Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Emergency Medicine for January 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.
Medical Scribes Up Productivity for Emergency Medicine Doctors
THURSDAY, Jan. 31, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Use of medical scribes in the emergency department improves physician productivity and reduces patient length of stay, according to a study published online Jan. 30 in The BMJ.
Infective Endocarditis Related to Injection Drug Use Rising
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The risk for infective endocarditis related to injection drug use increased from 2006 to 2015, according to a study published online Jan. 28 in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.
Hand Hygiene Compliance Low Among EMS Providers
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 30 2019 (HealthDay News) — Among emergency medical service (EMS) providers, compliance with hand hygiene (HH) is low, according to a study published online Jan. 28 in the Emergency Medical Journal.
More Severe Injuries Sustained at Jump Parks Versus Home Trampolines
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The proportion of fractures/dislocations, lower-extremity fractures, fractures in adults, and surgical interventions is higher for injuries associated with jump parks versus home trampolines, according to a study published in the Jan. 1 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
NOACs Recommended as First-Line Prevention of Stroke in A-Fib
TUESDAY, Jan. 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) — For patients with atrial fibrillation, novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are recommended over warfarin to prevent stroke and weight loss is recommended for overweight and obese individuals, according to updated guidelines published online Jan. 28 in Circulation.
Older Adults With Comorbidities Identified as Frequent ED Users
TUESDAY, Jan. 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) — More than 5 percent of seniors visit emergency departments more than six times in one year, according to a study published online Jan. 28 in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.
Helmet Use Low Among Standing Electric Scooter Riders
MONDAY, Jan. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Helmet use is low among patients presenting to the emergency department with injuries associated with standing electric scooter use, according to a study published online Jan. 25 in JAMA Network Open.
Washington State Declares Health Emergency as Measles Spreads