Guidelines recommend intramuscular midazolam for status epilepticus patients who experience seizures and, according to a new study, the benzodiazepine is increasingly being administered in prehospital care before the patients arrives at the emergency department.
In states such as Texas, patients seeking immediate care still primarily use urgent care centers and hospital-based emergency departments, but they also are increasingly presenting at freestanding EDs.
IOWA CITY, IA – Critics charge that emergency physicians may overuse – or even abuse – observation stays strictly to maximize revenue and shift costs to patients. A new study suggests, however, that the condemnation isn’t really fair.
ROCKVILLE, MD – This almost certainly won’t come as any surprise to emergency department staff, but “super-utilizers” accounted for a large share of all ED visits, anywhere from 10.5% to 26.2%, in 2014.
ATLANTA – When examining pediatric patients presenting with clinical signs and symptoms consistent with alcohol toxicity – nausea, vomiting, respiratory depression, and drowsiness or laboratory results consistent with ethanol or isopropanol toxicity – emergency physicians might ask about the possibility of alcohol hand sanitizer ingestion.