Browsing: Infectious Disease

Meningitis is a cause for concern when it comes to a patient in the ED. It is one of those cannot-miss diagnoses, as there are devastating neurological complications that can occur if bacterial, funga
Sepsis identification tools have many criticisms and vulnerabilities. The value of different sepsis care pathways has been a major area of research and discussion among clinicians. This has caused lar
The effects of COVID-19 on the health care system continue to evolve. While patients stayed away during lockdown, they are now flooding emergency departments with more acute illnesses due to lack of p
COVID-19 vaccine campaigns saved lives and reduced the number and severity of COVID cases in the United States. What did this mean to the business of health care? Significant cost savings.
It is important to consider West Nile Virus as a major cause of neuroinvasive disease and acute flaccid paralysis. If a febrile, altered patient comes into the ED with focal neurological deficits, it
Behind typhoid fever and urinary tract infections, cat-scratch disease is the third most common cause of fever of unknown origin in pediatric patients. CSD should be high on the diagnostic radar whene
Rare, but possible, diagnosis of epidural abscess must be considered when a pediatric patient presents with back pain. When diagnosed, carefully evaluate the risks and benefits of medical versus surgi
Although post COVID-19 fatigue and weakness are common and often benign complaints, high suspicion for Guillain-Barré syndrome should be upheld when evaluating patients, as there have been numerous ca
The COVID-19 pandemic significantly lowered ED patient volumes, resulting in decreased hours for emergency physicians and a difficult job market. Could the current fee-for-service reimbursement model
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