ChatGPT Provides Solid Responses to Virtual Medical Questions
Artificial intelligence tool provided empathetic, quality answers to online queries, which could help clinicians save time on electronic health record documentation work.
Legal Exposure for EDs if On-Call Consultant Refuses to See Patient
There are multiple tactics to secure a consult, even if a specialist is busy. However, if a bad outcome occurs because there was no consult, clinicians should not play the blame game.
Challenges in Accessing Resources Lead to ED Psychiatry Consults
Difficulty identifying the “right” level of care for patients, understanding how insurance plays a major role in post-ED care options, and needing help with the operational process of making referrals to outside treatment facilities all are administrative and bureaucratic headaches with which clinicians could use assistance.
Congressional Report Details the Role Healthcare Systems Play in the Climate Change Battle
Various industry players weigh in on progress so far and what is yet to come.
ED Visit Is Teachable Moment on Stroke Care
Researchers provided an ED-based educational intervention to 100 Black patients at an urban facility, including video, brochure, and verbal counseling. After, participants were much more likely to demonstrate confidence in the ability to recognize stroke symptoms in themselves or others and were more likely to feel confident about calling 911 in the case of stroke warning signs.
Updated Abdominal Pain Guidelines Close Knowledge Gap
Without clear guidelines, patients could undergo unnecessary testing (or not receive tests they need), which could lead to misdiagnoses — or worse.
Admissibility of ED Recordings Depends on Multiple Factors
Even if the patient recorded the entire discharge instructions, relevant discussions might have happened throughout the visit. The defense can challenge the admissibility based on that argument, but the ruling could go either way.
Emergency Providers Uneasy About Recording Visits
Clinicians might need more information, such as specifics on who would record the discharge instructions, whether it would be recorded on the patient’s personal smartphone, and what safeguards could be required to ensure patient privacy. Combined with possible involvement of the hospital’s legal department, this might make providers more comfortable with the idea.
Many Charge Nurses Receive Little, if Any, Training
Charge nurses are responsible for patient flow, moving them from the waiting room to appropriate disposition. To be effective, these nurses must understand the clinical conditions of the patients in the waiting room. This informs good decision-making on which patients to bring in, in collaboration with the triage nurse, and which nurses to assign those patients.
Misconceptions About Homelessness Put Patients, EDs at Risk
Engage these patients in care plans the same as anyone else. Ensure the patient understands the treatment plan, and can carry it out if discharged.