EPM investigates why starting salaries for women emergency physicians appear to be nearly $13,000 lower than male counterparts.
Emergency physicians may be the “jack of all trades” but we are the
kings and queens of conflict management. If we define conflict as the
simple mismatch between two parties’ expectations, EPs start holding
court before we have even buttoned up our white coats.
Every shift, emergency physicians care for patients they don’t know in a
time-pressured and overcrowded environment. Given that the majority of
patients in the emergency department have non-life-threatening
conditions, physicians are easily lulled into a false sense that the
patient laying before them has a benign condition.
EHR drug-drug interaction warnings may ultimately save lives, but does
the collateral damage of “alert fatigue” negate the benefit?
It is hard to think of anything that is more iconic in the practice of
emergency medicine than the Sellick Maneuver: application of cricoid
pressure to prevent aspiration during intubation and to improve
EPs share first-hand accounts of train wrecks, close calls & potentially-disastrous errors
Intubation has unique educational challenges because of severe time
restrictions and patient risk. Repetitive practice cannot be done on the
same patient to separate and examine the components of the procedure in
real time. As a result, most clinicians improve their skills slowly,
through cumulated experience of trial and error. Intubation should
involve a planned strategy to achieve first pass success, prevent
hypoxemia and avoid aspiration. This article highlights two of the most
common errors of direct laryngoscopy, and how to avoid them.
Recent retail clinic comparison studies highlight the need for EDs to take a hard look at patient value and sub-par service.
EPM executive editor Mark Plaster sat down with emergency medicine
opinion leaders and informaticists for a candid discussion about the
future of electronic medical records (EMR) featuring Rick Bukata, MD;
Bruce Janiak, MD & Nicholas Genes, MD, PhD
Cramped airline seats might be putting you at more risk than you
realize. Luckily, there are evidence-based strategies for safer travels.