The potential is not news to anyone. Two numbers say it all: one-half
and more than three. Half the U.S. population comes to an emergency
department each year as a patient or a visitor. What researcher wouldn’t dream of access to such a
large, captive audience every year? But EPs simply don’t have the time
to take advantage of this opportunity.
Dr. Chris Carpenter speaks with Art Sanders, MD, one of the authors of
‘Chest compression-only CPR by lay rescuers and survival from
out-of-hospital cardiac arrest’ (JAMA 2010)
To survive and prosper under healthcare reform emergency medicine (EM)
must redefine and reinvent itself. EM will not be able to continue doing
business as usual, standing on the Prudent Layperson dictum that “the
patient defines the emergency.”
From the incomprehensible disaster in Cambodia to senseless injuries
during Black Friday shopping, human stampedes are a present reality in
emergency care that can be studied, predicted and ultimately avoided.
Please take a moment to fill out the following brief survey on the impact of personal conflict within the emergency department:
Year after year, the suit rate against Medical Justice members has been
well below the national average. The average doctor is sued at a rate of
8-10% per year. Medical Justice members are sued at a rate of under 2%
per year. And Medical Justice is top-heavy with high risk specialists
from high risk states. How do they do this?
I had the esteemed pleasure of consulting with the Chilean Health
authorities on the recent entrapment of the 33 Chilean miners. The
Chilean authorities asked for NASA’s help because of the space program’s
work in enclosed harsh environments. To say that the disaster was
challenging is an understatement.
One thing is clear in the current political landscape: Americans are fed
up with the status quo and they’re looking for fresh ideas. Those
frustrations laid the foundation for a historic shake-up in Congress
last November, and helped push a man named Joe Heck to a slim victory in
the House of Representatives.