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A trapped mountaineer survived after enduring 16 frigid hours wedged in a crevasse on Denali (Mount McKinley) in Alaska. His long and difficult rescue in frigid conditions and care in the critical aftermath are examined in the current issue of the Wilderness Medical Society’s official journal, Wilderness & Environmental Medicine, published by Elsevier.
An innovative virtual reality (VR) training tool – developed by UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Department of Emergency Medicine in partnership with UT Dallas – could soon play a major role in helping physicians recognize and respond to potentially violent patient encounters.
UC San Diego School of Medicine study shows cannabis-related emergency department visits among older adults are on the rise with high risk for adverse effects of cannabis use for ages 65 and older.
In cancer patients with neutropenic fever, delaying antibiotic treatment past 60 minutes from the time of fever detection does not reduce the short-term chance of survival, according to a study in the American Journal of Medical Quality. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.
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Every day across America, hundreds of children and teens with depression, anxiety, autism and other conditions end up in their local hospital’s emergency department because of a mental or behavioral health crisis. And 12 hours later, 1 in 5 of them will still be in the ED, a study finds. Another 12 hours after that – a full day after they arrived – 1 in 13 of them will still be in the ED.
The holidays are an exciting and busy time of year. Whether you’re traveling, hosting or attending a gathering, or just cozying up at home, the holidays are filled with potential hazards that could ruin your holiday cheer.
Worries about what emergency care might cost them have kept some older adults from seeking medical attention even when they felt they might need it, a new study shows. In all, 22% of older adults who may have needed care from the emergency department didn’t go because of concerns about what they might have to pay.
Patients in the Emergency Room (ER) should be blood-tested for hazardous drinking rather than evaluated by questionnaires alone, according to a new study comparing alcohol use screening methods. A sizeable minority of patients attend the ER for alcohol-related reasons (12–15% in the UK). That proportion is growing, a US study has found. The ER offers valuable opportunities to identify hazardous drinking and intervene with treatments that can help patients reduce their alcohol use. This requires efficiently and reliably screening ER patients for risky consumption. Validated methods include the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) — and its shorter version, AUDIT-C —which are among the most frequently used screening questionnaires. Another, the Timeline Followback Questionnaire (TLFB), is a retrospective self-administered survey estimating daily alcohol consumption over a specific prior period. In contrast, phosphatidylethanol (PEth), a metabolite of ethanol, is a direct and
A study by Penn State College of Medicine researchers found that nearby hospitals see increased emergency department visits and admissions as a result of rural hospital closures.
UC San Diego Health has been awarded the prestigious 2022 California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems Quality Leaders Award in the category of health equity.
Clinicians at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University launch an initiative encouraging animal hospitals to rethink the use of intravenous fluid in hospitalized patients
Unique program keeps patients with less severe conditions out of the Emergency Department, saving them time and money
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Patients undergoing abdominal surgery for ostomy placement have high rates of hospital readmissions and emergency department visits – often involving ostomy-related complications, reports a study in the November/December issue of the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing, the official journal of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses (WOCN®) Society.
Sam Torbati, MD, co-chair and medical director of the Cedars-Sinai Ruth and Harry Roman Emergency Department, has been named the Levin-Gordon Chair in Emergency Medicine in Honor of Joel M. Geiderman, MD.
Bert Mandelbaum, MD, medical director of the FIFA Medical Center of Excellence, Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute, and associate chief medical officer of Major League Soccer, has been providing medical care to the U.S men’s national soccer team for nearly three decades.
A benzodiazepine is the first-line treatment of choice for status epilepticus. Despite guidelines from 2012 and 2016 thta recommend medication types, doses, and means of administration, benzodiazepines are often underdosed, or not given at all.
Investigators found that there is a marked lack of diversity in the mannikins depicted by public social media accounts of organizations that administer cardiopulmonary (CPR) education. Less than 10% represented Black or Asian individuals and none represented pregnant women.
As a parent, your number one goal is keeping your child safe and healthy. When is it time to head to the emergency department (ED)—and when is it best to call your child’s doctor, or go to an urgent care center?If it's not an emergency, calling your pediatrician or going to urgent care are the best ways to address a variety of medical concerns.
