FDA Expands Indication of Moxifloxacin (Avelox) for PlagueFDA Expands Indication of Moxifloxacin (Avelox) for Plague
The antibiotic comes with a boxed warning about serious adverse events, but given the deadly nature of plague, "the benefit...outweighs these potential risks," the agency said. FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - May 9, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Infectious Diseases News Alert Source Type: news

Waiting to Call Ambulance Delays Heart Attack TreatmentWaiting to Call Ambulance Delays Heart Attack Treatment
Half of heart attack patients fail to immediately call an ambulance for help, delaying diagnosis and potentially worsening their survival odds, a Swedish study suggests. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - May 8, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Emergency Medicine News Source Type: news

Does Antibiotic Choice Matter for SSTIs?Does Antibiotic Choice Matter for SSTIs?
Finally, a randomized trial provides answers to this common clinical question. Medscape Pediatrics (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - May 6, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Pediatrics Viewpoint Source Type: news

Alcoholic Hep C Patients May Need Rehab More Than MedsAlcoholic Hep C Patients May Need Rehab More Than Meds
Expensive direct-acting antiviral agents might not be cost-effective for patients with chronic hepatitis C infection who abuse alcohol, a new study has shown. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - April 28, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Cholecystitis on CT, Check Ultrasound Before TreatingCholecystitis on CT, Check Ultrasound Before Treating
CT scans are not accurate enough on their own to direct treatment decisions for patients with acute cholecystitis, researchers warn. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - April 22, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Radiology News Source Type: news

Reader Poll: Did the US Make the Ebola Response Worse?Reader Poll: Did the US Make the Ebola Response Worse?
The United States mishandled and exacerbated the international Ebola crisis, according to a federal report. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - April 20, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Baxter Recalls Almost 600,000 Units of Saline SolutionBaxter Recalls Almost 600,000 Units of Saline Solution
The voluntary recall was triggered by complaints about manufacturing defects and leaks that could compromise sterility, the FDA said. It was the sixth saline solution recall by Baxter Healthcare since the start of 2014. News Alerts (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - April 9, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: General Surgery News Alert Source Type: news

Shift From IV to Oral Sedation for Pain Procedures?Shift From IV to Oral Sedation for Pain Procedures?
One pain center reports benefits from a policy shifting from intravenous sedation to oral anxiolysis, but some argue IV sedation is often important. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - April 8, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

No Cognitive Benefit of Lower Temp After Cardiac ArrestNo Cognitive Benefit of Lower Temp After Cardiac Arrest
Further analysis of the largest study of its kind showed no difference in quality of life and cognitive outcomes with target temperatures of 33 degrees C and 36 degrees C in patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - April 8, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Joint Venture Creates Largest US Ambulatory Surgery ProviderJoint Venture Creates Largest US Ambulatory Surgery Provider
Tenet Healthcare Corp said it would create the largest provider of ambulatory surgery services in the United States through a joint venture with United Surgical Partners International (USPI), with the option to buy USPI over five years. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - March 24, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Emergency Medicine News Source Type: news

American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) 31st Annual MeetingAmerican Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) 31st Annual Meeting
Read clinically focused news coverage of key developments from AAPM 2015. Medscape Neurology (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - March 23, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Conference Coverage Source Type: news

Surgery, Sling Similar for Displaced Humerus FracturesSurgery, Sling Similar for Displaced Humerus Fractures
A randomized controlled trial showed no significant differences in outcomes for surgical vs nonsurgical treatment of displaced fractures of the proximal humerus involving the surgical neck. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - March 12, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Orthopaedics News Source Type: news

Ultrasound Detection of Superior Vena Cava ThrombusUltrasound Detection of Superior Vena Cava Thrombus
This case highlights the important role ultrasound can play in diagnosing superior vena cava syndrome due to thrombosis. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - March 11, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Emergency Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

FDA Approves Compression-Decompression Device for CPRFDA Approves Compression-Decompression Device for CPR
The ResQCPR system, comprising a gauge to aid in compression depth and a threshold device designed to ultimately pump more blood to the body, is expected to be commercially available in mid-2015. FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - March 10, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Cardiology News Alert Source Type: news

Test Aims to Identify Heart Attacks Before They OccurTest Aims to Identify Heart Attacks Before They Occur
An experimental seven-gene panel could help clinicians identify patients at risk for imminent acute myocardial infarction. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - March 9, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Pathology & Lab Medicine News Source Type: news

Changing Etiology of Bacteremia in Kids Poses New ChallengesChanging Etiology of Bacteremia in Kids Poses New Challenges
Serious bacterial infection in children in the ED is increasingly healthcare-associated and less susceptible to empirical therapy. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - March 9, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Can Prolonged Recovery From Concussion Be Predicted?Can Prolonged Recovery From Concussion Be Predicted?
Data from almost 250 concussions reveal that no single feature -- such as loss of consciousness -- can predict recovery. Medscape Pediatrics (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - March 2, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Pediatrics Viewpoint Source Type: news

