Health Information

Non-Traumatic Emergencies

  • Asthma

    Asthma is a long-term disease of the airways of the lung. The airways become sensitive to triggers (allergens and irritants).

  • Insect Stings

    Detailed information on bee sting and other insect stings, including symptoms and treatment

  • For Parents: Bicycle, In-Line Skating, Skateboard, and Scooter Safety

    Detailed information on bicycle, in-line skating, skateboarding, and scooter safety

  • Animal Bites and Rabies

    Detailed information on animal bites and rabies, including symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention

  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

    Carbon monoxide poisoning is a life-threatening emergency that occurs when carbon monoxide (CO) fumes are inhaled.

  • Cat Scratch Disease

    Cat scratches and bites can cause cat scratch disease, a bacterial infection carried in cat saliva. The bacteria are passed from a cat to a human after the cat licks its paws then scratches human skin.

  • Household Safety Checklist

    Use this list as part of a thorough safety check of your home. It can help prevent accidents and injuries.

  • Chemical Poisoning

    Detailed information on chemical poisoning

  • Choking and the Heimlich Maneuver

    Detailed information on choking, choking prevention, and the Heimlick maneuver

  • Potential Emergency Situations and Conditions

    Detailed information on potential emergency situations and conditions, including animal bites, rabies, cat scratch disease, appendicitis, asthma attack, chest pain, heart attack, dehydration, heat stroke, fever, food allergy, food-drug interaction, frostb

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

    Detailed information on cpr, including how to become properly trained in cpr

  • Dehydration and Heat Stroke

    Dehydration and heat stroke are two very common heat-related diseases that can be life-threatening if left untreated.

  • Emergency Information Form

    In an emergency, it is easy to "forget" even the most well-known information. That's why it is crucial for you to complete the information in this form for each member of your household.

  • Older Adults: Preventing Falls

    Every year, millions of adults fall, leading to injuries and emergency room visits. Many of these falls and injuries can be prevented.

  • Fever

    A fever is a body temperature that is higher than normal. It usually means there is an abnormal process occurring in the body.

  • Fire Safety

    Detailed information on fire and burn safety

  • Firearms Safety

    Detailed information on firearm safety and prevention

  • First-Aid Kit

    Detailed list of recommended items for a household first-aid kit

  • Fleas, Mites, and Chiggers

    Detailed information on flea, mite, and chiggers bites

  • Food Allergies

    Detailed information on food allergy, including food intolerance and food allergy symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Food-Drug Interactions

    A food-drug interaction can occur when the food you eat affects the ingredients in a medication you are taking, preventing the medicine from working the way it should.

  • Food Poisoning

    Food poisoning (foodborne illness) is caused by bacteria or viruses found in food. Food poisoning symptoms often look like stomach flu (gastroenteritis). Many people with a mild case think they have stomach flu or a virus.

  • Frostbite

    Detailed information on frostbite, including symptoms and what to do if frostbite occurs.

  • Gallstones

    Gallstones are lumps of solid material that form in your gallbladder. They are made when the digestive juice called bile gets hard and stone-like. Gallstones can be as small as a grain of sand or as big as a golf ball. Your gallbladder may form 1 large stone, hundreds of tiny stones, or both sizes at the same time.

  • Hypothermia

    Hypothermia is an abnormally low body temperature brought on by staying in cold temperatures for a long period of time. This lowered body temperature affects the brain, thus affecting a person's ability to think clearly or move well.

  • Childhood Immunizations

    Your little one will need several immunization shots to help protect her from several childhood diseases, some of which can be deadly. Knowing which shots she needs, when, and what to do in the event of a minor reaction is important.

  • Home Page - Non-Traumatic Emergencies

    Detailed information on potential emergency situations and conditions, including animal bites, rabies, cat scratch disease, appendicitis, asthma attack, chest pain, heart attack, dehydration, heat stroke, fever, food allergy, food-drug interaction, frostb

  • Insect Bites

    Detailed information on insect bites, including bee stings, flea bites, mite bites, chigger bites, spider bites, tick bites, and lyme disease

  • Lead Poisoning

    Detailed information on lead poisoning

  • Ticks and Lyme Disease

    Lyme disease is an infection caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. This spiral shaped bacterium is most commonly spread by a tick bite.

  • Online Resources - Nontraumatic Emergencies

    List of online resources to find additional information on nontraumatic emergencies

  • Poisons Overview

    Detailed information on poisoning, preventing poisoning and how to respond in an emergency

  • Poisons

    Detailed information on poisoning, preventing poisoning and how to respond in an emergency

  • Preventing Unintentional Injuries

    Detailed information on preventing unintentional injuries

  • Preventing Unintentional Injuries Overview

    Detailed information on preventing unintentional injuries

  • Car Safety

    Detailed information on car safety

  • Topic Index - Non-Traumatic Emergencies

    Detailed information on potential emergency situations and conditions, including animal bites, rabies, cat scratch disease, appendicitis, asthma attack, chest pain, heart attack, dehydration, heat stroke, fever, food allergy, food-drug interaction, frostb

  • Snake Bites

    Detailed information on snake bites, including symptoms of a poisonous bite and treatment

  • Spider Bites

    Detailed information on spider bites, including symptoms and treatment

  • Sports Safety

    Because children's bodies are still growing and their coordination is still developing, children are more susceptible than adults to sports injuries.

  • Sun Safety

    Detailed information on sun safety

  • Vital Signs (Body Temperature, Pulse Rate, Respiration Rate, Blood Pressure)

    Vital signs are useful in detecting or monitoring medical problems. Vital signs can be measured in a medical setting, at home, at the site of a medical emergency, or elsewhere.

  • Water Safety for Parents

    Here you will find preventive steps to protect children from drowning in homes, pools, and open waters, such as lakes, rivers, and oceans

  • When to Call For Help

    Detailed information on when to call for help in an emergency situation

  • Mushroom Poisoning in Children

    Mushroom poisoning happens when a child eats a mushroom that has poisons (toxins).

  • Appendicitis

    Appendicitis is a medical emergency that happens when your appendix becomes sore, swollen, and diseased.

  • Treatment for Human Bites

    Human bite wounds are more likely to become infected than dog or cat bites. A doctor should check any human bite that breaks the skin.

  • Influenza (Flu)

    Influenza, or flu, is an easily spread respiratory tract infection. It is caused by a virus.

  • Heart Attack

    A heart attack occurs when the blood supply is cut off from the heart muscle, usually because of a blood clot. Without blood and oxygen, the muscle cells are damaged and die.

  • Stroke

    A stroke, or brain attack, happens when blood flow to your brain is stopped. It is an emergency situation.

  • Hyperbaric Therapy for CO Poisoning and Decompression Sickness

    Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has helped heal a variety of illnesses. Over the years, research has shown that it can treat many conditions that involve oxygen-starved tissue.

  • Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infection

    A necrotizing soft tissue infection causes patches of tissue to die. It is a very serious and life-threatening condition requiring immediate medical care.