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    STB is the New CPR

    April 06, 2018

    Nearly 60,000 people die from bleeding each year, and though injuries that result in extreme blood loss have long been a sight all too common in areas like West Philadelphia, the national spotlight has certainly shone upon the issue of late. 

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    Expect the Unexpected During In-Flight Medical Emergencies

    March 26, 2018

    “Ladies and gentlemen, is there a physician on board?” The flight attendant on a flight from Rwanda to Turkey made the announcement no one wants to hear, and Rachel Zang, MD, an emergency medicine resident at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, jumped into action.

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    Getting to Zero Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities: An Insider’s View

    January 17, 2018

    As we took our positions around the bed in the trauma bay, I could hear the first patient being wheeled in by the paramedics, screaming hysterically with slurred speech, “I’m sorry! I’m sorry! Please save her!” The paramedics slid her backboard on to the gurney. She was flailing with tears welling up in her eyes and a heavy smell of alcohol on her breath.


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    How the Opioid Epidemic is Changing Emergency Care

    December 13, 2017

    Drug overdoses, mostly from opioids, are killing an average of 142 Americans each day. In Chester County, deaths related to opioid overdoses are up 38 percent for the first half of this year compared with 2016. The crisis is affecting both urban and community hospitals alike. Chester County Hospital is taking steps to meet the challenges this crisis presents. 

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    Surviving the “Silent Killer”: How Seamless Coordination Saves Lives

    November 13, 2017

    As temperatures drop, the number of visits to emergency rooms across the country tends to spike in the opposite direction. From tumbles off of ladders while decorating and holiday baking burns, to icy falls and omnipresent flu germs, the “most wonderful time of the year” doesn’t always live up to its moniker. Yet, there’s one seasonal threat that we tend to forget about until a tragic story hits the news: carbon monoxide (CO), often dubbed the “invisible killer” or “silent killer.” 

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    [Liquid] Food for Thought

    June 19, 2017

    After a bike accident left me with a broken jaw wired shut, one of my biggest concerns was figuring out how and what to eat when I could only sip it through a straw. After discovering meal replacement shakes weren't going to cut it, I decided to talk with a pro to see what I was lacking and how I could get it. 

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    From the Rain, There Comes a Rainbow

    May 10, 2017

    It rained hard on Thursday, March 10, 2011. So hard that track practice at Saucon Valley High School was cancelled, leaving sophomore Amanda Illingworth a bit stranded and looking for a ride home. Little did she know the ride she accepted would change the course of the rest of her life.

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    Then and Now: The Healing Power of an Urban Garden

    May 01, 2017

    Originally proposed in 1774 and intended as an on-site location to grow healing medicinal plants to be eaten or brewed into tea, the Physic Garden was finally built in 1976 — and now offers therapeutic benefits in a less direct fashion, as green spaces continue to emerge as a potential tool to improve population-level health in urban settings.

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    Crowdsourcing for CPR

    February 24, 2017

    The chance of a bystander stepping in to perform CPR on someone who goes into cardiac arrest out in public hovers around 40 percent. In Philadelphia, the numbers are far worse. Nonprofits like the American Heart Association are working hard to help turn that around with more CPR outreach, training, and better technological approaches. Yes, there’s an app for it.

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    Can Big Data Help Cancer Patients Avoid ER Visits?

    January 27, 2017

    What if doctors could look into a crystal ball and predict which of their patients might be at risk of getting sick enough to go to the emergency room—and use that prediction to help patients get treatment more quickly, with a greater chance of returning home? For at least one group of patients, that’s exactly what researchers at Penn Medicine are trying to do.

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