Emergency Medicine

Which Conditions Top the List of 'Avoidable' Emergency Department Visits?

Which Conditions Top the List of 'Avoidable' Emergency Department Visits?

Policy initiatives to reduce these potentially avoidable emergency department visits may address the gaps in our healthcare system.

Age Restrictions for Off-Road Vehicle Use Significantly Decreases Injury Rate

Age Restrictions for Off-Road Vehicle Use Significantly Decreases Injury Rate

The rate of off-road vehicle related injuries was reduced following a law in Massachusetts restricting their use by children aged younger than 14 years and regulating their use by children up to age 18.

Ethical Conflicts Between Patient and Physician Are Common in Futility Care

Ethical Conflicts Between Patient and Physician Are Common in Futility Care

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Some physicians "may invoke futility to unilaterally withhold treatment when the treatments 'prolong the dying process'" at the bedside.

The HEART Score - How Do We Teach Old Docs New Tricks?

The HEART Score - How Do We Teach Old Docs New Tricks?

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The HEART score has again been shown to be a safe risk-stratification tool for chest pain, but it does not seem to do much for reducing hospital utilization and admissions.

Increase in ER Visits for Herpes Zoster Seen From 2006 to 2013

Increase in ER Visits for Herpes Zoster Seen From 2006 to 2013

There was an increase in the number of emergency department visits and costs for HZ-related ER visits.

AED Drones May Potentially Increase Survival Rate of Outside-Hospital Cardiac Arrests

AED Drones May Potentially Increase Survival Rate of Outside-Hospital Cardiac Arrests

Data shows that drones overwhelmingly surpassed EMS times from dispatch, as well as on arrival.

Patients Frequently Overcharged by US Emergency Departments

Patients Frequently Overcharged by US Emergency Departments

Minorities and uninsured are the most affected, researchers say.

Significant Amount of ER Physicians Unaware of Treatment Costs

Significant Amount of ER Physicians Unaware of Treatment Costs

Education concerning cost could improve efficiency and decrease costs, researchers say.

Most Patients Willing to Provide Sexual Orientation Information to Physicians

Most Patients Willing to Provide Sexual Orientation Information to Physicians

However, ER providers expected most patients to refuse to provide this information.

Police-Related Injuries Account for Roughly 50,000 ER Visits Annually

Police-Related Injuries Account for Roughly 50,000 ER Visits Annually

Substance abuse and mental illness were common among those that were injured, researchers say.

Working With Multiple Attending Physicians in the Emergency Department

Working With Multiple Attending Physicians in the Emergency Department

Working with a large number of attending physicians can be one of the biggest difficulties of being an advanced practice provider.

Physician Opioid Prescription Patterns Risk Long-Term Patient Use

Physician Opioid Prescription Patterns Risk Long-Term Patient Use

Patients are 30% more likely to abuse opioids if their ER physician prescribes them frequently.

10,000 Medicare Patient Deaths Annually Within Week of ER Discharge

10,000 Medicare Patient Deaths Annually Within Week of ER Discharge

This may be due to gaps in medical knowledge about which patients need more attention, researcher says.

Therapeutic Family Presence Essential in Acute ER Deterioration Treatment

Therapeutic Family Presence Essential in Acute ER Deterioration Treatment

Interactions of clinicians, family and patients involve interplay between presence, roles and engagement.

Sepsis Guidelines Improve Patient Outcomes in Emergency Rooms

Sepsis Guidelines Improve Patient Outcomes in Emergency Rooms

Significant reductions in time to antibiotics after implementation of guidelines in EDs.

ER Visits in Elderly Associated with Higher Long-Term Disability Risk

ER Visits in Elderly Associated with Higher Long-Term Disability Risk

Disability and the loss of agility is more likely for seniors 6 months after treatment.

Retail Health Clinics Fail to Drive Minor Health Problems from Emergency Rooms

Retail Health Clinics Fail to Drive Minor Health Problems from Emergency Rooms

Many patients still rely on the emergency department for help with minor health problems.

Major Unexpected Costs After In-Network ED Visits

Major Unexpected Costs After In-Network ED Visits

Although a hospital may be in an insurance network, the treating physician may not be.

Wait Times for Psych Patients in Emergency and Inpatient Care Growing Dramatically

Wait Times for Psych Patients in Emergency and Inpatient Care Growing Dramatically

This survey has found that nearly 1 in 5 emergency room doctors report waiting 2 to 5 days for an inpatient bed for a psychiatric patient.

Variations in State Policies Identified Regarding Freestanding ERs Nationwide

Variations in State Policies Identified Regarding Freestanding ERs Nationwide

There exists no standard requirements for location, staffing patterns nor clinical capabilities for freestanding ERs between states.

Injuries From Gun Violence Becoming Increasingly More Severe and Lethal

Injuries From Gun Violence Becoming Increasingly More Severe and Lethal

According to this study, emergency rooms are witnessing an increase in severity of injuries sustained from gun violence, as compared to other traumas.

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