Access to certain things in the home, whether it be firearms or medication, can be dangerous for someone at risk of suicide. Now researchers with the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus, have created a free tool to help address the issue.
We see it in television dramas all the time—a patient in cardiac arrest is rushed into the ER after a severe traumatic injury or medical emergency, with a staff of medical professionals frantically performing CPR. Tension is high and doctors have to figure out how to save the person's life. Beyond the theatrics of primetime drama, the field of medicine has been making major strides to reverse cardiac arrest and death.
In 2019, nearly 31,000 people have died due to gun violence. Suicide by firearm represents nearly two-thirds of those deaths. As an emergency physician at CU Anschutz, Emmy Betz, MD, sees multiple patients with suicidal thoughts on every ER shift. “It’s a huge part of my job,” Betz said. “Sometimes I have to stop being a doctor and just be a person, to let people know I’m glad they came in and that tomorrow will be better.”
Gun owners and Second Amendment supporters aren’t just saying “no” to new gun control laws. They’re also coming up with new ideas that respect the Constitution and tackle issues like suicide and violent crime.
The explosion of big data promises potential breakthroughs in disease treatments, but, just as in the development of new drugs, scientists and clinicians must exercise caution in how they apply algorithms and other technologies, according to a CU Anschutz panel of experts.
In two new studies, researchers tried to dig deeper into a puzzling pattern that has been seen in past research: Women are less likely than men to receive bystander CPR if they go into cardiac arrest in a public place.
Join Dan (@drusyniak) &Howard (@heshiegreshie) as they chat with Dr. Vik Bebarta and learn about cyanide infused bacon, hydrogen sulfide, detergent suicide, military teletoxicology and the variety of antidotes and therapies to make you well.
Although computerized speech recognition (SR) may lighten physicians' documentation load, a new study published online July 6 in JAMA Network Open calls into question the accuracy of this time-saving software. The data reveal an error rate of more than seven words per 100 in unedited SR-generated documents, including clinically significant errors in one of every 250 words that could affect care.
By 2050 as many as 12 million people with dementia may live in homes with guns -- a fact that is prompting doctors, researchers and family members to ask how potential tragedies can be prevented. John Yang reports.
In 2015, 97.5 million people in the United States used prescription pain relievers.1 That’s 36.4% of the population. Of those, 12.5 million misused the medication and 33,091 died from an overdose.2 Emergency physicians see the impact of the opioid crisis every day.
Lt. Col. Vik Bebarta, who served as a military doctor in Afghanistan, Iraq and Jordan has treated troops exposed to chemical weapons. He's now at the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus researching an antidote to chemical exposure.