ACEP’s tPA Debate Goes Public
How a persistent, sometimes rancorous, debate over the use of tPA in stroke led ACEP to open a published guideline…
Connecting the Golden Hour to the Golden Years
Five reasons why the emergency department needs to become the hub of care for palliative medicine
A 54-year-old male is in the ED for a paracentesis because he states he is uninsured and has nowhere else…
The No-Interruption Zone
In the hectic ED, interruptions and distractions can cause critical errors, even death. Here are five key areas where disruptions…
Google Glass, Meet Emergency Ultrasound
As a part of a trial experiment, Teresa Wu integrates wearable technology (Google Glass) into clinical practice and medical education.…
Post-Cardiac Arrest Care
From optimizing tissue oxygen delivery to preventing hyperthermia, an in-depth look at the care of the post-arrest patient
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.