emergency medicine

Are NPs code-blue ready?Traditionally, first positions for graduating registered nurses (RNs) are hospital based, where many have expertise and experience in emergency management. However, when RNs attend graduate school to become primary care nurse practitioners, planning for managing emergencies in an outpatient medical office may or may not have been a part of graduate education.
Be ready for an in-office 911Focusing on emergencies became our platform to address the far more important goals of situational awareness, team integration, and effective communication. As we build increasingly matrixed systems of care that surround our littlest of patients, having addressed these goals inspires us with confidence that we can do so with the child’s safety at top of mind.
Office preparedness for childhood emergencies
Office preparedness for childhood emergenciesStudies highlight a need for pediatrician offices to be ready to handle emergencies, available data also demonstrate that many practices, including those that have already needed to treat a critically ill child, are not adequately prepared because they lack the relevant protocols, training, and tools.
Emergency airway managementSecuring a child’s airway in an emergency setting can be challenging, and success here is dictated by a mosaic of factors such as clinician experience, appropriate instrumentation, and, importantly, the many anatomical and physiological considerations that differ significantly from the adult population.
Are you prepared for a clinical emergency? (VIDEO)For Contemporary Pediatrics, Dr Bobby Lazzara discusses a study published in the journal Pediatric Emergency Care that examined whether practices were prepared for emergencies requiring airway management.
EMERGENCY MEDICINE: Top 4 abdominal emergenciesAvoiding misconceptions and practice gaps are keys to recognizing the most common abdominal emergencies in community pediatrics, said Joan E Shook, MD, MBA, FAAP.
Wilderness medicine: Your guide to treating illness or injury in the great outdoors
Wilderness medicine: Your guide to treating illness or injury in the great outdoorsAs a pediatrician accompanying friends, family, or youth groups, or because of coincidental proximity to accidents, we may be looked on to provide initial medical care for injured or sick children (or adults) in a wilderness setting far from our usual practice, and far from our usual comfort zone.
Is there a doctor on board?Dr. Afshar recounts an experience with assisting a patient with a medical emergency while on a transatlantic flight.
Emergency doctors missing stroke in young womenStroke symptoms are frequently missed in women, minorities, and young patients who visit an emergency department (ED), according to a recent study in Diagnosis.
Four ways to protect your practice's schedule against emergenciesThere are many ways a doctor’s schedule can get derailed — an expecting mother is ready to deliver her baby, a patient in respiratory distress needs immediate attention, or there is an influx of patients with influenza requesting to see a doctor. Do you have a scheduling disaster plan?