Despite efforts in the past to blame emergency medicine for the nation’s opioid epidemic, a new study finds that patients who are prescribed opioids for the first time in the emergency department (ED) are much less likely to become long-term narcotics users.
Antibiotics are prescribed to non-Latino white children seeking treatment for viral respiratory tract infections about twice as often in emergency departments (EDs) compared with non-Latino black children.
The statistics will come as no surprise to emergency department (ED) staff, but some percentage of visits by disabled older patients might have more to do with their caregivers’ physical or mental state than their own.
The choice of sedation medication has the greatest influence on whether adverse events are likely to occur in pediatric emergency departments and to require significant interventions, according to a new study.
Several studies have found that creatine kinase-myocardial band (CK-MB) testing can no longer be considered an effective biomarker for detecting damaged heart muscle, and the American College of Cardiology issued a statement more than a decade ago saying the assay can be safely eliminated from practice.
The demographic group with the highest rate of suicide is men over the age of 70, according to the World Health Organization. In the United States, nearly 8,000 older adults committed suicide in 2015, with the proportion of suicides higher among the elderly than the young.