A Rutgers New Jersey Poison Control Center expert discusses how children and adults can reduce risks of poisoning
A new study found that about 45% of patients who visit the emergency department for physical injuries and ailments also have mental health and substance use problems that are often overlooked.
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner rooms are special areas set aside for victims of sexual assault so that they can bypass the triage area of the public Emergency Department and get the care they need in the most comfortable atmosphere possible. Two Penn State Health nurses trained in treating victims share what patients can expect.
The Department of Emergency Medicine has been awarded two National Institutes of Health grants totaling over $5 million to improve patient care. They include an effort to better evaluate pediatric trauma patients and another to identify effective treatments early in emergency care.
Fifty-five percent of CareConnect’s patients with opioid use disorder had an active prescription for treatment a month after first engaging with the program
A study led by Christopher Marrero, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, reports that the net loss for treating acute firearm injuries at one Level I Trauma Center was $20.3 million over a four-year period.
In the fall of 2019 — before the onset of COVID-19 — emergency departments in Illinois experienced a spike in visits from youth ages 5 to 19 with suicidal thoughts or ideas, according to a new study from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. There was an additional surge in these types of visits during the pandemic, the study found.
n intervention that teaches patients in addiction treatment how to better connect with their primary care medical team on both mental and physical health concerns resulted in long-term benefits over 5 years, including more primary care use and fewer substance-related emergency department visits, Kaiser Permanente researchers have found.
A new Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute study found when patients are treated in the Emergency Department by non-physician practitioners (physicians assistants and nurse practitioners), there were 5.3% more imaging studies performed than if patients were seen only by physicians. This JAMA Network Open study was based on a nationally representative sample of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries with 16,922,274 ED visits between 2005 and 2020.
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Dr. Thomas Spiegel has been appointed Chief Quality Officer and Dr. Ira Blumen named Interim Chief for the Section of Emergency Medicine at UChicago Medicine.
Text messages sent automatically from patients’ primary care office after hospitalization were tied to decreased odds of needing further emergency care
In 2021, the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) held a consensus conference, From Bedside to Policy: Advancing Social Emergency Medicine and Population Health, which included identifying priority areas for future research and implementation science related to race, racism and antiracism in emergency medicine (EM).
A multidisciplinary effort to improve care for older patients who arrive at the emergency room with a hip fracture has decreased the time before they have surgery, shortened hospital stays, and resulted in better follow-up care
Invitation for emergency medicine symposium
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Telehealth follow-up consultations following an emergency department visit were associated with 28 more repeat ED encounters and nearly 11 more return hospital admissions per 1000 patients compared with in-person follow-ups,
Emergence delirium — a confused state during recovery from anesthesia that may include disorientation, hallucination, restlessness and purposeless hyperactivity — does not affect a child’s behavior three months after surgery, according to research being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2022 annual meeting.
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An increasing number of people are seeking emergency medical help for sexual assault, according to a new study.
Yvette Calderon, MD, MS, Chair of Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel and Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). Election to the NAM is considered one of the highest honors in health and medicine, recognizing individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. With her election, Mount Sinai has 26 faculty members in the NAM.
A systematic review of 42 academic research articles has found that the risk-benefit balance of using opioids to treat musculoskeletal pain in the emergency department (ED) setting remains unclear. The review is published in Annals of Internal Medicine.
In a survey of emergency department staff from across Europe, only around half said their hospital has a policy in place to help staff identify children who are being neglected or abused.
October 9th kicked off the National Fire Protection Association's 100th annual Fire Prevention Week. This year's campaign, “Fire won't wait. Plan your escape," aims to raise awareness around how individuals can keep themselves safe in the event of a fire. In time for this long-running observance, we looked at ways the CSU is working to protect its students, faculty, staff and community in the midst of fires.
Despite decades of effort to change emergency care at American hospitals and cope with ever-growing numbers of patient visits, the system is showing increasing signs of severe strain, according to two new studies of patients leaving without being seen or waiting in emergency department for hours for a hospital bed.
Was it something you ate? A Penn State Health expert talks about food-borne illnesses – the symptoms and when you should seek help.