Emergency Trauma

  • Understanding SSTI admission, treatment crucial to reducing disease burden

    on January 12th, 2017
    FROM HOSPITAL PRACTICE Decreasing the burden of treating skin and soft tissue infections is critical to improving care and reducing the costs that SSTIs place on health care facilities, according to a study published in Hospital Practice. “Despite expert panel recommendations and treatment guideli[...]
  • Early procalcitonin testing reduced ICU costs for sepsis patients

    on January 12th, 2017
    FROM CHEST Procalcitonin (PCT) testing on the first day of ICU admission for adult patients with sepsis is associated with reduced length of stay, less antibiotic exposure, and reduced hospital and pharmacy costs, Robert A. Balk, MD, and his associates reported. The researchers analyzed data on more[...]
  • Lab values poor surrogate for detecting pediatric Rocky Mountain spotted fever in children

    on January 10th, 2017
    FROM PEDIATRIC DERMATOLOGY The three fatalities observed in a retrospective analysis of six cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) in children were associated with either a delayed diagnosis pending laboratory findings or delayed antirickettsia treatment. “The fact that all fatal cases died [...]
  • High levels of flu activity in 10 U.S. states

    on January 9th, 2017
    The 2016-2017 flu season shifted into high gear at the end of calendar year 2016, as four states were reported to be at the highest level of flu activity and six others were close behind, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For the week ending Dec. 31, 2016, Georgia, New Jer[...]
  • Law & Medicine: How case law shapes EMTALA

    on January 6th, 2017
    (This is the second installment of a three-part series.) Question: Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) litigation has yielded which of the following rules of law? A. The statute is applicable only when a patient is physically in the hospital’s emergency department (ED). B. Directing[...]
  • Law & Medicine: How case law shapes EMTALA

    on January 6th, 2017
    (This is the second installment of a three-part series.) Question: Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) litigation has yielded which of the following rules of law? A. The statute is applicable only when a patient is physically in the hospital’s emergency department (ED). B. Directing[...]
  • Personality disorders on the acute care unit

    on January 6th, 2017
    We all know these patients: The young man who, when his name shows up on the ED board, everyone lets out a little groan, knowing his hospital stay will be long and tumultuous. The middle-aged woman who seems to do want your care and attention and yet rebuffs your attempts to help her, meanwhile, mak[...]
  • Guidelines for diagnosing TB in adults, children

    on January 6th, 2017
    FROM CLINICAL INFECTIOUS DISEASES A Clinical Practice Guideline for diagnosing pulmonary, extrapulmonary, and latent tuberculosis in adults and children has been released jointly by the American Thoracic Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Infectious Diseases Society of [...]
  • Myth of the Month: CT scan before lumbar puncture in suspected meningitis?

    on January 4th, 2017
    A 28-year-old male presents to the emergency department with fever and severe headache. He has had a fever for 24 hours. Headache began that morning. On exam, he has marked nuchal rigidity, with a temperature of 103.5° F. He is fully oriented and has a nonfocal neurologic examination. What would yo[...]
  • Hypothermia does not provide neuroprotection during convulsive status epilepticus

    on January 4th, 2017
    FROM NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE Adding hypothermia therapy to standard care for convulsive status epilepticus is not neuroprotective, according to a report published online Dec. 22 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Small-animal studies recently reported that therapeutic hypothermia had an[...]
  • Latest CDC data: Opioid deaths still rising

    on December 19th, 2016
    FROM MMWR Opioid-related deaths continue to rise in the United States, with a 16% increase between 2014 and 2015 driven largely by overdoses of illegally manufactured fentanyl and heroin, according to a report released Dec. 16 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC investigators anal[...]
  • FDA bans powdered gloves

    on December 16th, 2016
    The Food and Drug Administration has banned powdered gloves for use in health care settings, citing “numerous risks to patients and health care workers.” The ban extends to gloves currently in commercial distribution and in the hands of the ultimate user, meaning powdered gloves will have to be [...]
  • Child, adolescent autism patients visiting EDs in higher numbers

    on December 15th, 2016
    EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM AACAP 2016 NEW YORK (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Emergency departments are seeing more pediatric and adolescent patients with autism spectrum disorder, and are struggling to meet their needs, experts say. At the annual meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psyc[...]
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