We all know about it but are we really doing enough? Informed consent is a process we use before any invasive procedure or test that opens a dialogue between practitioner and patient, outlining several key subjects and ensuring adequate understanding before the procedure can take place. In this episode we talk about informed consent what you need to do to ensure you patient is truly informed and you are protected.
Probiotics have lived in the realm of alternative and nontraditional medicine...until now. More and more research is showing the benefits in prevention and treatment of various illnesses with probiotics. In this episode, we discuss what they are and their role in modern medicine.
Designer drugs have become and ever popular avenue of abuse for people of all ages. One in particular has been impacting the ER, bath salts. Unlike the name suggests, these substances are designed to promote a relaxing night in the tub. In this episode, we talk about the drug, the symptoms, the risk, and what you need to do in the ER.
Ultrasound has a huge role in the ER, improving diagnostics, efficiency, and safety. Increasingly, ultrasound is being associated with one of the most common practices in emergency medicine...peripheral IV access. In this episode, we look at several articles that highlight the benefit of ultrasound for the placement of peripheral IV's.
Alcohol intoxication is a diagnosis of frustration for ER doctors with patients taking up beds and destroying patient satisfaction when their time could be better spent in jail or at a detox facility. A recent study looked into whether a field triage tool could help disposition intoxicated patients to a detox facility or the ER. The goal is to get the patients to the best possible facility. In this episode, I talk about the problem, the study, and the outlook.