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Aspiration of gastric contents by endotracheally intubated patients is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Previous studies suggest that pepsin in tracheal aspirates may be a valuable marker of occult aspiration. We sought to show the sensitivity and specificity of a new,...
The purpose of this study was to determine what percentage of ED patients would be more efficiently treated in an offsite clinic. A stratified sample consisting of 650 ED visits were reviewed. Patient care was classified as more efficiently delivered in ED or clinic using prospectively developed...
Hand and finger injuries are common injuries in children seen in emergency departments. Many of these are soft tissue injuries, which are often caused by household items, such as doors and exercise equipment. Once these injuries are repaired, usually they are covered with a simple dressing using...
To assess the current state of photokeratoconjunctivitis (PKC) and compare patients caused by different light sources, we recruited 106 consecutive cases from August 2001 to March 2002 through the emergency department at a teaching hospital in Taiwan and conducted questionnaire interviews and...
Preventable medical errors may be due to incorrect drug dosage based on poor weight estimation. This study was to examine the accuracy of patient weight estimations in an emergency medical setting. This prospective study enrolled a convenience sample of medically stable adults. The patient’s...
The objectives of this study were to determine the effect of Limited English Proficiency (LEP) visits and acuity status on admission rates from a pediatric ED. A retrospective cohort study was performed using a fully computerized medical record, which includes information on language spoken,...
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