Law enforcement requests for blood alcohol levels are legally complex for ED providers. A Supreme Court ruling states no warrant is needed to draw blood from unconscious patients suspected of driving intoxicated.
High blood pressure is the most prevalent and important risk factor for stroke, and great efforts have been made to reduce blood pressure for both primary and secondary stroke prevention. However, at this time, we do not have evidence to support a firm recommendation for optimal blood pressure management for secondary stroke prevention.
While taking blood cultures should not significantly delay needed treatment, investigators noted their data prove that cultures taken post-treatment lose nearly half the clinical information needed to make subsequent treatment decisions.
Scientists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital have published early results of an investigative blood test designed to predict which women may be at increased risk and which ones may be at lower-than-average risk for spontaneous preterm delivery. The researchers have identified circulating microparticle proteins found in blood samples taken in the first trimester of pregnancy that may provide clues about the risk of spontaneous preterm birth.
Time is of the essence in management of intracranial hemorrhage and subarachnoid hemorrhage. The longer it takes to make the diagnosis and initiate treatment, whether it is surgical intervention or simply aggressive primary stabilization, the greater the risk to the patient regarding both morbidity and mortality.