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Emergency physicians set higher standards of education for themselves
The specialty of emergency medicine is requiring its board-certified emergency physicians, beginning in two years, to be tested annually in the latest advances and research in emergency medicine. (2002-05-30)

Low-dose ketamine may be an effective alternative to opioids
Opioids are commonly prescribed in the emergency department (ED) for the treatment of acute pain, but due to the epidemic of opioid misuse, analgesic alternatives are being explored. A new Academic Emergency Medicine analysis of relevant studies found that low-dose ketamine is as effective as opioids for the control of acute pain in the ED. (2018-07-18)

Doctors' orders lost in translation
When patients are discharged from the emergency department, their recovery depends on carefully following the doctors' instructions for their post care at home. Yet a vast majority of patients don't fully understand what they are supposed to do, and most are not even aware of the chasm in their understanding. A researcher at Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine found more than three-quarters of patients do not fully understand the care and discharge instructions they receive in the emergency department. (2008-07-17)

Trainee earns prestigious emergency medicine research award
University of Louisville Pediatric Emergency Department fellow Alyssa Turner, M.D., has been awarded the Willis Wingert Award for her platform presentation at the American Academy of Pediatrics annual meeting. Her paper, (2011-11-18)

Gender, racial, and ethnic disparities persist in academic emergency medicine
Gender, racial, and ethnic disparities, with regard to academic rank and compensation, continue to exist among academic emergency medicine physicians in spite of a move by leading organizations of emergency medicine to prioritize increasing diversity. (2017-09-26)

ER patients with substance abuse treatment need incur higher health care costs
Emergency department patients with unmet substance abuse treatment need generate much higher hospital and emergency department charges than patients without such need, according to a new study to be published Dec.20 as an advance online publication of Annals of Emergency Medicine. (2004-12-20)

Haloperidol as adjunctive therapy superior to placebo for acute gastroparesis symptoms
Haloperidol is an effective first-line agent in combination with standard analgesic and antiemetic agents for the treatment of gastroparesis in the emergency department. (2017-10-25)

Freeing up the ER for real emergencies
In their study of emergency room use at St. Paul's Hospital in downtown Vancouver, Dorothy Pope, Christopoher Fernandes, France Bouthillette and Jeremy Etherington found that 24 patients visited the emergency department 616 times during the course of one year. To help alleviate this problem, the authors devised care plans for frequent emergency room patients to be treated in the community setting. (2000-04-03)

Emergency care scheme does not tackle real problems
A new scheme designed to reduce waits in emergency departments is simply massaging the figures to meet government targets, warn senior doctors in this week's BMJ. (2003-03-06)

In ED patients with chest and abdominal pain, care delivered by physicians and APPs is si
In patients matched on complexity and acuity presenting to the emergency department with chest pain and abdominal pain, the care delivered by advanced practice providers (APPs) and emergency physicians is largely similar with respect to diagnostic test ordering and admission decisions. (2021-01-25)

US emergency departments face serious drug shortages
A new study reveals that drug shortages affecting emergency care have skyrocketed in the United States in recent years. While the prevalence of such shortages fell from 2002 to 2007; the number of shortages sharply increased by 373 percent (from 26 to 123) from 2008 to 2014. (2016-01-04)

1 in 5 civil monetary penalties due to EMTALA violations involved psychiatric emergencies
Nearly one in five civil monetary penalty settlements related to Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) violations involved psychiatric emergencies. Settlements related to psychiatric emergencies were costlier and more often associated with failure to stabilize than for nonpsychiatric emergencies. (2019-05-13)

Emergency medicine research findings to be released at ACEP scientific assembly in October
Make plans now to learn about the latest in lifesaving, emergency medicine research, at the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) 2002 Scientific Assembly Research Forum, Oct. 7-8, at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle. More than 375 live and poster presentations of cutting-edge research will be showcased during the two-day forum. (2002-08-21)

