ADVANCING THE STANDARD OF CARE - CARDIOVASCULAR AND NEUROVASCULAR EMERGENCIES (2006)

ADVANCING THE STANDARD OF CARE - CARDIOVASCULAR AND NEUROVASCULAR EMERGENCIES (2006)

EMCREG–International is pleased to present this complimentary 84-page CME monograph covering the proceedings of our satellite symposium at the ACEP Scientific Assembly in New Orleans, Louisiana. A number of important topics are covered in this monograph including management of non-ST-segment elevation and ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome (ACS), the CRUSADE Quality Improvement Initiative, decreasing time to treatment for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, direct thrombin inhibitors in ACS, acute decompensated heart failure care, the use of lactate as a marker for trauma and sepsis, point-of-care testing for cardiac biomarkers, the management of hypertension in acute neurovascular emergencies and advances in acute stroke care.

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COMPUTERIZED TOMOGRAPHIC CORONARY ANGIOGRAPHY FOR THE EVALUATION OF ED PATIENTS WITH POTENTIAL ACUTE CORONARY SYNDROMES

COMPUTERIZED TOMOGRAPHIC CORONARY ANGIOGRAPHY FOR THE EVALUATION OF ED PATIENTS WITH POTENTIAL ACUTE CORONARY SYNDROMES

The diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) represents one of the most difficult tasks facing clinicians in the acute care environment. In this EMCREG-International Newsletter, Drs. Judd Hollander and Howard Litt describe an important new modality for visualizing the coronary artery anatomy in patients with possible ACS – using 64-slice multidetector computed tomography coronary angiography.

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HYPERTENSION MANAGEMENT IN ACUTE NEUROVASCULAR EMERGENCIES

HYPERTENSION MANAGEMENT IN ACUTE NEUROVASCULAR EMERGENCIES

For patients with acute ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, and subarachnoid hemorrhage, appropriate treatment is based on understanding the complex pathophysiology of these disease processes as well as the characteristics of the drugs used to treat hypertension in these individuals. In this clinical update newsletter, Dr. Arthur Pancioli expands the knowledge base of emergency physicians and all clinicians treating these critically-ill patients will improve outcome.

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LACTATE – A MARKER FOR SEPSIS AND TRAUMA

LACTATE – A MARKER FOR SEPSIS AND TRAUMA

While lactate testing has been in medical arena for over a century, its utility in the emergency department for the evaluation of these potentially critically ill patients is only now being recognized. In this newsletter Andra L. Blomkalns, MD aims to review the present literature on lactate testing in the clinical environment as it pertains to its use for emergency department patients.

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POINT-OF-CARE TESTING FOR CARDIAC BIOMARKERS IN THE ED: A BLUEPRINT FOR IMPLEMENTATION

POINT-OF-CARE TESTING FOR CARDIAC BIOMARKERS IN THE ED: A BLUEPRINT FOR IMPLEMENTATION

The development of a POC testing program will require collaboration between emergency physicians and cardiologists, laboratorians, and hospital administrators. As the individual POC tests often cost more than the batch run central laboratory assays, determining the cost effectiveness of POC testing requires an understanding of how faster results can decrease time to disposition from the emergency department and speed the delivery of guideline-based therapies to patients with ACS.

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