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Intranasal sufentanil as good as IV morphine for emergency pain relief, study finds
In patients presenting to an emergency department with severe traumatic pain, intranasal sufentanil was as good as standard-of-care intravenous morphine for pain relief, according to a new study published this week in PLOS Medicine by Marc Blancher of Grenoble Alpes University Hospital, France, and colleagues. (2019-07-16)
Insurance linked to hospitals' decision to transfer kids with mental health emergencies
A national study by UC Davis Health researchers finds differences in the decisions to admit or transfer children with mental health emergencies based on the patients' insurance type. (2019-07-16)
Homeless people are denied basic health care, research finds
A study led by the University of Birmingham, UK, has painted a shaming picture of neglect and discrimination shown towards the homeless when accessing UK health services. (2019-07-15)
Prescribing opioids for a sprained ankle?
A new research report shows an increase in patients being prescribed opioids after experiencing an ankle sprain. (2019-07-11)
Antibiotic stewardship intervention improves prescribing for acute respiratory infection
Antibiotic stewardship interventions for acute respiratory infection (ARI) is feasible and effective and can significantly reduce overuse in the emergency department (ED) and urgent care center (UCC) settings, potentially up to one-third. (2019-07-10)
Ped EM docs at risk for developing compassion fatigue, burnout, low compassion satisfaction
Pediatric emergency medicine (PEM) physicians are at risk for developing compassion fatigue (CF), burnout (BO), and low compassion satisfaction (CS), but proactive awareness of these phenomena and their predictors may allow providers to better manage the unique challenges and emotional stressors of the pediatric ED to enhance personal well-being and professional performance. (2019-07-10)
Is caregiver depression associated with more emergency department visits by patients with dementia?
An observational study of 663 caregivers and the patients with dementia they care for suggests caregiver depression is associated with increased emergency department visits for their patients. (2019-07-08)
Are opioids being inappropriately prescribed to treat gout?
Although there are effective treatments for gout, the most common form of inflammatory arthritis, a new Arthritis Care & Research study found that opioids are commonly prescribed to patients with gout who seek treatment at emergency departments. (2019-07-03)
Physical and mental illnesses combined increase emergency department visits
People with both physical illnesses and mental disorders visit the emergency department more frequently than people with multiple physical illnesses or mental illness alone, according to a study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2019-07-02)
Gender bias alive and well in health care roles, study shows
Results of a multi-center study of patients' assumptions about health care professionals' roles based on gender show significant stereotypical bias towards males as physicians and females as nurses. (2019-07-01)
'Back to school asthma' linked to tripling in rate of health service appointments
'Back to school asthma' -- a seasonal peak in cases associated with the start of the school year in September -- is linked to a tripling in the rate of family doctor (GP) appointments across England, reveals research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. (2019-07-01)
Study highlights need for integrated healthcare for the homeless
A University of Birmingham study has found alarming evidence of severe mental health problems, substance dependence and alcohol misuse amongst homeless population. (2019-07-01)
Medically unnecessary ambulance rides soar after ACA expansion
CU Denver researcher discovered that medically unnecessary ambulance rides have drastically increased due to the expansion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). (2019-06-28)
Urinary tract and other infections may trigger different kinds of stroke
Several infections have been identified as possible stroke triggers, with urinary tract infections showing the strongest link with ischemic stroke. (2019-06-27)
Reducing overtesting in the emergency department could save millions
A new study finds there's excessive imaging testing being performed in the emergency department. (2019-06-27)
Injury more likely due to abuse when child was with male caregiver
The odds of child physical abuse vs. accidental injury increased substantially when the caregiver at the time of injury was male, according to a new study published in The Journal of Pediatrics. (2019-06-26)
Repeat ER users changed how they used ERs after gaining medicaid coverage
A new study sought to determine how the nature of visits to emergency departments (EDs) changed for previously uninsured patients who gained Medicaid insurance expansion under the ACA and who went to the ED at least once before and once after expansion. (2019-06-25)
National emergency alerts potentially vulnerable to attack
New research shows that hackers, working with limited resources, could send fake emergency alerts to cell phones in a confined area like a sports stadium. (2019-06-20)
Mobile crisis service reduces youth ER visits for behavioral health needs, says study
Children and youth with acute behavioral health needs who are seen through Connecticut's Mobile Crisis Intervention Service -- a community-based program that provides mental health interventions and services to patients 18 years and younger -- have a lower risk of experiencing a follow-up episode and are less likely to show up in an emergency room if and when another episode occurs. (2019-06-19)
New research finds increased CT use for suspected urolithiasis patients in ED
A new study performed in conjunction with the Harvey L. (2019-06-19)
New approaches cut inappropriate antibiotic use by over 30%
A UC Davis study of nine emergency departments and urgent care centers in California and Colorado found educating physicians and patients about safe antibiotic use can cut overuse by one-third. (2019-06-19)
