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Excellent Hospitals With Poor EDs Aren’t Prepared for EbolaSource: ABC News
The first U.S. hospital to receive an actual Ebola patient had an unprepared emergency department. The hospital itself met or exceeded 75 percent of quality of care measurements, but the ED did not meet any of the five national patient safety and quality benchmarks of the hospital. Even though the hospital can provide the highest quality of care, its ED was not ready to appropriate recognize or diagnose Ebola. After the Texas incident, hospitals around the country are changing their strategies in their EDs to prepare for potential Ebola cases.
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Most Overdoses in EDs Come From Opioid Prescriptions
U.S. emergency departments see more overdoses from prescription opioids than any other drug. They contribute to leading cause of death in the country but there are not many studies conducted about overdoses presented to EDs. Researchers recently conducted a study of opioid overdoses in EDs and found most of these patients had common traits, such as mental illness or circulatory and respiratory diseases. This leads the researchers to urge physicians to be careful with these prescriptions and to educate their patients. View the complete article here
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