This week's crop of critical reads from around the web, along with commentary by EPM senior editors. This week: West Virginia is paving the way for patients to sue doctors for their addictions. Plus, the NY Times asks: are you responsible for documenting next-of-kin?
North Carolina program has reduced the number of ED transports, but EMS reimbursement has yet to catch up to paradigm of on-scene treatment
This week's crop of critical reads from around the web, along with commentary by EPM senior editors. This week: Palliative care principles in the ED. Plus, a Canadian Children's hosptial will rate visits to educate parents on the definition of "emergency."
Why are we still engaging in unnecessary treatments that have no evidence to back them up?
While much focus is put on intubation in the ED, post-intubation ventilator management is arguably just as critical to the patient’s ultimate outcome
How to recognize and appropriately manage a dangerous snakebite
During a large-volume sepsis resuscitation, your choice of fluids – specially which crystalloid solution – could mean the difference between life, death and dialysis
...and six other ways to communicate clearly and compassionately when the end is near
10 reasons why emergency medicine shouldn’t be payment reform's scapegoat
From club drug to horse tranquilizer to adverse events, ketamine has had a notorious (occasionally mythic) past. Today, ketamine is well established as a sedative, but it turns out “Special K” could play a bigger part in the emergency physician’s arsenal.