Patients presenting with chest pain associated with normal EKGs, negative cardiac enzymes, and few cardiac risk factors are designated “low-risk,” and can often be safely to discharge from the emergency department (ED) for early patient follow-up if no emergent conditions are found.
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Level of consciousness (LOC) is a measurement of arousal and response to external stimuli. An altered (from individual baseline) LOC can be caused by insufficient oxygenation, traumatic injury, or changes to the chemical environment of the brain.
A recent article in The British Medical Journal highlights the impact of a web based aid to help in the decision for either admission for observation or referral for outpatient workup in those with chest pain.
A new article by Nagurney et al. in press in the Annals of Emergency Medicine examined association between emergency department (ED) visits and functional decline in the community-living geriatric population.