A 49-year-old clinically intoxicated male patient presented to the
emergency department (ED) after suffering an assault. Upon initial
presentation, he was noted to have a complex upper lip laceration and
significant jaw pain suspicious for mandible fracture. During the
course of his evaluation, the patient suddenly leapt from the bed and
assaulted a medic.
Emergency physicians (EPs) often presume that critically ill patients
presenting to the emergency department (ED) are in need of
life-sustaining interventions. At the end of life (EOL), many patients
are caught between the need for our expertise and assistance and the
desire to avoid invasive procedures.
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In the second of two installments, emergency medicine elder statesmen Ricardo Martinez and Lynn Massingale continue their discussion on the changing role of hospitals and the future of Accountable Care Organizations.
If that coughing and wheezing febrile premee is a boy he is at greater risk for a bad outcome due to his prenatal testosterone causing a delay in his lung maturity. If the patient with afib is a woman, she is at higher risk to stroke out and her stroke is more likely to be hemorrhagic. In addition, she is at a greater risk for developing both a prolonged Qtc from certain anti-arrhythmics, and for digoxin toxicity plus she will require smaller amounts of warfarin to become therapeutic.
EP Monthly has highlighted the issue of practice heterogeneity over the
last four years, but the universe of emergency medicine has largerly
resisted efforts to admit and address this problem. Why? Do we not
believe it to be true? Do we assume that it is unavoidable?
As the director of a single-coverage community ED with about 22,000
visits a year and about 20% admissions, I’ve been fortunate to be left
alone by the administration. The nursing director and I – along with a
team of scribes, advance practice clinicians and staff, have largely
been free to do whatever we could to improve throughput in the ED.
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 March edition of Emergency Physicians Monthly. Questions about the test? Talk back on Twitter @epmonthly.
on the black pavement are freshly released as the cool rain drizzles
upon it. Typical morning rush hour traffic as drivers vie for position.
She slams on her brakes to avoid a passing car. At 55 mph, her sedan
spins out of control. Miraculously avoiding other vehicles, the sedan
comes to a stop by sideswiping the median. The driver, Mary S.,
unbuckles her restraints and runs from the vehicle. One case presentation. Two distinct courses of action. You judge which is right.
Dr. Wayne Barry had a heart attack this year and was forced to leave the
practice of emergency medicine. A few months later he had retooled his
trajectory and was enjoying life more than he ever could have imagined.