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EDs Offer Online Appointments to Decrease Wait TimesSource: SF Gate
Some facilities are providing patients with non-life threatening sickness or injury the opportunity to make online appointments for time slots at their local ED. Some contend this will help emergency medicine physicians and nurses better plan and prepare for their patients. However, others argue that if patients are able to wait for an appointment, then the ED is not where they should be seeking medical help and perhaps an urgent care clinic or primary care physician would be a better, more cost-effective option.
Do You Screen for Teen Dating Violence in Your Emergency Department?
Recent research published by ACEP shows new evidence that a large number of teens and adolescents have experienced dating violence of different varieties. Strongly correlated to depression and drug and alcohol abuse, what researchers have dubbed dating violence can vary from aggression to physical violence. ACEP warns that behaviors like these can carry on to adulthood and adult intimate relationships, but interventional education in the ED can help break the cycle of violence.
Do you have concerns about EHR adoption in your practice? Take our poll.
Adopting and implementing electronic health records can be a stressful, costly and overwhelming experience for physicians. While the government offers incentives and assistance for doctors learning how to use EHRs, it also can fine and publicly name the doctors or healthcare systems who fail to keep patient privacy safe.
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Some Parents Use EDs to Get Children Back into Day Care
Researchers find that policies for when children can be excluded from day care may be unnecessarily overused, which leaves many parents scrambling to find childcare coverage or deciding to take time off from work. However, many times, day care facilities require a doctor’s note for the child to be readmitted and employers want to see the same note to excuse parents from missing work. This drives parents – especially single parents or those from lower socioeconomic statuses – to EDs seeking written proof of their children’s health. It is the fastest and most convenient way to get their children back to school and for parents to get back to work, but will it lead to widespread misuse of already overworked EDs?