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MS II, NYU School of Medicine

WDYS: Palliation – Expert and Community Commentary

This month’s case featured a patient who could benefit from a palliative care consult initiated by Emergency Department clinicians. We focused on talking to patients and families about palliative care issues, and initiating this conversation before patients were admitted.  […]

WDYS: Palliation

Patients come to the emergency department at all stages of their illnesses, seeking medical care, emotional comfort, and improved quality of life. For a growing subset of chronically ill patients, care at the emergency department should not only include life-prolonging interventions traditionally associated with a visit to the ED, but routine care should also include early palliative care intervention.

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WDYS: A Prescription for Opioid Prescriptions – Expert and Community Commentary

This month’s case focused on talking to patients about opioid prescriptions, given the high risk for misuse and overdose with this class of analgesic. […]

WDYS: A Prescription for Opioid Prescriptions

As healthcare providers, one of our primary obligations is to relieve suffering. Often, this comes in the form of effectively managing a patient’s pain through the use of analgesics. […]

WDYS: Talking about tPA – Expert and Community Commentary

Last week marked the launch of the What Do You Say? case series, and what a great first week it was. This month’s case focused on patient education regarding tPA use in ischemic stroke. […]

WDYS: Talking about tPA

The use of Alteplase (tPA) in the setting of ischemic stroke has grown to be one of the most controversial issues in emergency medicine and for good reason. It is a trifecta of hardship: time is limited, the evidence for treatment is unclear, and patients are especially vulnerable to the information we provide when making a life changing decision. Unfortunately, most patients have not kept tabs on the literature, and when their health is on the line it is up to you to lay out their options for care.

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Decision Aids for Chest Pain: How much is too much information?

The treatment, testing, education, and disposition of patients presenting to the emergency department with chest pain is of great concern to all emergency physicians—especially those patients who fall into low-risk categories. These low-risk chest pain patients are more likely to undergo unnecessary downstream procedures, suffer avoidable complications, and contribute to unnecessary healthcare expenditures. These patients […]