ADVANCING THE STANDARD OF CARE - CARDIOVASCULAR AND NEUROVASCULAR EMERGENCIES (2007)

ADVANCING THE STANDARD OF CARE - CARDIOVASCULAR AND NEUROVASCULAR EMERGENCIES (2007)

A number of important topics are covered in this monograph including acute coronary syndrome, the diagnosis of transient ischemic attack and stroke, the treatment of ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, the management of hypertension in acute neurovascular emergencies, the management of hypertensive urgencies and emergencies, markers for severe bacterial infections, the treatment of sepsis, risk stratification of possible acute coronary syndrome, the optimal management of NSTEMI and STEMI, treatment of acute heart failure syndrome, and the diagnosis and treatment of deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.

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SICK OR NOT SICK? : EVOLVING BIOMARKERS FOR SEVERE BACTERIAL INFECTION

SICK OR NOT SICK? : EVOLVING BIOMARKERS FOR SEVERE BACTERIAL INFECTION

In the United States, sepsis accounts for over 751,000 cases, 215,000 deaths, and 16.7 billion dollars in health care costs annually. Severe sepsis kills more individuals than breast, colon, rectal, pancreatic, and prostate cancer combined. With the difficulties associated with access to primary care and more aggressive emphasis on rapid hospital discharge and outpatient surgeries, sepsis ranks as one of the highest prevalence, highest mortality, and most expensive conditions that an emergency physician will encounter.

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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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