Novel Bedside Procedure Improves Tracheostomy Outcomes
Nurse-driven initiative led to zero incidents of tracheostomy medical device-related pressure injuries for three years.
Instituting Pediatric Readiness Standards Saves Lives
Emergency departments that fully adopted national guidelines reported lower mortality rates.
Promote Safety Helmet Use Among Children
The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages precautionary measures to prevent sports-related head injuries.
Update on Pediatric Concussions
The authors provide a current summary of the best practices for diagnosis and management of pediatric concussions.
Evaluation and Management of Burn Injuries
Although burn injuries are seen less frequently then they used to be, it is still critical for the acute care provider to stay current on best practices for the care of the burn patient. The authors provide an update on the evaluation and management of burn injuries.
Acute Trauma Care in the Era of SARS-CoV-2
COVID-19 has affected every aspect of medical care. The authors discuss modifications of trauma care to protect both patients and providers.
Humans increasingly invade the environments of venomous creatures. The authors provide a review of venomous creatures and what acute care providers need to manage the patients affected by them.
Approaches to the Hemorrhaging Pediatric Trauma Patient
Clinicians might be surprised to learn that after central nervous system injury, hemorrhage/hemorrhagic shock is the second most common injury complex resulting in death for pediatric trauma patients. A thorough understanding of subtle presentations and management is essential to improve the outcome for these children.
Drugs of Abuse in Trauma Patients Part II: Central Nervous System DepressantsDrugs of abuse are commonly encountered in the trauma setting. Patient care may be affected by acute intoxication and chronic use of these substances. Central nervous system depressants can result in coma and respiratory depression in severe toxicity. The authors discuss common presentations, potential complications, and management of central nervous system depressants in the context of a trauma patient.
Stimulant-Based Drugs of Abuse in the Trauma PatientSubstance abuse is a major healthcare issue with effects on all aspects of patient care, including trauma. A large percentage of trauma patients have a positive drug screen, and acute and chronic abuse have impacts both on the acute and long-term management of these patients. This report is the first of a two-part series and focuses on stimulants and substances with sympathomimetic properties, with particular attention to the impact on the trauma patient.