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Cannabis Linked Emergency Department, Smoking vs Eating Matters

The number of cannabis-associate emergency department (ED) visits has risen sharply since marijuana was legalize in Colorado. New data show that is inhalable cannabis use accounts for most of these visits; edible cannabis is tied to a disproportionate number of visits, and patients present with different symptoms. Although less frequent overall; so edible products lead…

Special Emergency Room

She Was Dancing, Talking Gibberish. Special Emergency Room Helped

Patients heavily sedated or shackled to gurneys for days while awaiting placement in a specialized psychiatric hospital; their symptoms exacerbated by the noise and chaos of emergency medicine. Long wait times in crowded ERs for people who show up with serious medical emergencies. High costs for taxpayer; so insurers and families as patients languish longer…

Heart Attack Patients

Benefits Of Stopping Aspirin In Heart Attack Patients

Patients who stopped taking aspirin three months after receiving a stent to open the heart’s arteries but continued taking a P2Y12inhibitor—clopidogrel, prasugrel or ticagrelor—did not experience higher rates of death from any cause, heart attack or stroke after a year compared with those receiving standard therapy, according to research presented at the American College of…

Heart Attack

Percutaneous Coronary Intervention On Patients With A Heart Attack

Doctors can use either an artery in the arm (the radial approach) or in the groin (the femoral approach) to safely perform percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) on patients presenting with a heart attack, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 68thAnnual Scientific Session. The research, which was stopped early, suggests the radial…

The need to focus on staffing

Worst-ever Emergency Care: The Need To Focus On Staffing

Responding to today’s figures showing another decline in emergency care performance; President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, Dr Taj Hassan said; Both these figures and the fact that; this crisis is going unnoticed while the country is consumed by Brexit is deeply disappointing. These are the worst performance figures we’ve ever seen and…

Heart Attack

Depression Screening Does Not Improve QoL In Heart Attack Patients

After suffering a heart attack or unstable angina (chest pain caused by blocked arteries), patients who were systematically screened for depression and referred for treatment when appropriate did not show a significant improvement in quality of life compared with those who received no depression screening, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s…

Sepsis Survey

NAEMT and Sepsis Alliance Announce Results of National Sepsis Survey

In a recent national survey of more than 1,300 EMS providers, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) in association with the Sepsis Alliance found that although nearly all respondents (98%) consider sepsis a medical emergency, only about half (51%) feel very confident in their ability to recognize symptoms of sepsis the body’s life-threatening…

Ischemia

RCTs in The Age of SoMe: ISCHEMIA Trial Publishes Baseline Data

Anticipating presentation and publication of the full results sometime later this year, investigators with the International Study of Comparative Health Effectiveness With Medical and Invasive Approaches (ISCHEMIA) trial have published their baseline data and once again stirred discussion about whether the trial will really answer the question it was originally designed to answer. “This is…

Heart Attack

SOS Signal Of Heart Muscle Sending Out After Heart Attack

Human cells shed exosomes. These tiny extracellular, membrane-bound vesicles can carry cargo for cell-to-cell communication, ferrying diverse loads of proteins, lipids or nucleic acids. University of Alabama at Birmingham and Chinese researchers now report that exosomes are key to the SOS signal that the heart muscle sends out after a heart attack. After the heart…

Female EM Doctors

Female EM Doctors Less Likely To Hold Rank Of Full Professor

As few as one-third of academic emergency medicine physicians are female; and these physicians face significant disparities in representation and academic rank by gender. That is the conclusion of a study to be published in a March 2019 special issue of Academic Emergency Medicine (AEM) titled: “Influence of Gender on the Profession of Emergency Medicine.” In what is…

Emergency Medicine Physicians

Gender-Based Salary Gap Among Emergency Medicine Physicians

Although overall salaries for emergency physicians have increased over the past four years; and despite a call to end gender disparities in salary, men still make 18% more than women; and a $12,000 gender salary gap remains essentially unchanged. That is the finding of a study to be published in a March 2019 special issue…

Cardiac Arrest

Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Third Leading Cause of Death

Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest was the third leading cause of “health loss due to disease” in the United States behind ischemic heart disease and low back/neck pain in 2016, according to new research in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal. This groundbreaking study is the first to estimate disability-adjusted life years (DALY) –…