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Infographic - Heading: A new paradigm in emergency care; Venn diagram: Forward triage and Virtual Care; Block1: Proactive engagement of those at risk; block 2: Patient calls for help (prompt, responsive & safe care); three arrows leading to home and hospi
July 14, 2020

Today, emergency room physicians see too many patients who have delayed treatment for heart attacks, strokes, and other serious conditions because of COVID-19 fears. In some cases, the results are needlessly catastrophic. Decisions to activate emergency care for life-threatening episodes appear to be dominated by perceptions that our nation’s emergency care infrastructure is either overwhelmed or unable to safely manage a call for help.

Map of the Hospital Command Centers in the US and Canada
July 07, 2020

Just like NASA’s mission control analyzes data and provides feedback to optimize a mission in space, a hospital command center does the same for the nurses and clinicians caring for patients on the wards.1  In the past, “incident command centers” were established to temporarily assist health systems to manage operations when confronted with emergencies of a grand scale such as natural disaster.  In recent years, command centers have been established as a permanent operational model to manage the complex daily processes of a health system. 

Logo: Department of Emergency Medicine - Operational Medicine - The GW Medical Faculty Associates; Pictures: home, out-patient, and drive-through testing
May 04, 2020

In the past month, the George Washington University Emergency Medicine group has established a COVID-19 Emergency Medicine Strike Team(5). In collaboration with the DC Department of Health (DOH) and the GW Medical Faculty Associates, the EMED Strike Team has established three different mechanisms for testing patients with goals of balancing access to testing, protection of the public, and protection of healthcare workers.  All three mechanisms keep patients out of traditional clinics and hospital emergency rooms and may decrease the spread of disease to the general public.

Graphic: depicting electronic health records being hacked and put up from sale on the dark web; Electronic Health Record by Bold Yellow, Download by Gregor Cresnar, Web Money by Pravin Unagar, hacker by karina from the Noun Project
April 02, 2020

Justin Hull, Jordan Selzer MD, Andrew Meltzer MD

Imagine receiving a phone call or email notifying you that your most personal information such as your medical history, medications, social security number and much more has been stolen. Now imagine you are only one of 79 million people who received this notification. This scenario is not hypothetical; it was the largest medical data breach to date. In 2014, the health insurance company Anthem suffered a massive cybersecurity attack, compromising the health information of millions of individuals.

HAVI logo; caption: The Health Alliance for Violence Intervention
March 27, 2020

Genevieve Kupsky

Firearm violence is a topic that is all too familiar to clinicians who work in the emergency department. In the urban settings in which gunshot wounds are commonplace, they are merely a blip on the radar of inner-city violence. Though interpersonal violence is often dismissed as inevitable among the general public, the CDC now recognizes violence as a preventable public health problem.

Icon of hacker sending code to a pacemaker to stop the heart
February 24, 2020

Justin Hull, Jordan Selzer MD, Andrew Meltzer MD

February 12, 2020

“Currently, we control your hospital. We own your servers. We own your systems. We own your patients’ medical records.

December 11, 2019

Seventy-nine percent of suicides occur in developing countries and hanging is the second most likely method of suicide attempt in developing countries1,2. Efforts to prevent hanging are hindered by the social stigma of depression and suicide and the lack of an effective prevention strategy. In this mini-review, we discuss the current epidemiology and prevention strategies of hanging as a suicide attempt in the developing world, discuss the physiology of hanging and near hanging and describe the results of our recently published protocol for the initial management of near-hanging patients.