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.
A series about the cold, hard numbers behind some of our most common ED practices
Does it help to use prophylactic antibiotics during management of gastrointestinal bleeding in cirrhotic patients?
There is still a marked disparity between the number of women in
emergency medicine and the percentage of female leaders. This is
damaging both to female physicians and to the specialty as a whole.
Last month, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg cut the proverbial
ribbon on a plan aimed at combatting opioid prescription drug abuse in
the big apple. The guidelines, which will be rolled out in all 11 of the
City’s public hospitals, state that the emergency departments will not
prescribe long-acting opioid painkillers; can only prescribe up to a
three-day supply of opioids
When people learn I work in the emergency department they usually ask,
“How do you do it?” Or they say, “Wow, I bet you see a lot of crazy
things.” My answer aloud: “It’s never dull.” My answer in my head: “You
have no idea.”
Last month EPM published an article that expounded on the benefits of
Twitter in the realm of medical education. In this new, ongoing series,
we’ll explore pearls of medical wisdom that have come through the
Twitterverse, in the hopes of fleshing out this under-utilized tool.
As part of a new series on the maturing of the emergency physician
career, EPM’s Fitzgerald Alcindor sat down with EP-turned-administrator
Barry Rosenthal, chairman of EM at Winthrop University Hospital in
Mineola, New York.