In 2010, Ohio became the state with fourth highest rate of overdoses in the US, a title which it defended until becoming number three in 2016 and number two the following year.1 While victims increase in number, they decrease in age. This past year the population of Ohio lost a collective 500,000 years.2 This trend is prominent in the northeast, a region of Ohio hit so hard by the opioid epidemic that funeral home revenues are reported to have spiked.3 However, a small community hospital in Summit County is fighting back.
The emergency department has become a prominent battle-ground for our nation’s opioid epidemic. The CDC estimates that between July 2016 and September 2017 over 140,000 patients visited an ER for overdose nationwide.
A patient presents in the emergency department (ED) with a nose bleed that won’t stop or a menstrual period lasting several weeks. Although bleeding disorders are rare, they often first present to the ED.
Radiographic contrast media is considered a common cause of hospital-acquired renal insufficiency, yet the latest research on contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) suggests there may be no relationship between contrast use and renal injury1,2. A recent article by Dr.
As described in a previous Urgent Matters blog post, opioid prescriptions in the emergency department (ED) have the potential to cause long-term opioid use (defin