Even though age limits for purchasing emergency contraception (EC) were removed five years ago, results of a recent survey of more than 700 Texas pharmacies found that 46.5% of drugstores still have an age restriction for buying the medication, and more than 50% require a consultation before medication purchase.
Results of a new study indicate that many young women don’t know that the IUD can be used for emergency contraception or that it is effective. Researchers report that if young women needed emergency contraception, most indicated they would want to know about IUDs in addition to emergency contraceptive pills.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO2) is a treatment modality that can be used in the emergent management of a number of life-threatening conditions. This article will review the mechanisms, indications, and future directions of HBO2 specific to the field of emergency medicine.
This article provides an overview of the most frequently encountered complications associated with sickle cell disease seen in the emergency department. It will discuss recent guidelines and novel approaches to the treatment of entities such as acute chest syndrome, vaso-occlusive crisis, and stroke, as well as new treatments on the horizon.
This article provides an overview of atrial fibrillation (AF) and evidence-based guidance on controversial aspects of AF workup and management in the emergency department. The evidence is provided to help safely reduce unnecessary testing and expand the emergency provider’s management armamentarium to include electrical and pharmacologic conversion in recent-onset AF patients.
This article aims to provide acute care providers with advanced techniques in the management of opioid overdoses, including the use of naloxone, the opioid receptor antagonist, as well as harm reduction management strategies aimed at long-term risk mitigation in this vulnerable population.
Ultrasound-guided nerve blocks offer effective and safe alternatives to systemic analgesics to manage pain in the ED. This article reviews the literature supporting the use of ultrasound-guided nerve blocks in the ED and describes how to perform some of the most basic nerve blocks.