An article in the Academic Emergency Medicine focuses on Atrial fibrillation and flutter (AF), a common condition among emergency department (ED) patients in the United States (US). The project convened an expert panel to create a practical framework for the process of creating, implementing and maintaining an outpatient AF pathway for emergency physicians to assess and treat AF patients, safely reduce hospitalization rates, ensure appropriate stroke prophylaxis, and effectively transition patients to longitudinal outpatient treatment settings from the ED and/or observation unit.
Another article for Western Journal of Emergency Medicine examines Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP). The authors review the history, evidence, and adoption of best practice guidelines in state PDMPs with a focus on how to best deploy PDMPs in emergency departments (ED). Specifically, analyzing the current PDMP model and providing recommendations for PDMP developers and EDs to help meet the informational needs of ED providers with the goal of better detection and prevention of prescription drug abuse.