EPM presents a weekly rundown of critical reads from around the web, along with commentary by EPM senior editors. This week, we look at stories from the New York Times, ABC, and Pacific Standard about redesigned hospitals, medically ill-informed celebrity rants, and handling the night shift.

raves-2-prevDrug-fueled electronic dance festivals – like this month’s Electric Zoo in New York – shine a light on the need for advanced emergency management at mass gatherings. 

bukata-mugWhen you begin to look at blood transfusions as liquid tissue transplants, you realize that this routine procedure bears real risks and should be handled accordingly.

rural-em-prevWhen you’re practicing in the middle of nowhere, planning out a timely patient transfer can be as critical as securing an airway . . . and a lot more difficult.

DNR-prevEmergency care at the end of life is shrouded in myth and misinformation. Debunking these five fallacies will help you improve EOL care and communicate better with patients and their families.

3Glass-prevGoogle Glass has the potential to revolutionize the way we practice emergency medicine. In this article, we consider three novel uses for augmented reality in the ED.

EPM presents a weekly rundown of critical reads from around the web, along with commentary by EPM senior editors. This week, we look at stories from the New York Times Well blog, Kaiser Health News, and the CBC about the learning curve for doctors, wide variations in hospital charges for blood tests, and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

glass-prevTwo years ago, Google introduced Glass – a wearable computer that fits on your face, capable of capturing audio and video as you experience it, responding to your voice commands, and projecting information directly into an eye and ear.

Reglan-prevFor years the EP’s first choice for treating gastritis, Reglan should be used with caution if patients have Parkinson’s disease or are on antipsychotics.

salim-prevPatients with corneal abrasions typically present to the emergency department with eye pain. Even though we use topical anesthetics to facilitate the exam, most physicians discharge these patients with just oral or topical NSAIDs and antibiotics. Under this regimen, the patient’s eye pain often worsens after leaving the ED and may not substantially improve for days.

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