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Texas official after Harvey: The ‘Red Cross was not there’

Texas official after Harvey: The ‘Red Cross was not there’

The Red Cross’ anemic response to Hurricane Harvey left officials in several Texas counties seething, emails obtained by ProPublica show. In some cases, the Red Cross simply failed to show up as it promised it would.

October 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
How hurricane responders track people whose lives depend on power

How hurricane responders track people whose lives depend on power

Power outages can be life-threatening for people who rely on home medical devices. State and local emergency responders are increasingly using databases to locate residents with special medical needs.

October 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
5 tips on how to prepare for a disaster on a budget

5 tips on how to prepare for a disaster on a budget

Whenever I think about emergency preparedness, it sounds like a lot of work and a lot of money. When money is tight, it’s hard to make emergency preparedness a priority. Since it is National Preparedness Month, I decided to find ways to help save money while preparing for an emergency.

September 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
5 Free Apps to Conquer Your Emergency Preparedness Procrastination

5 Free Apps to Conquer Your Emergency Preparedness Procrastination

If you’re like me, you’ve been reading the coverage of the hurricanes and feeling like you should do something to be prepared for disasters. Here are five apps that helped me prepare, plus a bonus app to help kids start to understand emergency preparedness.

September 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Stressed Caregivers: The ‘Pop Drop’ Phenomenon

Stressed Caregivers: The ‘Pop Drop’ Phenomenon

Emergency room staff call it a “pop drop” — when a disabled older person comes in for medical attention, but it also seems as if the at-home caregiver who brought the patient there is simply seeking a break.

September 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Flooding from Hurricane Harvey causes a host of public health concerns

Flooding from Hurricane Harvey causes a host of public health concerns

Raw sewage, dead bodies in the water and release of dangerous chemicals into the floodwaters could lead to the spread of disease through contact with contaminated water and to infection through open wounds.

September 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Elder Abuse: ERs learn how to protect a vulnerable population

Elder Abuse: ERs learn how to protect a vulnerable population

Abuse often leads to depression and medical problems in older patients — even death within a year of an abusive incident. Identifying victims and intervening poses challenges for doctors and nurses.

August 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Interactive medical drones: No longer science fiction

Interactive medical drones: No longer science fiction

By combining the two technologies, drones and telemedicine, a medical supplies could be flown into a disaster area and doctor miles away could instruct a layman at the scene in how to provide rudimentary, but perhaps life-saving, medical care.

June 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Beware of snake bites, warns Washington Poison Center

Beware of snake bites, warns Washington Poison Center

While the vast majority of snakes found in Washington are harmless, the Western rattlesnake is capable of delivering a venomous bite. These species are typically limited to regions east of the Cascade Mountains, but may cross over to other regions.

May 31, 2017 | By | Reply More
Influx of elderly patients forces ER to practice comfort care

Influx of elderly patients forces ER to practice comfort care

As the nation’s elderly population swells, more older Americans are visiting the emergency room, which can be an overcrowded, disorienting and even traumatic place. One survey found 1 in 6 visits to the ER were made by an older patient, a proportion that’s expected to rise as baby boomers age.

May 26, 2017 | By | Reply More