To support lactating emergency physicians, consider these strategies
A new paper highlights strategies that emergency departments can implement to support lactating emergency physicians. (2020-06-30)

Therapy dogs may help lower emergency clinicians' stress
New research published in Academic Emergency Medicine indicates that for physicians and nurses working evening shifts in the emergency department, interacting with a therapy dog for several minutes may help lower stress. (2020-04-08)

ERs can improve population health in rural areas
Emergency physicians in Michigan propose a new health care delivery model for rural populations that depends on a partnership between emergency medicine and primary care and seeks to reverse the trend of failing health in underserved parts of the country. Their proposal was published online yesterday in Annals of Emergency Medicine ('An Emergency Medicine-Primary Care Partnership to Improve Rural Population Health: Expanding the Role of Emergency Medicine'). (2017-08-10)

New Analysis Reveals Worsening Shortage of Emergency Physicians in Rural Areas
Despite the nation's growing reliance on emergency departments, large areas of rural America are experiencing shortages emergency physicians, according to a new emergency medicine workforce analysis in Annals of Emergency Medicine. (2020-08-12)

Low health literacy is associated with preventable emergency department visits
Low health literacy is a risk factor for potentially preventable emergency department (ED) visits, particularly those that result in hospital admission. (2017-08-31)

Access to federally qualified health centers does not translate into lower rates of ED use
There is no association between access to federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and emergency department visits for either uninsured or Medicaid-insured patients. (2019-02-11)

Jefferson physician named 2010 Emergency Department Director of the Year
Rex G. Mathew, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., vice president of emergency medicine clinical operations at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital has been named the Emergency Department Director of the Year by the Emergency Medicine Foundation and Blue Jay Consulting. Dr. Mathew will receive his award at the American College of Emergency Physicians Emergency Department Director's Academy on April 26. (2010-04-02)

Michigan emergency departments are better prepared to respond to disaster
Emergency Departments across Michigan are better prepared to handle a disaster today than they were seven years ago, according to a Henry Ford Hospital study. The study found that 84 percent of emergency departments said they are more prepared to handle a terrorist attack or natural disaster than they were in 2005. (2013-10-14)

Pediatrics: Kids need specialized care in hospital emergency departments
According to a recent IOM report, only 6 percent of US hospital emergency departments are fully equipped to properly care for children. With high rates of novel H1N1 (swine) flu expected this winter, the time to address these deficiencies is immediate. In a joint policy statement published in Pediatrics, (2009-09-21)

Ketamine for the difficult-to-sedate ER patient
For the small segment of the emergency population whose acute behavioral disturbance does not respond to traditional sedation, ketamine appears to be effective and safe, according to an Australian study published online last Thursday in Annals of Emergency Medicine. (2016-02-24)

Half of emergency care doctors prone to burn-out
One in two emergency care doctors is prone to burn-out, suggests a representative survey of French physicians, published online in Emergency Medicine Journal. (2010-12-01)

Providing clinicians feedback on their Opioid prescribing data alters future prescribing
Asking emergency department (ED) providers to self-identify their opioid prescribing practices and then providing them with timely, clinically relevant, individualized, and actionable feedback on their actual opioid prescribing data, significantly decreases future opioid prescribing among providers who underestimate their baseline prescribing. (2018-05-07)

The uninsured turn to the emergency department for dental complaints
Emergency departments often provide care for dental emergencies, and usually those patients with dental complaints are uninsured or publicly insured (Medicaid), according to a new study to be published in the July 2003 Annals of Emergency Medicine. (2003-06-26)

Needle-exchange program found to reduce emergency room visits among intravenous drug users
Study found that a needle-exchange program in the New Haven, Connecticut area reduced emergency department use among high-risk injection drug users. (2002-06-27)

