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Holt TE. Men's Health. November 3, 2006.
This series includes articles on "doorway diagnosis" (or a doctor's assessment of a patient before an exam begins), anesthesiologists addicted to painkillers, and medical mistakes in the emergency room.
Journal Article > Commentary
Millard WB. Ann Emerg Med. 2009;54:A25-A29.
The author debates the viability of the Institute of Medicine residency training reforms noted in their 2008 report and outlines concerns related to the 80-hour resident work week.
Special or Theme Issue
Brice JH, Patterson PD, eds. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2012;16:1-108.
This special issue contains articles exploring safety improvement efforts in emergency medical services.
Perspectives on Safety > Perspective
with commentary by David P. Sklar, MD; Cameron Crandall, MD, Patient Safety in Emergency Medicine, June 2010
Emergency medicine has evolved from a location, with variably trained and experienced providers ("the ER"), to a discipline with a well-defined knowledge base and skill set that focus on the diagnosis and care of undifferentiated acute problems.(1) The importance of rapid diagnosis and treatment of serious conditions (e.g., myocardial infarction, stroke, trauma, and sepsis) has made timeliness not simply a determinant of patient satisfaction but also a significant safety and quality concern—delays in care can be deadly.(2) Emergency physicians (EPs) have identified delays caused by crowding from boarding of admitted patients as their most significant safety problem.(3) We present a model for understanding emergency department (ED) patient safety and identify solutions by deconstructing care into three realms: individual provider, patient, and environmental system (Table).