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Aug 18, 2014, 11:08 ET
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Quasi-Legal Drug Fifteen Times Stronger Than Heroin Hides in Plain Sight

Emergency physicians should expect "an upswing in what on the surface appear to be heroin overdoses," but are actually overdoses tied to acetyl...

Aug 15, 2014, 14:33 ET
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Psychiatric "Boarding" in Emergency Departments Ruled Unconstitutional in Washington State

In a potentially precedent-setting ruling, the Washington State Supreme Court determined last week that psychiatric boarding — the process by...

Aug 13, 2014, 04:11 ET
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Why Seniors Don't Eat: It's Complicated.

 More than half of older adults who visit emergency departments are either malnourished or at risk for malnutrition, but not because of lack of...

Aug 11, 2014, 10:05 ET
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Medicaid Patients Are Users not Abusers of the ER

 A new report from the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) finds that Medicaid enrollees visit the emergency department...

Aug 04, 2014, 16:22 ET
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ER Closures Increase Risk of Death at Surrounding ERs

 Patients who were admitted to hospitals in the vicinity of a hospital that had closed its emergency department had 5 percent greater...

Jul 24, 2014, 09:49 ET
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Prevent Tipping Furniture From Injuring or Killing Young Children

The nation's emergency physicians handle tragic situations too often, but few things are more upsetting than the sudden death of a child —...

Jul 23, 2014, 09:25 ET
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Ketamine Can Be A Wonder Drug for ER Patients And Their Physicians

 For critically ill patients arriving at the emergency department, the drug ketamine can safely provide analgesia, sedation and amnesia for...

Jul 11, 2014, 09:02 ET
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Text Message Medicine: Texts from the ER Can Reduce Binge Drinking

Young adults who screened positive for a history of hazardous or binge drinking reduced their binge drinking by more than 50 percent after...

Jul 08, 2014, 11:20 ET
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Emergency Physicians Save More than Lives

 "We are all a heartbeat away from needing emergency care" is one of key messages of the Saving Millions campaign of the American College of...

Jul 07, 2014, 12:29 ET
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Of Non-Marijuana Drug Users in the ER, Nearly All Are Problem Drug Users

Of emergency patients who reported any drug other than marijuana as their primary drug of use, 90.7 percent met the criteria for problematic drug...

Jul 07, 2014, 09:45 ET
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Nearly 12 Million Kids Visit the ER Each Year For Injuries

Fun outdoors this summer can turn downright dangerous and result in a trip to the emergency department for kids and parents who are not...

Jul 02, 2014, 04:11 ET

One in Six Adolescents in the ER Has Experienced Dating Violence

Of adolescents visiting the emergency department for any reason, one in five girls and one in eight boys reported dating violence in the past...

Jun 27, 2014, 09:24 ET
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Homeless Alcoholics Typically Began Drinking as Children

A phenomenological study offers detailed insights into homeless, alcohol-dependent patients often stigmatized by the public and policymakers as...

Jun 24, 2014, 09:11 ET
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Many ER Patients Test Positive for HIV While in Most Infectious Stage

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) screening for emergency patients at an institution with a large number of ethnic minority, underinsured and...

Jun 12, 2014, 15:36 ET
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Emergency Physician Steve Stack Is President-Elect of AMA

The following is a statement from Alex Rosenau, DO, FACEP, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). "The American College...

Jun 04, 2014, 10:41 ET
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Cut Grass, Not Limbs

As more Americans venture outdoors this summer to do yard work, the nation's emergency physicians urge caution and common sense when using...

May 21, 2014, 00:01 ET
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ER Visits Up Since Implementation of Affordable Care Act

Nearly half of emergency physicians responding to a poll are already seeing a rise in emergency visits since January 1 when expanded coverage under...

May 09, 2014, 11:42 ET
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ACEP Celebrates 40 Years of National EMS Week May 18-24 With the Theme "EMS: Dedicated. For Life."

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) celebrates four decades of  Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week starting May 18th with...

Apr 24, 2014, 14:24 ET
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One in Five Women Report Being Raped at Some Point in Their Lives

More than 237,000 Americans are sexually assaulted each year.  That is one every two minutes. Emergency physicians are often the first people...

Mar 27, 2014, 09:47 ET
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Patient Satisfaction Scores in the ER Are Not Affected by Receipt of Painkillers

 Factors other than receipt of painkillers – including opiates – in the emergency department appear to be more important to patient...