The Business of EM
Whistleblower cases see massive payouts, with more litigation pending
Let’s just not be guilty of breaking the windows while throwing rocks at each other
Highlights from the AMA House of Delegates annual meeting
It’s getting harder for me to wake up every day excited to go to work in the ED
Pediatric exposures are up, but adverse effects are low
A 2-year-old child is brought to the ED on a cold December evening by frantic parents one hour after swallowing several mistletoe berries at home. The parents had placed the mistletoe plant over the door entryway secured by a piece of scotch tape. During a large family holiday gathering, the mistletoe fell to the floor causing the curious toddler to ingest several of the scattered berries.
When kids present with lacerations, we have choices as to how to stitch them up. This journal club reviews the literature on the appropriate selection of sutures in children, and pits tissue adhesive head-to-head against adhesive strips.
Don’t look now, but that gentle lapping at your toes is the first hint of the “silver tsunami” coming soon to an emergency department near you. Of the 313 million people currently living in the United States, 12% are over the age of 65 years, and one million are over 100 years old. More sobering, as of January 1, 2011, the first baby boomers started to qualify for Medicare.
For those of you who may have missed the most recent press release from the CDC on August 14th, the incidence of the potentially deadly West Nile Virus is back with a vengeance.
Think you know everything about the lowly abscess? Think again. New research suggests you might want to use ultrasound before you lance, and suture before you pack.