If plaintiffs allege they received poor care in an emergency department (ED) because of their race, there is plenty of potentially admissible research that demonstrates it is indeed possible. People of Black or Latin American descent coming to the ED with cardiac symptoms were less likely to be admitted to specialized cardiology units than white patients, according to the authors of a study.
Few questions are of greater concern to emergency health personnel these days than how they can protect themselves from COVID-19. It is an issue loaded with nuance. Much depends on such factors as how someone works in the emergency department, what procedures they perform, what specific practices they use when performing those procedures, and how often they are exposed.
Hospital clinicians are using creative strategies and producing their own equipment to meet the outsized demands of treating patients during the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America reports.
A dramatic dip in emergency department volume has been a concern for hospital providers across the country. People experiencing stroke, heart attack, and other serious symptoms have been avoiding hospitals, fearing coronavirus, according to reports. How can a nurse case manager calm fears in new patients? In Nashville, one nurse practitioner has been on the front lines with this situation.
In October 2019, Bergen New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus, NJ, began using telemedicine to check in with patients who are discharged from the emergency department and ensure appropriate follow-up appointments are in place. As it turns out, the timing of its implementation was fortuitous, because the hospital has been able to quickly expand its telehealth platform to help with patients who might have contracted COVID-19.
Opioid therapy can be an effective form of pain management in the ED for acute painful conditions. The risk of addiction and abuse should be considered in every case. Alternatives to opioid therapy include systemic agents, such as acetaminophen, NSAIDs, lidocaine, alpha agonists, anticonvulsants, ketamine, corticosteroids, and local and regional anesthesia.