Last month, Health Affairs published new research on hepatitis C treatment in American prisons. Hepatitis C is a liver disease and the most common bloodborne pathogen in the United States, infecting approximately 1 percent of the general population.(1) Within the prison population, however, the prevalence of hepatitis C is higher: 17 percent. Prisoners are a key demographic to decrease the spread of hepatitis C, which is spread through IV drug abuse because approximately 20-55 percent of inmates have used IV drugs in the past.
Puncture wounds are common injuries treated in the emergency department (ED). Prior studies have shown that toothbrushes are common reservoirs for oral flora, especially in regions near the head of the toothbrush near the bristles. ED providers must be aware of the danger associated with bacterial contamination of the associated wound and should be familiar with different pathogens and options for treatment. We present a unique case of a 30-year-old male with non-intraoral injury who presented to the ED after puncturing his left palm with the metal post of an electric toothbrush.
Dr. Kohjah, Dr. Pines, and Dr. Meltzer abstracts from ACEP Research Forum were included in Annals of Emergency Medicine supplement publication.
The article discusses the link between disposition, the degree of ED crowding and how many total patients the physician making the admission decision was carrying at the time. And explores the cognitive psychology literature to understand the impact of “stress” on performance and judgment to offer some ideas to how to improve decison making.
Dr. Pines was also a co-author on an earlier article accepted by SAEM concerning decision making: Health Policy and Shared Decision Making in Emergency Care: A Research Agenda. As well as an article in Integrative Pathways: When Sciences Collide: Social, Statistical, and Health Sciences Research that Builds Voice While Informing Policy.
a new, quick CHF clinical prediction score at the bedside.
On September 8th, the American Journal of Emergency Medicine accepted and release online two articles authored by Dr. Pourmand.
Drs. Shokoohi, Boniface, Almehlisi, and Aalam's presentation of a "Young Man with Dyspnea" is published in the September issue of Annals of Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Pines and addtional GW researchers publish study in Health Affairs. The study finds Medicaid expansion in 2014 did not increase emergency department use, but did change the insurance payer mix.