Emergency Medicine

Reducing Exacerbations in COPD | Feature

COPD exacerbations increase morbidity and mortality and have a significant impact on patients, but having an action plan can prevent these events and reduce the burden of the disease.

ED Crowding: The Impact on Child Asthma Care | Feature

New data show that ED crowding appears to be linked to decreased timeliness and effectiveness of care for children with acute asthma. Efforts to incentivize better preventive management for asthma in this patient population are needed.

Procalcitonin: A Biomarker for Early Sepsis Intervention | Opinion Article

Sepsis is a potentially fatal condition that strikes an estimated 750,000 people each year in the United States. Defined as the body’s reaction to infection (whether bacterial,

Dental Visits to the Emergency Room on the Rise | Medical Blog

While many of our skyrocketing healthcare costs are due to unnecessary emergencydepartment (ED) visits, a new report by the Pew Center has found that dental visits are contributing to

Chronic Pain: Analyzing the Public Health Burden | Feature

Chronic pain continues to be undermanaged, but following key principles, adhering to guidelines, and being cautious with pain medication prescriptions may help decrease the disease burden.

Preventing Falls in the Elderly: Updated Guidelines | Opinion Article

Falls are one of the most common health problems experienced by older adults and are a common cause of loss of functional independence. Studies show that unintended

Addressing the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis | Opinion Article

Antibiotics have saved millions of lives and improved the outcomes for many patients, but the effectiveness of these agents is at risk. There have been many advances in the fight against infections, but the risk of antibiotic resistance is increasingly problematic.

Surprise Findings: Satisfied Patients Pay More, Die Sooner | Medical Blog

Unexpected findings from a new study published in Archives of Internal Medicine found that higher patient satisfaction, while associated with less emergency department use, was also associated

The Need for Ensuring Medication Continuity | Feature

Patients discharged from the hospital have an elevated risk of discontinuing their long-term medications for chronic diseases, according to new study data. Systematic approaches to transitions are needed in healthcare to ensure medication continuity.

Internists Cite Wasteful Medical Screenings | Medical Blog

The overuse of some screening and diagnostic tests that fail to provide high-value, cost-conscious care plays an important role in the rising healthcare costs in the United

Caring for Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries | Feature

The focus on TBIs among high school, college, and professional athletes has brought attention to new research showing the residual effects that remain in some patients with mild TBI. A new clinical guideline on caring for patients with mild TBI promotes evidence-based practices across the continuum of care.

Assessing Options for Pneumonia Hospitalizations | Feature

Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) affects approximately 4 million patients in the United States each year. Around 20% of these patients are admitted to hospitals for treatment. In patients

Combating the Physician Shortage | Opinion Article

The Association of American Medical Colleges estimates that we will face a shortage of up to 150,000 doctors in the United States about 15 years from now.

The Growing Problem of Drug-Related Suicide Attempts in Men | Feature

Research from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shows that the number of ED visits for drug-related suicide attempts by males increased by more than half during a 5-year span.

Guidelines for Cerebral Venous Thrombosis | Opinion Article

Cerebral venous thrombosis is caused by clots in the dural sinuses and/or cortical veins, and it accounts for 0.5% to 1.0% of all strokes. It disproportionally affects

Managing Pediatric Septic Shock | Opinion Article

Septic shock has historically been a significant problem in the pediatric population. The incidence of pediatric septic shock is highest among children with special healthcare needs, a growing group of patients in our society.

Making the Communication-Quality Care Link | Feature

There are several actions that clinicians can take to increase the effectiveness of their current communications system within the emergency department.

A Quality Improvement Strategy to Reduce Infection Rates | Opinion Article

An estimated 80,000 patients each year experience catheter-related bloodstream infections during treatment in hospitals. The Keystone ICU Project utilizes a checklist for healthcare providers to follow when placing catheters to reduce the occurence of these infections.

Statins Improve Brain Injury Survival Rates by 76% | Medical Blog

Patients taking cholesterol-lowering statins when admitted to the hospital for a brain injury are 76% more likely to survive than those who are not taking the drugs,

Bacteria Contaminates 60% of Hospital Uniforms | Medical Blog

More than 60% of uniforms worn by hospital nurses and doctors tested positive for potentially dangerous bacteria according to a study published this month in the American

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