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March 2nd, 2017

Peritonsillar abscess management on the Emergency Department: conservative or surgical approach?

By Elizabeth Zimmermann elizabethzimmermann

Author: Dante LS Souza What is Peritonsillar Abscess? Peritonsillar abscess (PTA) is a collection of pus between the capsule of the palatine tonsil and the pharyngeal muscles. It is the most common deep neck space infection, both in children (49%) and adults (30%), representing  the most frequent indication for non-elective otolaryngological hospital admissions. According to […]

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Tags: Emergency Medicine, peritonsillar abscess

February 14th, 2017

Is too sick to go home also too sick for the floor?

By Elizabeth Zimmermann elizabethzimmermann

What patients admitted from the Emergency Department to a general floor/ward will deteriorate? Author Shawna Bellew, MD (@SBellzMD) “That patient is going to trigger a rapid response team activation the minute they hit the floor.” Whether said by a nurse, a resident, or the accepting physician, most emergency medicine physicians have heard some version of […]

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Tags: Emergency Medicine, PeRRT Score, rapid response team

January 3rd, 2017

Integrating patient preferences in the delivery of Emergency Care. Kano analysis predicts change in experience.

By Elizabeth Zimmermann elizabethzimmermann

In our publication in Annals of Emergency Medicine, Pilot Study of Kano “Attractive Quality” Techniques to Identify Change in Emergency Department Patient Experience, we describe our efforts to improve our patient’s perception of receiving concern and sensitivity from their healthcare providers. The project originated in 2012, when our patients reported lower than expected ratings of […]

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Tags: Annals of Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Kano model, Venkatesh Bellamkonda

December 22nd, 2016

Is there method in the madness: observation vs. full admission

By Elizabeth Zimmermann elizabethzimmermann

Last night a 68-year old male presented to the Emergency Department with chest pain. His pain lasted 45 minutes and resolved with 2 nitroglycerin tablets. He has history of coronary artery disease, stents placed within the past 2 years and a previous myocardial infarction. He has hypertension and diabetes. He was pain free by the […]

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Tags: AARP, Academic Emergency Medicine, chest pain, Emergency Medicine, Fernanda Bellolio, observation status, OptumLabs

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