New Antibiotic Avycaz Wins FDA ApprovalNew Antibiotic Avycaz Wins FDA Approval
The combination antibiotic treats complicated intra-abdominal and urinary tract infections but is essentially a last resort. FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - February 26, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Infectious Diseases News Alert Source Type: news

Bedside US as an Adjunct for Acute Appendicitis in the EDBedside US as an Adjunct for Acute Appendicitis in the ED
Is bedside ultrasound an effective diagnostic tool in assessing patients with suspected appendicitis in the ED? Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - February 25, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Emergency Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Lean-Based Systems Engineering to Increase ED CapacityLean-Based Systems Engineering to Increase ED Capacity
Implementation of this process could be an effective tool in addressing ED crowding by streamlining processes and increasing efficiencies. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - February 18, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Emergency Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Sore Throat in Young Adults May Indicate Serious IllnessSore Throat in Young Adults May Indicate Serious Illness
A sore throat in young adults who test negative for strep may indicate a serious infection with F. necrophorum, which can cause peritonsillar abscess and internal jugular thrombophlebitis. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - February 18, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Fast IV Ketamine Dosing Feasible in Pediatric EDFast IV Ketamine Dosing Feasible in Pediatric ED
Infusing ketamine over five seconds or less may allow adequate sedation and rapid recovery in children undergoing forearm fracture reduction, according to Missouri-based researchers. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - February 18, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Emergency Medicine News Source Type: news

Acute Flaccid Myelitis in US ChildrenAcute Flaccid Myelitis in US Children
CDC provides the latest information on its investigation of the unusual neurologic condition known as acute flaccid myelitis, identified in almost 100 children to date in the United States. CDC Expert Commentary (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - January 21, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Commentary Source Type: news

Appendicitis During Pregnancy With a Normal MRIAppendicitis During Pregnancy With a Normal MRI
A pregnant patient presents with abdominal pain and is found to have appendicitis despite normal imaging results. How was she diagnosed? Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - January 9, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Emergency Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

FDA Approves Roche Ebola Test for Emergency UseFDA Approves Roche Ebola Test for Emergency Use
Roche Holding AG said U.S. health regulators have approved its Ebola test for emergency use in response to the world's worst outbreak of the disease in West Africa. FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - December 30, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Infectious Diseases News Alert Source Type: news

ED Bed Coordinator Speeds Patient AdmissionsED Bed Coordinator Speeds Patient Admissions
Identifying inpatients suitable for a lower level of care early in the day reduced emergency department boarding time and dangerous overcrowding. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - December 30, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Emergency Medicine News Source Type: news

EM Docs and Opioid Prescribing: How Often, How Much?EM Docs and Opioid Prescribing: How Often, How Much?
A recent analysis of opioid prescribing examines where patients are getting the majority of their high-dose opioid prescriptions from, and the findings are surprising. Medscape Emergency Medicine (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - December 29, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Emergency Medicine Commentary Source Type: news

2014 Practice Changers and Hot Topics in Hospital Medicine2014 Practice Changers and Hot Topics in Hospital Medicine
Medscape asked several hospitalists what they thought were the most important topics and events in hospital medicine in 2014. Medscape Internal Medicine (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - December 26, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Internal Medicine Article Source Type: news

Medicare Cuts Payments to Hospitals With Highest Infection RatesMedicare Cuts Payments to Hospitals With Highest Infection Rates
In its toughest crackdown yet on medical errors, the federal government is cutting payments to 721 hospitals for having high rates of infections and other patient injuries. Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - December 22, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Thoracotomy in Blunt Trauma: What's the Harm?Thoracotomy in Blunt Trauma: What's the Harm?
Thoracotomy is often a last-ditch effort when trying to resuscitate a patient who has suffered trauma. What are risks vs benefits of attempting this procedure? Medscape Emergency Medicine (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - December 12, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Emergency Medicine Viewpoint Source Type: news

Golden Hour Thrombolysis on WheelsGolden Hour Thrombolysis on Wheels
Does an ambulance specially equipped to diagnose and treat stroke make a difference in treatment access and outcomes? Medscape Neurology (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - December 11, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Viewpoint Source Type: news

Major Academic EDs Use More Resources, Study ConfirmsMajor Academic EDs Use More Resources, Study Confirms
A new study confirms the common assumption that graduate medical education is associated with increased use of healthcare resources. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - December 10, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Emergency Medicine News Source Type: news

Septic Shock and Adequacy of Empiric Antibiotics in the EDSeptic Shock and Adequacy of Empiric Antibiotics in the ED
Does empiric antibiotic therapy in the ED provide sufficient antibiotic coverage for septic patients? The Journal of Emergency Medicine (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - December 8, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Emergency Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Ebola Waste Disposal: Nebraska's StrategyEbola Waste Disposal: Nebraska's Strategy
Ebola waste accumulates quickly and in large volumes, and disposing of it taxes hospitals with regulatory and resource requirements. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - December 5, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

