Category: Physician Encounters

A doctor was sued for malpractice. He tried to fight it. It cost him nearly everything.

Scott Plantz remembers the exact date he received notice he was being sued for medical malpractice. His wife, Cynna, gave birth to their only child that day in 2009. They had spent five years and more than $100,000 on in

Urgent Care Centers Are More Popular Than Ever, Study Says | Time

Urgent care centers are increasingly becoming Americans’ go-to option for certain health problems, according to a new study. Visits to urgent care clinics increased by 119% among commercially insured Americans between 2008 and 2015, according to new research published in JAMA Internal

Study: Trips to ERs down, urgent care centers up for minor ills

Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston analyzed 2008-2015 data from Aetna, the commercial health insurance company. “The drop in emergency department visits is quite striking and represents a substantial shift in where patients go to get care for conditions such

Study: Emergency Room Visits Decrease As Urgent Cares Become More Popular

People with minor medical conditions are taking fewer trips to the emergency room, trading in the hospital for urgent care centers instead. According to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine on Tuesday, emergency department visits from 2008 to 2015 for low-acuity

Emergency Department Revisits After an Initial Parenteral Antibiotic Dose for UTI 

BACKGROUND: Although oral antibiotics are recommended for the management of most urinary tract infections (UTIs), the administration of parenteral antibiotics before emergency department (ED) discharge is common. We investigated the relationship between the administration of a single dose of parenteral antibiotics

When an Iowa Family Doctor Takes On the Opioid Epidemic – The New York Times

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — A newborn had arrived for his checkup, prompting Dr. Nicole Gastala to abandon her half-eaten lunch and brace for the afternoon crush. An older man with diabetes would follow, then a pregnant teenager, a possible case of

This E.R. Treats Opioid Addiction on Demand. That’s Very Rare. – The New York Times

OAKLAND, Calif. — Every year, thousands of people addicted to opioids show up at hospital emergency rooms in withdrawal so agonizing it leaves them moaning and writhing on the floor. Usually, they’re given medicines that help with vomiting or diarrhea

9 unforgettable emergency room stories

The next time you have an embarrassing situation or accident, I want you to keep in mind that compared to what doctors see on a daily basis, it is likely no one will blink twice. Here are some of my

The Cognitive Dissonance of Narcotic Prescribing by Dr. Edwin Leap –

I know a bit about the opioid epidemic ravaging America.  My wife and I grew up in West Virginia and follow the news from home. I practice emergency medicine in rural South Carolina, and have worked in Georgia, North Carolina, Kentucky

Rural doctors, you may be the last, best hope for someone. by Dr. Edwin Leap –

Recently, while on a locums assignment in a very small, rural hospital, I cared for a gentleman with chest pain.  His discomfort seemed classic for an MI, but his EKG did not. So I treated him as normal with aspirin