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Patient Experience Measurement in the ED

Patient Experience Measurement in the ED

Ameer Khalek February 21, 2018 Patient experience encompasses the range of interactions that patients have with their providers and healthcare system.  There are many good reasons to measure and report on patient experience data and subsequently reward providers and...

Natural Disasters and Hospital Care

Natural Disasters and Hospital Care

Leah Steckler, MD January 15th, 2018 As we enter the New Year, it is hard to forget the many lessons of 2017, a year that will likely be remembered for several reasons, among them the seemingly never-ending natural disasters. This past September, Hurricane Maria was...

Is urgent primary care follow-up after ED discharge realistic?

Is urgent primary care follow-up after ED discharge realistic?

Evan Kuhl, MD December 4, 2017 More than two thirds of patients seen in an emergency department (ED) leave with instructions to follow-up, often for further diagnosis or treatment of chronic conditions. This practice is supported by numerous guidelines, and many...

Buprenorphine as treatment for opioid withdrawal

Buprenorphine as treatment for opioid withdrawal

Leah Steckler, MD November 20th, 2017 According to the Centers for Disease Control, opioids were involved in 33,091 deaths in 2015 and overdoses have increased four-fold since 1999, including both illicit and prescribed opioid medications (1). This dramatic increase...

Preparing for Tragedy: Lessons learned from Charlottesville

Preparing for Tragedy: Lessons learned from Charlottesville

Greg Jasani  November 8, 2017 At 1:42 pm on August 12th, 2017, a speeding car rammed into a group of protestors who had gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia, resulting in many injuries.  In the ensuing hours, the University of Virginia Health System (UVAHS) would be...

Earlier Discharge for Chest Pain Patients

Earlier Discharge for Chest Pain Patients

Greg Jasani  October 16, 2017 Chest pain is one of the most common chief complaints of patients who present to emergency departments.  It accounts for over 7 million visits and is the most common chief complaint in patients over the age of 65.[i],[ii] It is also...

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