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Emergency Medicine - Adult and Pediatric



  • Emergency Nurse Criminally Charged for Diverting Pain Medications

    There are specific malpractice risks for EDs in this situation. Risks for patients include inadequate pain relief and infectious disease transmission. There also are patient safety issues related to receiving care from an impaired provider. For leaders, there are processes to put in place that can help them identify patterns or trends indicating potential diversion.

  • When ED Is Packed, Keep Patients Moving with Triage Hallway, Dedicated Staff

    Since Pull to Infinity was implemented in June 2022, the average time it takes to see a provider in the ED has dropped from 22 minutes to seven minutes. This, despite continually expanding volumes. The average patient arrival-to-discharge time has improved to 175 minutes, down seven minutes. Also, the leave-without-being-seen rate declined from 3.5% last year to 1.6% in the first four months of 2023.

  • Skin and Soft Tissue Infections

    Skin and soft tissue infections represent a large portion of infections treated in the emergency department. Early diagnosis and treatment of severe infections decrease morbidity and mortality in addition to healthcare costs. It is important for the emergency provider to understand the pathophysiology associated with the development of these infections and the recommendations for the specific treatment based on clinical presentation.

  • Reversal of Oral Anticoagulation in the Emergency Department

    This review will describe the physiological components of the clotting cascade, highlight common anticoagulant agents in use, and discuss means of oral anticoagulation reversal.

  • Preparing for Fresh Concerns of Poliovirus and Acute Flaccid Myelitis

    What will be the next health crisis? Could it be wild-type poliovirus, vaccine-derived poliovirus, or the similar condition of acute flaccid myelitis? Are you prepared to recognize and anticipate the complications? The authors prepare clinicians for the acute management of each of these conditions.

  • Emergency Providers Intervene to Prevent Suicide Attempts, Ideation

    Researchers use quality improvement concepts to help clinicians identify high-risk patients.

  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

    The clinical diagnosis of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is challenging in the emergency department. Nonetheless, making the diagnosis is important, since PID is associated with uterine and fallopian tube scarring leading to tubal factor infertility and ectopic pregnancy, as well as chronic pelvic pain. This article provides an evidence-based review of diagnostic and treatment recommendations for PID.

  • Give Actionable Incidental Findings Proper Attention

    New recommendations help health systems implement processes that will preserve patient safety. These tips aim to make it easy for providers to do right by their patients when clinicians identify actionable incidental findings.

  • Malpractice Lawsuits Allege ED Missed Intracranial Aneurysms

    Failure to image patients is a relatively frequent cause of litigation, but it should be seen in context. It is not so much incorrect interpretations of imaging studies; rather, failure to consider the possibility of an aneurysm, resulting in an inadequate workup, is a more common allegation.

  • Does a Clinical Decision Aid Constitute the Legal Standard of Care?

    Each emergency physician should undertake the appropriate medical approach to evaluating a patient, regardless of any recommended course of action. The medical record should support using the recommended path or justify another course of action.