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The objectives of the study were to determine age- and sex-related trends in hospitalization after injuries. Statewide hospitalization data from 1980-1999 were evaluated annually by sex and age (0-39, 40-64, 65-99), incidence, mean length of stay (LOS), and disposition. Males 0-39 represented...
The objective of the study was to evaluate our experience with esophageal foreign body (EFB) removal comparing the use of ketamine-midazolam (K-M) and fentanyl-midazolam (F-M) in the emergency department (ED), to admission and general anesthesia (GA) in the operating room (OR). A retrospective...
The objective of the study was to describe parenteral analgesic and sedative (PAS) use among patients treated in US emergency departments (EDs). Data representing 6 consecutive years (1992-1997) from the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS) were combined and analyzed....
Although depression is the most common psychiatric disorder in the elderly, it is often unrecognized by physicians. The objective of the study was to assess the utility of a 3-question screening instrument (ED-DSI) to detect depression among elderly emergency department (ED) patients. We used a...
Epistaxis and hypertension are frequent in the general population, but an association is still controversial. Aim of this retrospective cohort study was to test if active epistaxis at emergency department (ED) presentation is associated with hypertension. Patients with active epistaxis at ED...
Bedside ultrasonography is rapidly gaining popularity in the evaluation of emergency patients. Several manufacturers have developed hand-held ultrasound machines that make the technology easy to transport and available in settings where such diagnostic tests were previously unobtainable. The...
Nasal foreign bodies in children are often encountered in emergency medicine and many methods of removal exist. This study examines the nasal positive pressure technique, a method not previously described in the literature. A retrospective chart review of nasal foreign body removal using the...
Hemophilia is a rare disorder affecting 1 in 5,000 males. Because hemophilia-associated hemorrhage may occur at anytime, affected males frequently seek care in the ED. We studied the epidemiology of ED visits by males with hemophilia. The medical records of all identified Coloradan males with...
Clenched fist injuries to the mouth ((ldquo )fight bite(rdquo )) are notorious for being the worst human bites. These are often treated as minor injuries, without the recognition that the joint capsule, the extensor tendon, or the deep fascial spaces may have been violated and contaminated with...
For understanding the feasibility of full computerization of an emergency department (ED), we investigated the completion rate performed by doctors, nurses, or registration clerks since the implementation of full computerization in our ED. We evaluated the changing style of chart-recording, from...
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