This article provides an overview of the most frequently encountered complications associated with sickle cell disease seen in the emergency department. It will discuss recent guidelines and novel approaches to the treatment of entities such as acute chest syndrome, vaso-occlusive crisis, and stroke, as well as new treatments on the horizon.
This article provides an overview of atrial fibrillation (AF) and evidence-based guidance on controversial aspects of AF workup and management in the emergency department. The evidence is provided to help safely reduce unnecessary testing and expand the emergency provider’s management armamentarium to include electrical and pharmacologic conversion in recent-onset AF patients.
This article aims to provide acute care providers with advanced techniques in the management of opioid overdoses, including the use of naloxone, the opioid receptor antagonist, as well as harm reduction management strategies aimed at long-term risk mitigation in this vulnerable population.
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.