LOS ANGELES – When emergency physicians order advanced imaging, they may suspect the study is medically unnecessary some of the time but are motivated by fear of missing a diagnosis or being sued, according to a new study.
WINSTON-SALEM, NC – One of the challenges when patients present to the emergency department with acute chest pain is determining which patients can be sent home safely and which need to be kept for more intensive care.
ERIE, PA – Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) increasingly are how seriously ill patients document their choices related to end-of-life care. The problem, according to a pair of new studies, is that emergency physicians as well as prehospital care providers demonstrate “significant confusion” when confronted with one.
BOSTON – If a white patient shows up at your emergency department during the weekend, complains of back pain and ask for medications by name, you have good reason to suspect “doctor shopping” for opioids and other controlled substances.
LOS ANGELES – Traumatic injuries, even relatively mild ones such as rib fractures, are much more complicated when they involve elderly patients, with the potential for pneumonia, higher complexity pain management and mobility issues, according to a new study.
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Administering the anticoagulant fondaparinux was linked with a lower risk of major bleeding events and death -- both in the hospital and after six months – in patients with non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) compared to use of low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH).