Ultrasound-guided nerve blocks offer effective and safe alternatives to systemic analgesics to manage pain in the ED. This article reviews the literature supporting the use of ultrasound-guided nerve blocks in the ED and describes how to perform some of the most basic nerve blocks.
Traumatic lacerations are a common ED presentation. Although managing most ED lacerations is routine, some cases are complex, requiring physician judgment for effective treatment. This review will discuss the principles of laceration management, incorporating recent research in wound care.
Research analyzing trends in the nation’s emergency departments indicates low rates of HIV and syphilis screening among teens diagnosed with pelvic inflammatory disease, despite the high risk for such infections. Data also suggest low rates of adherence to national treatment guidelines.
While age restrictions on levonorgestrel emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs) were removed in 2013, access to pills often is tricky, even for college-age students. Now Stanford University and University of California locations in Santa Barbara and Davis are among the latest campuses that have installed vending machines stocked with ECPs.
The recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of tachycardia is a cornerstone of emergency medicine practice. This article will cover the most commonly seen supraventricular and ventricular tachycardias encountered in the ED, with a focus on their electrocardiographic diagnoses and treatment options.
Hemodynamic monitoring is a very important component in effectively resuscitating critically ill patients. Various methods of hemodynamic monitoring not only give the physician an idea of the patient’s overall pathophysiology, but can alert the physician to acute changes.
Skin and soft tissue infections are encountered commonly in the emergency department, presenting as a range of disorders, from uncomplicated cellulitis, impetigo, folliculitis, erysipelas, and focal abscesses to necrotizing fasciitis.