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Psychiatric emergencies can be as serious as a medical condition, but in traditional EDs, mental health patients may wait for treatment. Specialized psychiatric EDs serve that population quickly and efficiently. Read more »
Some children in EDs still receive codeine despite guidelines
Solutions include changing provider prescription behaviors to promote the use of better alternatives to codeine, such as ibuprofen or hydrocodone. Read more »
Study: Medicaid expansion doesn't affect care access, ED use
The authors "found no evidence that expanding the number of individuals eligible for Medicaid coverage eroded perceived access to care." Read more »
CDC: E-cigarette liquids causing more calls to poison centers
The number of calls to poison centers involving e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine rose from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month this past February. Read more »
FDA: New opioid overdose treatment can be administered at home
The prescription treatment can be used by family members or caregivers to treat a person known or suspected to have had an opioid overdose. Read more »
Standard care proves sufficient for septic shock treatment
Survival of patients with septic shock was the same regardless of whether they received treatment based on specific protocols or the usual high-level standard of care. Read more »
Younger men receive cardiac care faster than younger women
Men received faster access to electrocardiograms and fibrinolysis than women, researchers reported in a study based primarily in Canada. Read more »
ENA joins groups in issuing guidelines for geriatric EDs
Geriatric emergency patients represent 43% of hospital admissions, and on average, geriatric patients stay longer in the ED and use more resources. Read more »
Study notes five unnecessary procedures in emergency care
Researchers compiled a top-five list of emergency medicine procedures that are of low value and could help control costs if providers do not order them. Read more »
Study pinpoints issues that leave ED nurses vulnerable
A qualitative study found a need to change the culture of acceptance that is prevalent among hospital administrators and law enforcement. Read more »
Study: Decriminalizing marijuana might send more kids to ED
The call rate to poison centers in states that decriminalized marijuana increased by more than 30% per year between 2005 and 2011. Read more »

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