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  • Humorous radio spot informs public about other options

    This is the radio public service announcement that Baptist Memorial Health Care in Memphis, TN, uses to educate the public about alternatives to using the ED for nonurgent care.

    Question: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued guidance to surveyors on interpreting the final EMTALA rule, and one of the points stated that EMTALA no longer applies when the physician determines that no emergency exists. Does this mean that EMTALA no longer applies once the patient has been treated for the presenting emergency and that emergency no longer exists, but then another condition arises or the patient complains of something new?
  • Better cardiac monitoring boosts patient outcomes

    A new strategy for hastening treatment for heart attack victims is being tested in a mountainous California county where drive times to hospitals often are long, and the lead researcher says it could become a way for EDs to be their communitys leader in cardiac care.
  • Media campaign educates public on ED overcrowding

    Everyone talks about how the public misuses EDs and cause overcrowding, but nobody does anything about it, right? They do in Memphis, TN, where a hospital system is working to educate the public about when and when not to use the local EDs, with good results after just a few months.
  • Journal Reviews

    Underdosing of acetaminophen by parents and emergency department utilization; Multicenter study of emergency department visits for food allergies; Experience of domestic violence by women attending an inner-city accident and emergency department.
  • Case shows value of new 12-lead monitor in field

    Your ED can be significantly better prepared for cardiac patients if you receive more complete monitor data while the patient is en route to the hospital, say sources interviewed by ED Management.
  • ACEP offers materials to educate ED patients

    If you dont have thousands of dollars to educate your community about ED issues, a free resource is available.
  • Initiate account number at, or before, triage

    Irving, TX-based VHA reduced waiting times by initiating an account number at or before triage, says Jeanne McGrayne, RN, MSN, director of emergency department consulting.
  • EMTALA revisions provide clearer explanation of critical terms

    Since 1985, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) has provided patients with care regardless of their ability to pay. Horror stories of the dumping of indigent trauma patients prompted federal intervention and subsequent regulation to protect patients. It has been both a blessing and burden for emergency physicians.