Category: Emergency care

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Common ground on preventing gun violence

Categories: Emergency care  /  News  /  trauma

After each high-profile tragedy involving gun violence, the debate begins anew over gun rights and restrictions. And with that debate, Americans show themselves to be as divided as ever. Surgeons — those charged with treating the countless thousands each year who are injured by gunfire — are just as divided as the rest of us, it turns out. The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma has surveyed its members on the subject since 2014. “More than half of the survey respondents hold the view that firearms are beneficial and important for personal liberty and self-protection. About a third believe …Read More >

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Keeping your kids from making a toxic mistake

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News

Through the eyes of a toddler, the world is a collection of fascinating shapes and sizes and colors. Some of those colorful shapes contain things that taste pretty good when Mom or Dad pour them into a bowl or cup. The problem is when things that don’t taste so good — that might even be poisonous — come in similar colorful shapes. And curious kids decide to take matters into their own hands — grabbing the big bottle of disinfecting cleanser that looks a lot like apple juice — when their frazzled parents step out of sight. “A lot of …Read More >

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A watchful eye on sports injuries

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News  /  trauma

Spring means baseball. And with baseball — and many other sports — it also means parents need to keep a watchful eye open for injuries in their young athletes. Dr. Caitlyn Mooney, a pediatrician with University Medicine Associates, urges parents to take sports injuries seriously. Kids can have special issues when it comes to injuries. They also need plenty of time to heal. With children specializing in a specific sport at an early age, they run the risk of injuries from overuse. In baseball, that might mean a pitcher not resting an arm. Running and jumping can lead to more than …Read More >

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Fever 101

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  Infections  /  News

Fever. It’s often the first thing we check our kids for when they feel sick. But how to treat that fever — and when to worry about it — isn’t always clear. The first thing to know is that a fever isn’t an illness, but rather a symptom. It’s a sign your child’s body is fighting an illness or infection. Fever stimulates the body’s defenses, sending white blood cells and other “fighter” cells to attack and destroy the cause of the infection. A fever is generally considered to be a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, according to the American …Read More >

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Burn hazards are everywhere. Here’s how to keep your kids out of the emergency room

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News  /  trauma

University Health System’s pediatric burn program treats more than 300 kids a year from throughout South Texas with painful burns. And during National Burn Awareness Week, our injury prevention team is offering a few tips in the hope of lowering those numbers. The biggest burn hazard for kids in our community? Year after year, it’s hot, sticky microwave noodles and soup. “Across the age spectrum, we see the majority of burns and scalds from hot soups and noodle bowls. It is important that if your kids enjoy eating noodle bowls, you are letting them cool before serving,” said Mandy Fultz, coordinator …Read More >

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Your aching back

Categories: Emergency care  /  News

Your back. It’s important for almost every movement you make throughout the day. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize that fact of anatomy until something goes wrong and they suffer a back injury. Then they wish they could roll back the clock and take their back for granted again. Usually, backs get better after they’re hurt. And even more importantly, there are steps you can take to prevent that injury in the first place. For people younger than 45, back pain is the most common cause of disability. Many things can cause that pain. Poor muscle tone and being overweight or obese …Read More >

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Clot-removing treatment can benefit more stroke patients

Categories: Emergency care  /  News  /  Research

TIME IS BRAIN. That’s long been the message from stroke experts — that faster is better when it comes to how quickly people with stroke symptoms get emergency treatment. It’s still the best advice. But unfortunately, many stroke patients fail to get emergency care within the recommended window of time. Now a large new study finds that more people than previously thought can benefit from an emergency clot-removal procedure for the most common type of strokes, and that some patients saw significant improvement even as long as 16 hours from the start of symptoms. Previously, it was thought that patients …Read More >

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Woman with flu in warm socks surrounded by used tissue, medicines and hot tea

Yes, it’s a wretched, awful, miserable flu season this year

Categories: Emergency care  /  Flu  /  Infections  /  News

If you thought flu season was bad this year, here’s a little confirmation. It’s bad this year. An early season and a troublesome flu strain have sickened a lot of people in our community, and across the country. It’s been setting some records at University Health System, where the virology lab is reporting total weekly numbers of cases approaching the volumes seen during the swine flu pandemic in 2009, with 273 positive cases the week ending Jan. 6. Most of those were University Health System patients, and the numbers are likely deceptively low because when flu is in full swing, …Read More >

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Ryland Ward, 6, the last patient from the Sutherland Springs shootings to leave the hospital, goes home in a firetruck driven by the firefighter who found him at the scene

A sweet ride home for a little hero

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News  /  Surgery  /  trauma

When it was time for Ryland Ward to go home from University Hospital, where he had been getting treatment — and encouragement from well-wishers around the world — since being rushed there Nov. 5 from the mass shootings in Sutherland Springs, a lot of people came together to make sure that ride was a memorable one. In a cherry-red firetruck driven by the firefighter who found him among the victims on that terrible day, Ryland smiled and waved. A multi-department police escort led them through the city and back to his hometown, where family and neighbors lined the street to welcome him. …Read More >

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Keep them safe from household hazards

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News

Almost all poisonings take place in the home. More than half involve kids younger than age 6. The experts at the South Texas Poison Center, located at UT Health San Antonio, recommends that if you THINK someone has been poisoned, call 1-800-222-1222 for advice and consultation. Don’t wait for the person you’re worried about to look or feel sick before seeking help. And don’t try home remedies on your own. To prevent poisonings in the first place, here are a few recommendations aimed at keeping your family safe from harm: Never leave small children alone in a room with cleaning, …Read More >

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