Providing care in a bleeding emergency

Bleeding emergencies can be frightening, even for experience personnel. Bleeding is caused by an internal or external vascular injury. Uncontrolled bleeding can rapidly lead to shock and death. Although the blood is distracting, always remember that maintaining the airway, breathing, and circulation are your top priorities.

Use of PET imaging tests on the rise

From 1999 to 2006, the amount of positron emission tomography (PET) tests for elderly cancer patients increased by more than one-third each year, with scans for Medicare patients growing by an annual average of 39.5% to 53.6% (depending on the cancer type), according to a Duke University study.