19-51 Segment 1: Christmas In The E.R.: It’s No Holiday

Christmas In The E.R.: It’s No Holiday

Winter in general, and the holidays in particular, are the busiest time of year in hospital emergency departments, even in places where it doesn’t snow. Experts discuss the increase in deaths of all kinds, including the “Merry Christmas Coronary” and possible reasons those deaths bounce up.

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Medical Notes: Week of September 1, 2019

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of September 1, 2019.

Mental Health in the ER

Many people having a mental health crisis go to the emergency room. However, ER’s are not well equipped to handle them, and many patients are boarded there for hours or even days without treatment. Experts discuss the reasons for the failure, the outcomes it produces, and solutions that have been successful in limited trials.

When Law Enforcement and Trauma Care Collide

Many patients arrive in the emergency room as a result of violence or car crashes—events in which police have an investigative interest. Sometimes, police needs clash with trauma care, and priorities are hashed out case by case. Experts discuss which priorities come first and when, and the procedures needed to smooth out sometimes contentious interaction.

Medical Notes: Week of February 17, 2019

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of December 30, 2018.

All for the treatment of the patient

17-01 Segment 1: Reengineering the ICU

Hospital intensive care units appear to be a model of high tech, but systems engineers say ICU’s are actually models of inefficiency.