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Opinion Article

Comparing Where TAVR is Performed

Comparing Where TAVR is Performed | Opinion Article

Transcatheter aortic-valve replacement (TAVR) procedures were initially developed to be a fully percutaneous alternative to open surgical replacement. As these procedures have been approved globally, regulators and expert consensus documents have required getting approval from the heart team, which consists of an interventional cardiologist and cardiac surgeon and several other team members, before a transcatheter approach can be considered.…

Managing Dysuria, Chlamydia, & UTIs in EDs

Managing Dysuria, Chlamydia, & UTIs in EDs | Opinion Article

Chlamydia is among the most prevalent sexually transmitted infections in the United States, with more than 1.4 million cases being reported in 2012. “Most chlamydia cases are asymptomatic, but the infection can also present with dysuria and may resemble urinary tract infections (UTIs),” explains James W.…

Patient Factors in Bariatric Surgery | Opinion Article

Gastric bypass surgery and laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding are two commonly performed bariatric procedures in the United States, but each has different profiles for risk and effectiveness. Few studies have explored the factors that might lead patients to proceed with one procedure over another.…

Telehealth Coping for Patients With COPD

Telehealth Coping for Patients With COPD | Opinion Article

Evidence shows that COPD is an increasingly important public health problem with increased rates of morbidity and mortality among those with the disease, when compared with the general population. “Patients with COPD tend to have a lower quality of life (QOL) due to their disease-related symptoms,” says Michael Durheim, MD.…

Charge Awareness & Pediatric Appendectomy

Charge Awareness & Pediatric Appendectomy | Opinion Article

Consumers can typically compare prices before making purchases for most industries in the United States, but the same is not necessarily true in healthcare, a sector of the economy that accounts for more than 17% percent of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product.…

ED Closures & Nearby Hospital Mortality Risk

ED Closures & Nearby Hospital Mortality Risk | Opinion Article

According to current estimates, the annual number of ED visits in the United States increased by 51% between 1996 and 2009. During that time, the number of EDs nationwide decreased by 6%. “Throughout the country, ED closures are placing significant strains on emergency healthcare because they decrease access to care,” says Charles Liu.…

Psychiatric Care Inaccessible

Psychiatric Care Inaccessible | Opinion Article

Recent estimates show that fewer than 40% of Americans who suffer from mental illness—or about 11 million people—get the psychiatric care they need, and access to psychiatrists has been identified as part of the problem. In an issue of Psychiatric Services, J.…

Team Approach Benefits ED Residents

Team Approach Benefits ED Residents | Opinion Article

Emergency medicine (EM) faculty physicians are often challenged to develop clinical experiences that meet patients’ needs as well as trainees’ educational requirements during residency. EM residency programs need to take full advantage of the limited amount of time they have to teach physicians-in-training.…

Anesthesia-Related Injuries & Mortality

Anesthesia-Related Injuries & Mortality | Opinion Article

There have been significant improvements in patient safety with the administration of anesthesia, and research has shown there has been a decline in anesthesia-related deaths. However, some studies suggest that patterns of anesthesia-related injuries are evolving. “While these events are infrequent, it’s important to understand the mechanisms of these injuries in order to improve outcomes,” says Darrell Ranum, JD, CPHRM.…

Managing CKD in Patients With HIV

Managing CKD in Patients With HIV | Opinion Article

Studies indicate that up to one-third of people with HIV has abnormal kidney function. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) in this patient population increases morbidity and mortality risks, making it imperative to recognize CKD early and diagnose its underlying causes. Recently, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) published an update to its 2005 guideline for the management of CKD in patients with HIV in Clinical Infectious Diseases.…

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