Emergency Medicine

One-Third of Older Adults Die After Emergency Intubation

One-Third of Older Adults Die After Emergency Intubation

Twenty-four percent of adults aged 65 years who undergo intubation in ED are discharged home.

47 Percent of Emergency Doctors Have Been Assaulted at Work

47 Percent of Emergency Doctors Have Been Assaulted at Work

More than three-quarters of physicians believe that violence in the ED has harmed patient care.

Community Paramedicine: Bridging the Gap

Community Paramedicine: Bridging the Gap

Community paramedics are trained within the standard paramedic education model and then complete program-dependent training with a goal of decreasing unnecessary hospital readmissions and improving overall patient care.

Discharge Directly From ICU Not Linked to Increased Health Care Use or Mortality

Discharge Directly From ICU Not Linked to Increased Health Care Use or Mortality

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Patient discharge directly home from intensive care compared with discharge from a hospital ward was not associated with increased healthcare resource use or mortality.

NP and PA Scope of Practice Vary Greatly in US Emergency Departments

NP and PA Scope of Practice Vary Greatly in US Emergency Departments

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Stark differences exist in EDs across the United States with regard to scope of practice, expectations, team dynamics, and training requirements for PAs and NPs.

Early Hospital Readmissions More Preventable Than Late Readmissions

Early Hospital Readmissions More Preventable Than Late Readmissions

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Can the length of time after hospital discharge influence readmission preventability among general medicine patients?

Many avoidable emergency department visits include mental health and dental conditions

Many avoidable emergency department visits include mental health and dental conditions

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A significant number of avoidable visits to the emergency department are related to mental health and dental conditions.

Idarucizumab reverses anticoagulant effect of dabigatran in emergency situations

Idarucizumab reverses anticoagulant effect of dabigatran in emergency situations

Researchers found that idarucizumab is effective for dabigatran reversal among patients with uncontrolled bleeding and who are undergoing urgent surgery.

Hospital revisits after discharge from observation increase among elderly

Hospital revisits after discharge from observation increase among elderly

Increases were observed in repeat observation stays and any hospital revisit for seniors between 2006 and 2011.

Patients routinely overcharged in US emergency departments

Patients routinely overcharged in US emergency departments

Researchers say that minorities and uninsured patients are the most affected.

The House's healthcare bill: Trumpcare or "Chumpcare"?

The House's healthcare bill: Trumpcare or "Chumpcare"?

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Public opinion polls support the views of professional organizations, with 60% of Americans opposing the new American Health Care Act, 31% supporting it, and 9% undecided.

Tips for adjusting to the night shift

Tips for adjusting to the night shift

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Working through the night and sleeping during the day can be a difficult adjustment.

Marathon races linked to delayed emergency care and higher mortality in nonparticipants

Marathon races linked to delayed emergency care and higher mortality in nonparticipants

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Road closures may create delays in emergency care for nonparticipants with acute medical conditions who live close to marathon routes.

Peroxide ingestion as a "natural cure" can be fatal

Peroxide ingestion as a "natural cure" can be fatal

Symptomatic high-concentration peroxide exposures had a high incidence of associated embolic events.

Death rate high in elderly within 7 days of discharge from emergency department

Death rate high in elderly within 7 days of discharge from emergency department

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More than 10,000 Medicare beneficiaries die each year within 7 days of being discharged from emergency departments.

Team-based medicine, freeway style

Team-based medicine, freeway style

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Citizen responders assess and comfort patients in the aftermath of a car accident.

How long is long enough? Taking time off after an illness

How long is long enough? Taking time off after an illness

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Different illnesses require that patients stay home from school or work for different lengths of time.

Making appointments for emergency department visits

Making appointments for emergency department visits

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As the volume of patients in emergency departments across the country rise, more EDs are experimenting with appointment reservation systems.

Summertime blues

Summertime blues

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Sunburn, mosquito bites, and fireworks all present dangerous hazards during the summer months.

Chest pain in ER patients rarely life threatening

Chest pain in ER patients rarely life threatening

Only 5.5% of ER patients are diagnosed with 1 of 6 life threatening conditions.

Naloxone coprescription reduces opioid-related ER visits

Naloxone coprescription reduces opioid-related ER visits

Patients on opioids for chronic pain who were coprescribed naloxone had 47% fewer opioid-related ER visits.

Intensive blood pressure reduction offers no added benefit in stroke outcomes

Intensive blood pressure reduction offers no added benefit in stroke outcomes

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For patients with intracerebral hemorrhage, intensive blood pressure reduction has similar outcomes compared with standard treatment.

Overcrowding in the emergency department

Overcrowding in the emergency department

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Emergency department clinicians are faced with a number of challenges as ED's become more crowded.

Aspirin significantly reduces the risk for secondary stroke

Aspirin significantly reduces the risk for secondary stroke

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Aspirin significantly reduces the risk of a recurrent stroke 6 weeks after a transient ischemic attack or minor stroke.

Short-term STICU patients often admitted for brief ventilator management

Short-term STICU patients often admitted for brief ventilator management

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Almost one-quarter of patients admitted to the STICU short term are there for <4 hours of ventilator management.

Survival unimproved with deferred second defibrillation

Survival unimproved with deferred second defibrillation

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Deferred defibrillation was not associated with improved survival.

Brief resolved unexplained events in lower-risk infants: a clinical practice guideline

Brief resolved unexplained events in lower-risk infants: a clinical practice guideline

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The American Academy of Pediatrics has proposed a new term—brief resolved unexplained events—and has released guidelines for management.

Nonurgent patients routinely receive urgent care in emergency departments

Nonurgent patients routinely receive urgent care in emergency departments

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Triage practices in EDs are essential to providing patient care.

Conjunctivitis confusion: are we overtreating pink eye?

Conjunctivitis confusion: are we overtreating pink eye?

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Identifying the type of conjunctivitis that a patient has is the key to identifying the most effective course of action.

Recognizing victims of domestic violence

Recognizing victims of domestic violence

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Clinicians should trust their intuition when a patient's injuries don't match up with their story.

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