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Health officials warn of rise in heroin use in US
A new report shows that heroin is spreading through many communities of the United States. In fact, Baltimore City Health Commissioner and emergency medicine physician Lena Wen says that the drug can really affect anybody.
She notes, "I can tell you from my experience in the ER that you cannot predict this addiction, any more than you can predict who has diabetes. We see addiction in all walks of life, from 60-year-olds to teenagers, in people of all races, in men and women."
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AAEM Signs AllTrials Campaign Petition
AAEM signed the AllTrials petition calling for all past and present clinical trials to be registered and their full methods and summary results reported. Read more on the AllTrials website to learn more about the campaign: www.alltrials.net/find-out-more/all-trials/.
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AAEM and AAEM/RSA are heading to Capitol Hill to be a voice for emergency physicians. Join us on Sept. 29, 2015, for a full day of Hill activities. Start off with a "Lobbying 101" session and then meet face-to-face with lawmakers under the expert direction of our lobbying firm, Williams & Jensen. We need your support! Register today!
End-of-life policies affect patients, RNs
Increased public support of patients' rights is driving new state laws. Legal decisions about health issues and national legislation on healthcare funding could change the way care in the United States is accessed and funded. To help keep readers informed, Nurse.com highlights some important healthcare policy issues for nurses to watch. Here, Nurse.com explore end-of-life laws and how this legislation affects nurses' care of their patients.
New ICD-10 bill in House would permit dual coding for 180 days
Legislation proposed in the House would permit providers to code in either ICD-9 or ICD-10 for half a year after the ICD-10 implementation deadline, now set for Oct. 1.
The bill, Coding Flexibility in Healthcare Act of 2015 introduced by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, and co-sponsored by fellow Republican Rep. Tom Price, R-Georgia, a physician, would also require HHS to report to Congress 90 days after implementation of ICD-10 on the impacts the new codes are having on providers, patients and other stakeholders.
ICD-10 means more paperwork, less helping patients
The Washington Examiner
Have you ever been bitten by a sea lion? Pecked by a turkey? Or had two collisions in succession with a lamppost?
Welcome to ICD-10 — where each of the above scenarios has a corresponding government-mandated code.
The International Classification of Diseases is a coding system used in most countries for research purposes. Here in the United States, the medical community is also forced to use it for billing. Currently, the U.S. operates under ICD-9, which has 14,000 diagnostic codes.
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Care of patients in emergency department waiting rooms — an integrative review
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Generalizations and practice recommendations are limited due to the lack of available literature. Further research is required to evaluate the impact emergency department waiting room roles have on patient outcomes and staff perspectives.
Growing number of hospitals open ERs for the elderly
A growing number of hospitals across the nation are opening special emergency centers for seniors in order to address the complex healthcare needs of the elderly and cut down on complications and readmissions, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
For many senior adults — who make up a significant portion of emergency room visits each year — regular emergency medical treatment facilities can be chaotic and confusing. The new facilities are staffed with specially trained personnel and feature calmer, more comfortable surroundings to put patients at ease.
New method lets doctors see hardening of the arteries
A radioactive agent first pioneered in the 1960s for the purpose of detecting bone cancer can be applied to highlighting the build-up of calcium deposits in arteries, a condition that can provoke heart attack and stroke, researchers at the University of Cambridge, in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh, have shown.
Beyond tech: The human side of remote monitoring and health call centers
By Karen R. Thomas
What comes to mind when you think about remote patient monitoring?
The first thing most people think of are the various technologies that make this transfer of health data possible. They envision the remote monitoring devices that collect data such as weight, pulse, oxygen saturation, blood pressure, blood glucose readings and so on, and transmit that data back to a technology hub.
Food allergy ER cases increase
As schools and parents become more aware of potential food allergies for children, one state is reporting increased cases of children visiting the emergency room for treatment of severe food allergies.
The Associated Press reported that an analysis of Illinois hospital data showed that the number of ER visits relating to food allergies increased from 226 in 2008 to 590 in 2012. The study was unable to pin down what is driving the trend upward, the AP reported.
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