October 1, 2012
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Mass shooting in Colorado: Practice drills, disaster preparations key to successful emergency responsePeople understand that natural disasters like floods, hurricanes, or tornadoes are going to happen every year. That's why EDs across the country routinely conduct practice drills so that they have plans in place to deal with mass-casualty events.
The Joint Commission and the FDA take steps to curb adverse events related to the use and misuse of opioid drugsNoting that opioid analgesics are among the drugs most often associated with adverse drug events, the Joint Commission has issued a Sentinel Alert, urging hospitals to step up their efforts to prevent complications and deaths from use of these powerful drugs.
While the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta has been calling on EDs to routinely test patients for HIV since 2006, the practice is hardly widespread.