Experts: At best, snakebite kits don’t work; at worst, they delay care (Dr. Mazda Shirazi)

Mar 27, 2015

Cronkite News
Thursday, 3/26/2015
TUCSON – For those heading into rattlesnake territory, a snakebite kit – often featuring an illustration of a viper ready to strike – may seem to offer a measure of safety. But experts say treating a bite by cutting tissue, using a suction cup in hopes of drawing out venom with the blood and tying a cord in hopes of keeping the venom out of the lymphatic system can do more harm than good. F. Mazda Shirazi, a University of Arizona associate professor and medical director at the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, said people who use snakebite kits sometimes wind up seeking medical attention too late. Read the whole story and see the video.

UA Emergency Medicine Resident Participating in World’s Largest Startup Business Accelerator

Mar 24, 2015

Triomi, a mobile electrocardiogram (EKG) system, developed by UA Emergency Medicine resident Sean Murphy, MD, and his best friend from college, was one of 10 innovative startup companies chosen from across the country that focuses on mobile health.

Progesterone Offers No Significant Benefit after Traumatic Brain Injury

Mar 4, 2015

Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix were among 49 trauma centers that participated in the NIH study ProTECT III (Progesterone for Traumatic Brain Injury, Experimental Clinical Treatment).

Dr. Farshad Shirazi - Toddler's Reaction to Meth Mistaken for Scorpion Sting

Feb 13, 2015

Doctors who admitted a 17-month-old girl to the hospital in Arizona thought her tremors and other symptoms were due to a scorpion sting. Only later did they realize the real cause of her condition was that she'd consumed methamphetamines, according to a new report of her case.

The young girl in the case recovered and was discharged from the hospital a week later. Dr. Farshad Shirazi of University of Arizona College of Medicine, was one of the doctors who treated the child and a co-author of the case report.

Dr. Charles Cairns Promoted to Interim Dean of UA College of Medicine – Tucson

Feb 12, 2015

Dr. Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia appoints accomplished physician scientist to leadership post as Arizona Health Sciences Center continues its exciting, upward trajectory.

Dr. Dan Spaite's Lecture on Continuous Chest Compressions Put Into Action, Saves Life

Feb 11, 2015

Driver revived after suffering heart attack at the wheel

Nogales International, Feb. 9, 2015

A Rio Rico man who suffered a heart attack while driving this weekend was rescued by local firefighters who had just finished a Minimally Interrupted Cardiac Resuscitation (MICR) course taught by our own Dan Spaite, MD, Base Hospital medical director. The rescue was featured in a Nogales International newspaper article.

The Base Hospital Programs at University and South Campuses provide annual training to EMS providers on pre-hospital procedures that increase patient survival. "This was such a rewarding moment, to have just completed the MICR lecture when the call came in," said Mary Ann Matter, RN, base hospital service line manager. "When the Rio Rico and Tubac crews returned to the training center, they were STOKED about the call and how great it was to have a ‘save.’" EMS providers from Rio Rico, Tubac, Nogales, Arivaca, Patagonia Lake State Park, Sonoita-Elgin, Helmet Peak and Pascua Pueblo attended the Saturday training, hosted by the Rio Rico Fire District. Read more.

Dr. Bentley Bobrow Joins Department of Emergency Medicine at UA College of Medicine – Tucson

Feb 5, 2015

Bentley J. Bobrow, MD, FACEP, FAHA, internationally recognized for his contributions to the field of resuscitation science and emergency medical care, has joined the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson as distinguished professor. He also will join Daniel Spaite, MD, as co-director of EMS research and associate director of the Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center - Phoenix. Read more.

Dr. Ben Bobrow Arizona Republic interview on bystander CPR: "Key to Saving Life is In Your Hands"

Jan 15, 2015

Cardiac arrest — when the heart completely stops beating — is a major public health problem. It occurs approximately 400,000 times annually in the United States and accounts for one out of five natural deaths. Bobrow, also medical director for the Arizona Department of Health Services' Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, answered some common questions about "hands-only" CPR. Read more.

AEMRC Offers Courses During Emergency Preparedness Week Feb. 23-26

Jan 12, 2015

Emergency preparedness courses presented by the Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center