New data shows rising repeat ER visits for opioid-related emergencies
The emergency department is being increasingly utilized as a patient's best or only treatment option for opioid use disorder (OUD). New analysis in Annals of Emergency Medicine shows that the prevalence of patients who visited emergency departments at four Indiana hospital systems for repeat opioid-related emergencies jumped from 8.8 percent of all opioid-related visits in 2012 to 34.1% in 2017 -- nearly a four-fold increase in just five years. (2020-02-12)

Seniors with more continuity of care use the ER less
Seniors with traditional Medicare coverage who have more continuity of care -- defined as consistently seeing the same physician in an outpatient setting -- have lower chances of visiting an emergency department, according to the results of a study published online earlier this month in Annals of Emergency Medicine ('Relationship Between Continuity of Ambulatory Care and Risk of Emergency Department Episodes Among Older Adults'). (2016-08-24)

Changing patient profile signals rising emergency care waits for seriously ill patients
The changing patient profile of emergency care medicine in the UK has increased waiting times for seriously ill patients needing urgent treatment, finds a study in Emergency Medicine Journal. (2005-09-21)

AIUM officially recognizes ACEP Emergency Ultrasound Guidelines
In keeping with the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine's overarching mission of advancing the safe and effective use of ultrasound in medicine through education, research and development of guidelines, the AIUM recognizes the American College of Emergency Physicians Policy Statement Emergency Ultrasound Guidelines as meeting the qualifications for performing ultrasound in the emergency setting. These guidelines describe the education and training required by emergency physicians to achieve competency for the performance of focused emergency ultrasound applications in clinical practice. (2011-12-08)

UTHealth's Weltge honored by the American College of Emergency Physicians
Arlo F. Weltge, M.D., M.P.H., clinical professor of emergency medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School, has received the John A. Rupke Legacy Award for his lifelong commitment to the American College of Emergency Physicians. (2014-12-02)

@Toxicology in the Twittersphere: More than just 140 characters
A valuable role exists for the use of social media in medicine, new research has shown. (2013-11-11)

New, simpler treatment guidelines could save heart attack patients
A team of experts from across the country have written a new quick-reference statement to make it easier for emergency physicians to navigate the guidelines and treat heart and chest-pain patients in the emergency department. (2005-08-02)

Frequent users of emergency care more than twice as likely to die or be admitted
Frequent users of emergency care are more than twice as likely as infrequent users to die, be admitted to hospital, or require other outpatient treatment, concludes an analysis of the available evidence, published online in Emergency Medicine Journal. (2015-05-07)

Emergency contraception: Advance provision does not reduce pregnancy rates
Providing emergency contraception to women in advance of need does not reduce pregnancy rates, despite increased use and faster use after unprotected sexual intercourse. These are the findings according to a new review published in the Cochrane Library. (2010-03-16)

Five ways to improve health information exchange in ERs
An emergency physician-led workgroup has published five primary and seven secondary recommendations about how to maximize the value of health information exchange in emergency departments. The recommendations were published online Tuesday in Annals of Emergency Medicine ('Health Information Exchange in Emergency Medicine'). (2015-08-06)

Lack of equipment and skilled doctors costing civilian lives in Iraq
Doctors working in Iraq admit that more than half of the civilians killed could have been saved if better medical equipment and more experienced staff and were available. (2006-10-19)

FOCUS may lower PE diagnosis in ED patients with suspected PE and abnormal vitals
Focused cardiac ultrasound (FOCUS) performed by emergency physicians with advanced training in emergency ultrasound may significantly lower the likelihood of the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (PE) in most patients who are suspected of PE and have abnormal vital signs. (2019-11-06)

Decreasing mental health services increases mental health emergencies
Countywide reductions in psychiatric services -- both inpatient and outpatient -- led to more than triple the number of emergency psychiatric consults and 55 percent increases in lengths of stay for psychiatric patients in the emergency department. The before and after study of the impact of decreasing county mental health services was published online Friday in Annals of Emergency Medicine ('Impact of Decreasing County Mental Health Services on the Emergency Medicine'). (2015-11-19)

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