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Health Insurance Policy May Pay For Emergency Room Visits

While symptoms like chest or belly pain might reasonably drive you to the emergency room with worries about a heart attack or appendicitis, your insurance company might decide not to pay if it turns out your fears were unfounded, a new study suggests.

With the price of emergency room care going up, US insurance companies have been looking for ways to contain the costs, sometimes by refusing to pay for visits that turn out not to have been emergencies after all.

Cardiac Arrest Survival Greatly Increased By Bystanders External Defibrillator

More people are stepping in to help give CPR when someone's heart stops, and first responders are intervening at higher levels-but survival rates are higher for men who have cardiac arrests than for women.

A recent study suggests substantial for a small group of patients-usually younger and male patients who have a cardiac arrest in a public place. The study was published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Systematic Review & Meta?analysis Of Ketamine as an Alternative to Opioids for Acute Pain In The ED

Intravenous, low-dose ketamine (LDK) is as effective as intravenous morphine in the control of acute pain in adults in the emergency department (ED). The study was published in the issue of Academic Emergency Medicine (AEM), a journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM). The results indicate that ketamine can be considered as an alternative to opioids for ED short-term pain control.

Immediate Care Visits Emergency Room

Treatment for new health problems, or acute care visits, encompass over one-third of all ambulatory care delivered in the United States. Given the high costs of emergency departments, many insurance plans have created incentives to encourage patients to receive that care elsewhere.

In response to patient expectations for more convenience and too long wait times at traditional physician outpatient practices, alternative care facilities such as urgent care centers, retail clinics, and telemedicine have rapidly emerged. The study was published today in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Brigham and Women's Hospital researchers document that among private health plan enrollees, in recent years, there has been a substantial shift from emergency departments to urgent care centers when it comes to patients receiving care for low-acuity conditions.

Time To Visit Emergency Room Vs. Qcare

When child spikes a high fever or you twist your ankle in the parking lot while getting groceries after work, illnesses and injuries most often occur unexpectedly. In these instances, you may be uncertain about where to go for care, especially if the symptoms seem severe and your regular primary care provider’s office is closed or you don’t have a primary care provider.

While an illness or injury may catch you off guard, you can be prepared to effectively seek treatment and save your life in a medical emergency by knowing the difference between QCare walk-in clinics and emergency care.

Point-Of-Care Ultrasound Improved The Safety Of Pediatric Emergency Care

Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has become an important adjunct to clinical diagnosis and procedural guidance in the Pediatric Emergency Department (PED), supported by literature demonstrating that its use can improve patient safety and expedite lifesaving care.

POCUS further helps to reduce costs and children’s exposure to ionizing radiation. Not only is POCUS ideally suited for “rule-in” diagnostic applications for many pediatric indications, but ultrasound guidance can also improve the safety and success of common procedures, including placement of central venous catheters (CVCs) and peripheral intravenous (PIV) catheters, thoracentesis, paracentesis, regional anesthesia, lumbar punctures and other procedures.