Boarding admitted patients in the ED is as bad for patient care as it is
for the hospital’s bottom line. So why aren’t more CEOs bringing this
pervasive problem to an end?
Never before have the cold, hard numbers behind emergency medicine been more accessible. Know how to access the data that will help your department anticipate new challenges.
EPM’s Ricardo Martinez sits down with healthcare economist Dr. Mark McClellan to discuss the future of medical homes and the evolving role of emergency medicine.
Emergency Physicians Monthly has teamed up with the board prep pros at Rosh Review to bring you a mini board review, so that you can test yourself on a regular basis and track your progress. The following is the test – and answers – from the June edition of Emergency Physicians Monthly. Questions about the test? Talk back on Twitter @epmonthly.
How many times have you evaluated acute, non-traumatic, monoarticular
arthritis while contemplating the risks and benefits of arthrocentesis
to rule-out septic arthritis? What about ruling-in a crystalloid
arthritis like gout?
Q: Does administering aspirin in the acute stages of ischemic stroke reduce death and disability?
Q: Does administration of thrombolytic agents for acute ischemic stroke patients reduce morbidity and mortality?
You’ve taken care of this sort of patient countless times: A 65-year-old
is brought to the emergency department after suffering a slip and fall
and gets a small goose egg on the her forehead. She wasn’t knocked out,
it wasn’t syncope, and the rest of her exam is completely normal except
for an irregularly irregular rhythm.
Congratulations! You’ve completed your emergency medicine residency and
you’re ready to finally start your life – less stress, more time and
more money. Sounds nice, right?
Beginning in July, 2013, Dr. Judith Tintinalli will begin serving as
Editor-in-Chief of Emergency Physicians Monthly. Dr. Tintinalli takes
over for Dr. Kevin Klauer, who had served as EPM's editor-in-chief since
Many medical providers look at conflicts of interest (COI) as murky
situations that other, less scrupulous physicians get themselves into.
But unless you practice medicine in a cave, you’ve probably experienced
some degree of conflict in your professional life. It is unrealistic to
think that one aspect of your career will never collide with another.