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A Tumble, Thunk: How Serious is the Child’s Injury?

A Tumble, Thunk: How Serious is the Child’s Injury?

When a child wipes out while snowboarding or falls down a flight of stairs, paramedics quickly make triage decisions on site, including where to send the child for treatment. A Rochester team is studying thousands of these scenarios to learn the best practices at the scene, and what circumstances predict the need for a trauma center.

Preparing for “Silver Tsunami” in ERs

Preparing for “Silver Tsunami” in ERs

Already strained and overcrowded, emergency departments are gearing up for a dramatic rise in the older-adult population. A makeover is needed, positioning emergency units as the “front porch” of the hospital instead of the “front door,” writes Manish Shah, M.D., M.P.H., co-author of a paper in Health Affairs.

Can Your Personality Predict How Often You Visit the Emergency Room?

Can Your Personality Predict How Often You Visit the Emergency Room?

The answer is yes, according to a new study out today in the Milbank Quarterly.  In fact, where older adults rank in the “big five” personality traits correlates to how frequently they use a range of additional expensive health services such as hospital stays, hospital-based rehabilitation, and skilled nursing home care.