For some patients, there exists certain health disparities — “preventable differences in the burden of disease, injury, violence, or in opportunities to achieve optimal health experienced by socially disadvantaged racial, ethnic, and other population groups, and communities,” as defined by the CDC. Case managers are in a unique position to address these challenges as they serve as a more concrete bridge between healthcare and the patient.
Drugs of abuse are commonly encountered in the trauma setting. Patient care may be affected by acute intoxication and chronic use of these substances. Central nervous system depressants can result in coma and respiratory depression in severe toxicity. The authors discuss common presentations, potential complications, and management of central nervous system depressants in the context of a trauma patient.
Physicians, nurses, and other healthcare workers who treated patients during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic may experience post-traumatic stress disorder or similar aftereffects that could threaten patient safety and quality of care if not adequately addressed, according to experts who study the lasting effects of trauma.