Terminally ill who request doctors make decisions undergo more aggressive final treatments
Terminally ill patients who request that physicians make decisions on their behalf are more likely to receive aggressive treatments in the weeks before they die, according to a Rutgers study. (2019-06-18)
Study finds personal care products send a child to the emergency room every two hours
A new study conducted by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital found that 64,686 children younger than five years of age were treated in US emergency departments for injuries related to personal care products from 2002 through 2016 -- that is the equivalent of about one child every two hours. (2019-06-17)
Gender bias continues in recognition of physicians and nurses
A new study has shown that patients are significantly more likely to correctly identify male physicians and female nurses, demonstrating continuing gender bias in the health care environment. (2019-06-17)
Using data to decide when to transfer patients by medical helicopter
A Cleveland, Ohio nursing scientist is leading a study he believes will support what he says is a much-needed change in how medical helicopters are used -- especially for transfers between hospitals. (2019-06-13)
New research shows dramatic increase in Ontario teens visiting an ED for self-harm
Adolescents who intentionally harm themselves by poisoning or injuring themselves are at risk for repeated self-harm or suicide. (2019-06-11)
Canadian pediatric emergency department crowding not linked to death, serious adverse outcomes
Visiting a crowded pediatric emergency department in Canada may increase the likelihood of being hospitalized but is not linked to delayed hospitalization or death in children, according to research in CMAJ. (2019-06-10)
Mount Sinai study reports asthma control in older patients and shows lower ED visits
Mount Sinai was part of the largest clinical trial for asthma self-management support in older patients, which resulted in improved control and quality of life, and fewer emergency department visits. (2019-06-10)
Many kids with pneumonia get unnecessary antibiotics, chest X-rays
Preschool children with community-acquired pneumonia often receive unnecessary tests and treatment at outpatient clinics and emergency departments, according to a nationally representative study led by Todd Florin, M.D., MSCE, from Ann & Robert H. (2019-06-04)
Chest cavity fire during emergency cardiac surgery
At this year's Euroanaesthesia Congress (the annual meeting of the European Society of Anaesthesiology) in Vienna, Austria (1-3 June), doctors present the unique case of a man who suffered a flash fire in his chest cavity during emergency heart surgery caused by supplemental oxygen leaking from a ruptured lung. (2019-06-02)
Emergency room or doctor's office?
A new study in the journal Heliyon, published by Elsevier, examines the relationship between the way individuals perceive and respond to threats (threat sensitivity) and where they most frequently seek medical care. (2019-05-30)
Avalanche Victims: When can rewarming lead to survival?
It is difficult for doctors to accurately assess avalanche victims who arrive at hospital suffering cardiac arrest: has the patient effectively suffocated, or is there a realistic prospect of survival if the patient is properly rewarmed? (2019-05-28)
Fewer than 60% of young women diagnosed with STIs in emergency departments fill scripts
Fewer than 60% of young women diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections in the emergency department fill prescriptions for antimicrobial therapy to treat these conditions, according to a research letter published online May 28, 2019, by JAMA Pediatrics. (2019-05-28)
More isn't better when it comes to evaluating chest pain
New and more effective tests are needed to help predict heart attacks and other major cardiac events in patients with chest pain, the second most common reason for emergency department visits in the US. (2019-05-28)
Licorice tea causes hypertensive emergency in patient
Licorice tea, a popular herbal tea, is not without health risks, as a case study of a man admitted to hospital for a high-blood pressure emergency demonstrates in CMAJ. (2019-05-27)
Study finds lower ER triage scores associated with delayed antibiotics delivery for sepsis patients
in a new study, researchers at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City found that antibiotic delivery was significantly faster -- by up to 32 minutes -- for sepsis patients being treated in an emergency department if they were assigned a slightly higher score on a subjective one-to-five acuity scale commonly used for patient triage. (2019-05-22)
New study shows crowdsourced traffic data could save lives
A new University of California, Irvine-led pilot study finds, on average, Waze 'crash alerts' occur two minutes and 41 seconds prior to their corresponding California Highway Patrol (CHP)-reported crash. (2019-05-22)
Women are less likely to be resuscitated and survive a cardiac arrest than men
Women who have a cardiac arrest outside the hospital setting are less likely to receive resuscitation from bystanders and more likely to die than men, according to new research published in the European Heart Journal. (2019-05-21)
Preparing low-income communities for hurricanes begins with outreach, Rutgers study finds
Governments seeking to help their most vulnerable residents prepare for hurricanes and other disasters should create community-based information campaigns ahead of time, according to a Rutgers study of economically disadvantaged New Jerseyans in the areas hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy. (2019-05-20)
Free-standing emergency departments in Texas' big cities are not reducing congestion at hospitals
Free-standing emergency departments (EDs) in Texas' largest cities have not alleviated emergency room congestion or improved patient wait times in nearby hospitals, according to a new paper by experts at Rice University. (2019-05-20)
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