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Despite government media releases to the contrary, the National Health Call Centre Network (healthdirect Australia) is dismally failing its reported aim of “helping to ease demand on emergency wards and general practice”, according to an editorial in the latest issue of Emergency Medicine Australasia, the journal of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine.
Demand for public emergency department (ED) care increased by 37% over the decade ending at the beginning of 2010.
Doctors treating a man with severe vertigo two days after a grappling injury while training in mixed martial arts have called for stricter regulations if the sports are allowed to continue.
A study of electronic data generated from over 33,000 emergency department attendances has raised concerns about the “fitness for purpose” of the information for care and planning, information sharing, research and quality assurance. The research is published as an Early View paper in Emergency Medicine Australasia, the journal of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine.
A study of hydrofluoric acid poisoning published as an Early View article in Emergency Medicine Australasia, the journal of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, has prompted warning calls for special care when handling common products containing it.
Potentially fatal exercise-associated hyponatraemia (EAH) occurs in trekkers on the Kokoda Trail as well as in endurance athletics.
Prevention of falls in the elderly is essential if we are to reduce the death rate, a Perth study has found. The study is published in an Early View article in Emergency Medicine Australasia, the journal of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine.
Hospital access block and emergency department overcrowding continues to be a problem in tertiary hospitals in New Zealand.
Emergency medicine is at the front line of managing futile treatment and providing the best death possible in all circumstances, according to the authors of a paper published as an “Early View” in Emergency Medicine Australasia, the journal of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine.
Doctors need to stop being used as agents of the drug industry in the complex financial arrangement between drug companies and consumers, according to the writers of an editorial in the latest issue of Emergency Medicine Australasia, the journal of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine.
Patients around the world will have noticed drug company logos on items on their doctors’ desks, but may not be aware that sponsorship extends to advertising in medical journals and even freebie trips for doctors.
Attempts to improve overcrowded emergency departments (EDs) and access blocked patients by imposing a four-hour rule may be useful in altering behaviour but such changes have not been applied systematically in every case, with an excessive focus on the ED itself and insufficient focus on the real issues, according to papers by high-profile international specialists in the field.
While the incidence of on-road motorcycle-related death in adults has decreased, off-road motorcycle-related major trauma has increased, and this has not been targeted in injury prevention campaigns in Australia.
Despite improved safety measures, the incidence of trauma related to trams has increased, even when adjusted for population growth, a Melbourne study has found.
One-third of patients attending a hospital emergency department (ED) are smokers, much higher than the rate for the rest of the population.
Patient obesity significantly increases the difficulty of their management in the emergency department (ED), a study of 750 patients has found.
Young heroin users are relatively high users of acute hospital care services, and women use the services more than men.
In modern developed countries with adequate emergency response systems and extensive resources, deaths which occur in floods are almost all preventable.
Hospitals’ access block issues are far from resolved - needing national focus while affecting everyone and resulting in increased mortality.
New study shows prescribing errors can be reduced when paramedics increase the frequency of patients bringing their medications to the emergency department.
The increasing use of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) may result in increasing numbers of burn injuries, as most people are unaware of the dangers and of appropriate first aid.