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Cardiometabolic Multi-Morbidity & Mortality

Mortality rates per 1,000 person-years appear to be similar among patients with diabetes (15.6), stroke (16.1), or myocardial infarction (16.8), according to a large study. The mortality rate per 1,000 person-years was 32.0 for...

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Analyzing 10-Year ASCVD Risk Thresholds

Study results suggest that the current 10-year atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) risk threshold (7.5%) used in the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association cholesterol treatment guidelines appears...

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Predicting Septic Shock

Among ED patients with sepsis who progress to septic shock between 4 and 48 hours of arrival, special consideration should be given to those with certain characteristics, according to a study. Predictors included: Female gender...

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Trends in Advanced CT Use in the ED

Advanced radiography use in the ED appears to have increased since 2007 in injured patients despite a decreasing diagnostic yield for non-head CTs, according to a study. Head CT use increased from 9.6% in 2007 to 11.6% in 2010,...

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ED Crowding & Quality of Care

Results of a systematic review indicate that three simple crowding measures appear to be linked to quality of care. Of 15 crowding measures with links to quality of care, the three most frequently linked were: Number of patients...

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ED Revisit Rates & Costs

Study investigators suggest that revisits following an index ED encounter appear to be more frequent than previously reported, due in part to many revisits occurring outside the index institution. Among adults in six states with...

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Costs of Emergency Vs Elective Surgery

Study investigators estimate that even a modest reduction in the proportion of emergency procedures performed for three conditions could save nearly $1 billion over 10 years in the United States. Adjusted average cost...

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Comparing Appendiceal Abscess Approaches

Laparoscopic surgery appears to be safe and feasible as a first-line treatment for appendiceal abscesses when performed by experienced surgeons, according to a study. Readmission rates were 3% for patients who underwent...

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