U.S. Hospitals Make Fewer Serious Errors; 50,000 Lives SavedU.S. Hospitals Make Fewer Serious Errors; 50,000 Lives Saved
About 50,000 people are alive today because U.S. hospitals committed 17% fewer medical errors in 2013 than in 2010, government health officials said on Tuesday. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - December 3, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Health Information Exchanges May Reduce ED Use, CostsHealth Information Exchanges May Reduce ED Use, Costs
However, adoption is slow, and few exchanges have been studied. Barriers to wide success include lack of technical interoperability, workflow challenges, and payment concerns, researchers say. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - December 2, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

Maintenance ICS Use in COPD: Will It Reduce Exacerbations?Maintenance ICS Use in COPD: Will It Reduce Exacerbations?
Dr Nicholas Gross offers his view on a new study that looks at the benefits of using corticosteroids to reduce the occurrence of exacerbations in patients with severe COPD. Medscape Pulmonary Medicine (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - December 2, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Pulmonary Medicine Viewpoint Source Type: news

An ED Sign-Out Checklist Improves Transfer at Shift ChangeAn ED Sign-Out Checklist Improves Transfer at Shift Change
The use of a novel, electronic sign-out checklist may provide more accurate and efficient handoffs at shift change, a new study reports. The Journal of Emergency Medicine (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - November 24, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Emergency Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

FDA Clears Hydrocodone With Abuse-Deterrent Properties FDA Clears Hydrocodone With Abuse-Deterrent Properties
The physical and chemical properties of single-entity Hysingla ER (Purdue Pharma) are expected to make abuse difficult, the FDA says. FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - November 21, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Symptom Burden Best Predictor of Concussion RecoverySymptom Burden Best Predictor of Concussion Recovery
Factors such as age, sex, loss of consciousness, and neurocognitive testing weren't predictive of recovery following a sports-related concussion in this analysis. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - November 20, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Enlarged Left Atrium Points to AF in Cryptogenic StrokeEnlarged Left Atrium Points to AF in Cryptogenic Stroke
An enlarged left atrium, even without atrial fibrillation upon presentation of stroke, points to the possibility of a cardioembolic cause, a study reports. Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation should be suspected. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - November 19, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Minorities With Cancer Not Using High-Volume HospitalsMinorities With Cancer Not Using High-Volume Hospitals
Ethnic minorities with cancer don't use high-volume hospitals as much as white patients, even though they live just as close, which could affect their outcomes, a new study shows. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - November 12, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Blood Glucose Predicts Outcomes of Patients With Chest PainBlood Glucose Predicts Outcomes of Patients With Chest Pain
Elevated blood glucose in patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) with chest pain is independently associated with an increased risk of cardiac events in the next 30 days. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - November 11, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Emergency Medicine News Source Type: news

Amiodarone, Anticoagulation, and Clinical Events in AFAmiodarone, Anticoagulation, and Clinical Events in AF
What's the connection between the use of amiodarone and adverse events -- in patients with atrial fibrillation? Journal of the American College of Cardiology (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - November 10, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

The Debate on Thrombolytics for Submassive PE ContinuesThe Debate on Thrombolytics for Submassive PE Continues
Dr Aaron Holley reviews the current literature to bring some clarity to when and how thrombolytics should be used with submassive pulmonary embolism. Medscape Critical Care (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - November 3, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Pulmonary Medicine Commentary Source Type: news

American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) 2014 Scientific AssemblyAmerican College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) 2014 Scientific Assembly
Read clinically focused news coverage of key developments from ACEP14. Medscape Emergency Medicine (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - October 29, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Conference Coverage Source Type: news

Ebola Readiness in EM: Taking a Proper Travel HistoryEbola Readiness in EM: Taking a Proper Travel History
Do you know how to take a proper travel history from a patient with Ebola-like symptoms? Medscape Emergency Medicine (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - October 27, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Emergency Medicine Article Source Type: news

Physician in New York Tests Positive for EbolaPhysician in New York Tests Positive for Ebola
The physician, Craig Spencer, MD, had just come back from Guinea on an assignment with Doctors Without Borders. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - October 24, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

COPD Combination Bronchodilators: A Look at the BenefitsCOPD Combination Bronchodilators: A Look at the Benefits
Bronchodilators combining the active ingredients of both anticholinergic and beta-agonist bronchodilators appear headed toward FDA approval. What will be the benefits of this new device? Medscape Pulmonary Medicine (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - October 17, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Pulmonary Medicine Viewpoint Source Type: news

Ebola and 'Unknown Unknowns'Ebola and 'Unknown Unknowns'
This blog cuts through the hysteria to help US clinicians in their practice as they prepare for the possibility of more domestic Ebola cases. Society of Hospital Medicine (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - October 16, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Internal Medicine Commentary Source Type: news