Emergency Medicine

Reimagining Emergency Departments Through Design

Maximizing the flow, function and aesthetic of emergency departments could be an effective way to improve the quality of emergent patient care.


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Cold Plasma for Tumor Eradication

The FDA has greenlighted a phase 1 clinical trial for cold atmospheric plasma technology that kills remaining microscopic tumors following tumor resection.

Researchers at Purdue University and other institutions developed an electrosurgical scalpel to...


Free-Standing EDs No Magic Bullet for Hospital ED Crowding

New research suggests building free-standing emergency departments (EDs) is not a sure path to relieving hospital ED crowding — at least not in major metropolitan areas.


Nearby Retail Clinics May Decrease Low-Acuity ER Visits, Researchers Find

Patients may visit the ER less often for conditions that do not require that level of care if a retail clinic operates close to their homes, a study by researchers from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and Princeton University suggests.


Stroke Treatment Uses Blood Flow to Trigger tPA Release

Researchers are developing a means to quickly dissolve blood clots using a drug-and-device combination that also reduces vascular injury.


Fostering Patient-physician Relationships in an Era of Retail Clinics

The American College of Physicians (ACP) has outlined some best practices for increasingly popular retail clinics — while stressing the importance of relationships between patients and primary care providers.


Freestanding Emergency Departments: Filling a Niche

In 1978, an Orkand Corp. survey of freestanding emergency departments (FEDs) counted roughly 55 such facilities in the United States. Today, that number is approaching 500, with the facilities banking on the advantages of brand growth and looking to increase patient volumes for hospital systems as well as provide additional access for patients.


Better Outcomes Key to Emergence of Geriatric ERs

Decreased readmission rates and increased patient satisfaction are crucial factors behind the rise of geriatric emergency rooms in hospitals around the country, say officials at facilities that provide the specialized ERs.


HCA Meets Growing Need for EDs in North Texas

As populations throughout north Texas continue to grow, healthcare delivery models are adapting to meet patients where they are, and Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) is at the forefront of those changes. 


Why the Worst Ebola Outbreak May Be Worse Than We Thought

The current Ebola epidemic is the most lethal episode of the disease since its discovery in 1976. And yet, even while more than tripling the number of deaths from any previous outbreak, the Ebola crisis may be vastly underestimated, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).