Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine

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0.5 hours | ACCME, ANCC

COURSE DESCRIPTION

According to published research, the elderly have the highest rate of ED use among all adult patient groups. Poor outcomes, such as death or an ICU admission shortly after discharge from the ED, can be catastrophic events. Data on outcomes after elderly patients are discharged from the ED are important patient safety and quality of care issues, but few analyses have investigated the specific risk factors that lead to these events. Previous studies have used clinical data to identify predictors of poor outcomes after discharge from the ED. While this is an important first step in understanding the problem, previous research has been limited. Most studies on this issue do not have follow-up information because the elderly may go to other hospitals or EDs to receive care after they are discharged. Much of the available research lacks direct access to patient records and cannot identify patient and process-of-care characteristics that were inherent to ED encounters.

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Standard: Free
0.5 hours | ACCME, ANCC

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Since emergency physicians (EPs) have a unique skill set for rapid assessments and stabilization, they are often the most qualified bystanders to act as a “Good Samaritans” by providing such care when it is safe to do so. However, with the exception of Good Samaritan events on airplanes and in schools, little is known about how often or in which locations these events occur. Several organizations have advised EPs to carry an emergency kit in the event of needing to provide emergency care, but recommendations for the content of these kits are largely based on consensus or expert opinion. Many kits focus mostly on airway protection and hemorrhage control. An inventory of commonly used supplies and medications has yet to be established. Oftentimes, stories of EPs providing care outside of their official roles are shared among colleagues, but exploring how often and where these events occur may help improve our preparedness and how we handle these situations in the future.

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Standard: Free