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Emergency Medicine

Assessing Appropriate Use of Vascular Access Devices | Feature

The Michigan Appropriateness Guide to Intravenous Catheters has been developed to help clinicians appropriately select vascular access devices. These efforts are important to limiting the risk of complications in critically-ill patients.

CME/CE: Guideline Update for Heart Failure Treatment | Feature

Experts in cardiology have updated a major guideline to reflect the addition of new types of drug options for heart failure (HF). With treatments for patients with HF expanding, there appears to be more hope than ever before for these individuals.

Doctor and Patient Relationships: Empathy & Litigation | Feature

Research has shown that emergency physicians (EPs) with better interpersonal skills and who spend more time with patients appear to have fewer malpractice claims filed against them.

The Overuse of NSAIDs | Feature

Research suggests that despite widespread use, NSAIDs appear to be associated with several side effects when misused or overused that may make use of these medications dangerous in certain populations and in combination with other drugs.

#PWChat Recap: Defensive Medicine & Related Costs | Feature

The Physician’s Weekly #PWChat series continued last night with an energetic discussion focusing on defensive medicine and related costs. It was co-hosted by Jeff Segal, MD, JD,

The Paradigm Shifts Needed in Healthcare | Medical Blog

There’s a lot wrong with healthcare today. Especially the medications they have now a days and all the side effects. Just like the prescription xarelto, check out

Defining Operative Emergency General Surgery | Feature

A national study has found that the vast majority of all operative volume, complications, deaths, and costs associated with emergency general surgery are attributable to seven procedures. The findings may help hospitals focus prevention efforts and quality improvement initiatives.

Rate of Medication Errors Resulting in Serious Medical Outcomes Rising | News Brief

Researchers advise parents to keep medication logs and store all medications up, away, and out of sight.

Managing Risk Associated with Contaminated Heater-Cooler Devices Used in Cardiac Surgery | Feature

Between 2010 and 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received 32 Medical Device Reports of patient infections associated with heater-cooler devices and 25 of these cases were reported during 2015 alone.

Malaria Drug Protects Fetuses from Zika Infection | News Brief

Devastating consequences of Zika virus infection are suffered in the womb, where the virus can cause brain damage and sometimes death. Studying pregnant mice, researchers at Washington

Making the Case for Suicide Screening in Emergency Departments | Feature

Universal suicide risk screening in the ED appears to be feasible and may increase the detection of people at risk, according to a study. EDs are encouraged to tailor suicide screening protocols to their available resources in order to optimize outcomes.

Follow-Up & Drug Adherence After Acute Myocardial Infarction | Feature

Older patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) appear to have poorer adherence to their post-discharge medication regimens if they go longer periods of time before being followed up. Delaying outpatient follow-up after AMI may worsen outcomes for this patient group.

Analyzing Emergency Department Mortality Trends | News Brief

While many analyses have explored trends in ED use throughout the U.S., few have looked at ED-specific mortality trends.

Sex Bias in Surgical Research | Feature

A comprehensive analysis has found that sex bias appears to exist in human surgical clinical research. This disparity must be addressed in order to improve evidence-based medicine.

Identifying Elder Abuse in the Emergency Department | Feature

Elder abuse is increasingly common among patients presenting to the ED. Developing screening protocols and using a multidisciplinary team-based approach may improve the detection and care of elder abuse in EDs.

Reducing Opioid-Related Visits | Feature

Unintentional overdose involving opioids has become a leading cause of injury-related death in the United States. “Notwithstanding, several interventions promoted to address opioid-related morbidity and mortality, but

#PWChat – The Specialists’ Stranglehold on Medicine | Feature

Dr. Jamie Koufman will co-host a #PWChat TwitterChat/TweetChat with PW on August 16 at 9:00pm ET on what she believes to be one of the biggest factors affecting healthcare costs in the U.S.

CME/CE – ED Return Visits: Examining Outcomes & Costs | Feature

Patients initially discharged after ED visits and subsequently hospitalized during a return visit to the ED appear to have lower in-hospital mortality, ICU admission rates, and in-hospital costs but have longer lengths of stay when compared with those who were hospitalized and did not return to the ED..

Assessing Oral Anticoagulant Prescription for Atrial fibrillation | Feature

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia, affecting nearly 25% of people aged 40 and older, and its prevalence in the United States is projected to increase to about 5.6 million Americans by 2050.

CME/CE – Conference Highlights: ACC 2017 | Feature

New research was presented at ACC 2017, the annual scientific sessions of the American College of Cardiology, from March 17 to 19 in Washington, DC. The features below highlight some of the studies presented at the conference.

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