Epilepsy affects about 50 million people worldwide and is responsible for up to 0.5% of the global burden of disease. Although many people learn to handle their epilepsy at home, patients often are brought to the emergency department if they have a seizure in public or it is their first seizure.
It is hard to dispute the fact that prior authorization requirements place a heavy burden on both patients and providers. Yet the number of services and medications requiring auths continues to increase. Read on to learn about several trends.
This article will review psychosis within myriad differentials and discuss the potential workup and medication options for the management of these patients to help equip the emergency provider with the tools necessary to care for this unique population.
A random-effects network meta-analysis demonstrated comparable reductions in systolic blood pressure among normotensive and hypertensive participants using either antihypertensive medication or exercise interventions.
Procedural sedation and analgesia (PSA) is performed in the emergency department (ED) to alleviate anxiety, decrease pain, and provide amnesia to patients undergoing painful procedures or diagnostic imaging.This article will review guidelines for performing PSA in the ED, including suggested training, preprocedural assessment, and intraprocedural monitoring.
New research indicates that for Texas providers and patients, the 2016 Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new labeling for the abortion drug mifepristone increased access options and brought the proportion of medication abortions in the state into alignment with national data.
Although the formal diagnosis of depression seldom is made in the emergency department (ED), emergency clinicians must understand the nature of depression and be prepared to deal with its complications, including suicidality and the toxicity of many antidepressant medications.
As part of a randomized treatment trial for medication-overuse headache, a simple protocol that provided early advice on stopping excessive medications was effective in one-third of patients, even before any prophylactic medications were started.