ER providers must advocate for the health and safety of their patients, but we must avoid insterting ourselves into "wedge issues". These are issues in which an opinion is meant to put you on one side of a divisive issue, such as gun control, obortion, or other political hot topics. We must address issues from a safety and health standpoint, but not fall into the trap of making a purely political stance that can alienate our patients and our ability to be trusted educators.
As attempts move forward to increase the transparency of medicine, there has been a push to publish the price of ER services. Is serving up our prices like a restaurant menu a good idea or just the potential to put the price over the emergency itself? In this episode, we will talk about the ER price menu.
An acute stroke is one of the most urgent and critical ER evaluations. It is a diagnosis where time is truly of the essence. In this episode, we talk about the keys of being prepared and knowing you plan before a stroke rolls through your doors.
There has been endless talk, debate, and disagreements on the ACA and its effect on medicine, but we are now starting to see numbers on how the legislation is changing ED volumes. In this episode, we talk about the numbers and what they are saying.
I realize that it is out of vogue to keep score in some youth sports, but in medicine, it can determine the next course of action and even disposition of the patient. Appendicitis is a common and high risk diagnosis in the ED and there are several scoring methods that have attempted to put Pandora back in her box. In this episode, we discuss some of the scoring methods and the research that scores the score.