounts of resuscitation, as when Snow White, with a slice of poisoned apple in her throat, is kissed backed to life. Medically documented cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), is no fairy tale and dates only to the early 1960s.

Household Poison Prevention

Every year home poisonings cause more than a million injuries and illnesses.

Are You At Risk?

Lead poisoning is the greatest environmental danger facing American children.

It’s Sneezin’ Season

Some 35 million Americans suffer from allergies to everything from cat hair to peanuts.

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