Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Emergency Medicine for February 2019. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.
HEART Care Pathway Reduces Admission, Stress Testing in ACS
THURSDAY, Feb. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Implementing a history, electrocardiogram, age, risk factors, and troponin (HEART) care pathway can reduce use of hospital care and noninvasive stress testing among patients with suspected acute coronary syndrome (ACS), according to a study published online Feb. 20 in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.
Stewardship Programs Decrease Inpatient Fluoroquinolone Rx
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Fluoroquinolone stewardship interventions at hospitals are associated with less fluoroquinolone prescribing during hospitalization but not at discharge, according to a study published online Feb. 13 in Clinical Infectious Diseases.
Converting Naloxone to OTC Expected to Increase Sales
TUESDAY, Feb. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The demand for naloxone is relatively inelastic with respect to changes in its out-of-pocket price, and conversion to an over-the-counter medication is expected to increase naloxone pharmacy sales, according to a study published online Feb. 20 in Health Services Research.
Prediction Rule IDs Febrile Infants 0 to 2 Months Old at Low Risk for SBIs
TUESDAY, Feb. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A new prediction rule can accurately identify febrile infants aged ≤60 days at low risk for serious bacterial infections (SBIs) using urinalysis, absolute neutrophil count (ANC), and procalcitonin levels, according to a study published online Feb. 18 in JAMA Pediatrics.
MRI Cardiac Stress Test Predicts Death From Heart Disease
TUESDAY, Feb. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Stress cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) can predict mortality in patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease (CAD), according to a study published online Feb. 8 in JAMA Cardiology.
2014 to 2017 Saw Improvement in Burnout for U.S. Physicians
MONDAY, Feb. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) — From 2014 to 2017, there was an improvement in burnout and satisfaction with work-life integration among U.S. physicians, according to a study published online Feb. 22 in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
Incidence of Acute Myocardial Infarctions Up Among Young Women