Five key trends to look for in the emergency department

From KevinMD:

Patients have been arriving at the doors of emergency departments in increasing numbers over the past decade, and this trend will only grow in the future. I believe there are five key factors that suggest every ED should brace itself for a never-ending rush hour.

As the CEO of a physician group that provides medical care to over 4 million patients per year, I have the opportunity to study in great detail the trends in patient acuity, demographics and yearly visits in more than 80 emergency departments and watch the monthly variations. I recently asked staff, with the assistance of our in-house biostatistician, to project the ED patient volume in the future based solely on the incremental increase in the past patient volume in the past decade, while making no other assumptions.

Woman collapses, wheeled out of Heart Attack Grill

From Fox5Vegas:

A diner was taken out of the Heart Attack Grill on a stretcher in downtown Las Vegas by paramedics Saturday night after suffering an apparent medical episode.

Lakewood school calls wrong mom to emergency room after son has seizure

From the News Tribune:

As the emergency unfolded and medical help was summoned, an instructor at Northwest Career and Technical High School pulled the wrong paperwork out of a three-ring binder containing student emergency information, school officials acknowledge.

Doctors say teens go to hospitals after drinking hand sanitizer

From the LA Times:

Doctors are warning parents about a dangerous new trend after six teenagers drank hand sanitizer and ended up in San Fernando Valley emergency rooms with alcohol poisoning.

Teenagers are using salt to separate the alcohol from the sanitizer, doctors said.

“It’s essentially a shot of hard liquor,” said Cyrus Rangan, director of the toxicology bureau for the Los Angeles County public health department and a medical toxicology consultant for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “All it takes is just a few swallows and you have a drunk teenager.”