Category: Physician Encounters

Emergency care for elderly can be dangerous

In 2005, when physician Kevin Biese was a medical resident in Boston, a 92-year-old woman with a urinary tract infection arrived by ambulance at a hospital emergency room. Her behavior — confusion and lethargy — suggested she also was suffering

Why the Doctor Is Crying in Bohemian Rhapsody

Published on November 16, 2018 Louis M. Profeta MD I spoke recently at Marian University School of Medicine, one of those “older doc speaks to younger doc” career path kinda talks. I explained how I really didn’t know shit about

At HCMC, doctors pursue new way to treat opioid addiction – StarTribune.com

Tonya Rainey, left, hugged physician assistant Kitty Earl-Torniainen after a discussion about fighting her heroin addiction. Tonya Rainey estimates that she has cycled through hospital emergency rooms more than 50 times since she became addicted to opioids seven years ago.

Some patients are in pain. Some just want drugs. How do I tell them apart?

Brittany was a drug-seeker I knew by name, and I was not surprised when she rolled into the ER for the third time that month. As she lay on a wheeled paramedic bed pushed by an ambulance crew through big

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

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