Emergency departments have a unique role in public health. They care for a disproportionate number of patients who lack access to care in other venues. Emergency departments also can play a role in decreasing vaccine hesitancy, providing information to patients on the vaccine, answering their questions, and correcting misinformation when it is present.
Part I of this article reviewed nonpenetrating ocular trauma that presents a severe threat to vision. Part II will discuss potential vision threats of nonpenetrating ocular trauma, including burns, corneal abrasions, corneal foreign bodies, and hyphemas.
Agitation is a common presentation to the emergency department worldwide, as either the chief complaint or as a component of another medical problem. Agitation may be a manifestation of behavioral and mental health issues, have an organic medical or traumatic etiology, or be a result of substance abuse or withdrawal.
Given the growing use of direct oral anticoagulants, particularly in the elderly population, it is important as an emergency physician to be well versed on the methods of emergent reversal of these agents in the bleeding patient.
Stroke is a common problem, affecting nearly 800,000 people annually in the United States and serving as a leading cause of significant long-term disability. This article begins with a brief discussion of stroke epidemiology and then provides an overview of the various stroke mechanisms, setting a framework for which to consider etiology-specific stroke management.
Most acute wounds will heal with good topical care. However, some wounds, especially chronic ones occurring in impaired hosts, are more problematic. To properly manage these types of wounds and optimize healing, there should be an evidence-based approach to wound care in the emergency department.