Based on treatment guidelines, emergency clinicians sometimes are hesitant to use IV tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) in stroke patients on anticoagulation therapy. Yet research discussed at the International Stroke Conference earlier this year indicates that being on anticoagulants should not prohibit tPA use in acute ischemic stroke patients, study authors determined.
One might assume patients presenting to an ED with sepsis are automatically admitted to the hospital. However, a presentation at the recent American Thoracic Society's annual international conference in San Diego revealed some surprising statistics and, perhaps, even more shocking patient results.
To ensure that physicians don’t make false accusations of child abuse, some pediatric emergency departments depend on a panel of pediatric injury experts to make the call on whether an injury is an accident or intentional harm.
Among working adults in the United States during 2011 to 2016, 6.8% had current asthma. Of those with current asthma, 44.7% had experienced an asthma attack in the previous year, and nearly 10% had an episode serious enough to send them to the emergency department.
Previous research has documented that wildfires, such as the one that killed more than 40 people and destroyed more than 5,000 homes in the wine country north of San Francisco last fall, can worsen respiratory conditions in some patients.