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.
Citing emergency care as high risk for children, a multidisciplinary panel estimates that the medication error rate in pediatric patients is three times the rate for adult patients in the emergency department.
If your emergency department has been seeing a lot of heart attacks recently, you might blame weather events. Consider the ups and downs in March, when four nor’easters in three weeks brought frigid weather interspersed with spring-like temperatures.