What the News Left Out About K2

As a psychiatrist, I have encountered countless individuals in the emergency room who come through and do not want help. “What K2? I don’t use that stuff.” They will deny it, laugh it off, or scoff at me. They threaten to commit suicide if I don’t let them stay the night, and demand extra sandwiches and clothes. These individuals have the ability to decipher their options.  If the person’s thinking suddenly clears and there is no sign of physical instability, he or she can just walk out the emergency room almost minutes after presenting. In the dead of night, I’ve had unconscious patients who wake up abruptly only to demand to leave. I have no choice but to discharge them “home” to no particular address, since none are listed.

Here’s the link to the full article.

 

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Thunderstorm Asthma

It was only after it settled down that we realised what we had achieved. In a 24 hour period our emergency department would typically see around 200 patients. During “Thunderstorm Asthma,” over a 12-hour period between 7pm and 7 am we treated 296 patients; 208 of them had respiratory symptoms. Of these patients 170 went home, 36 were admitted including four that went to the intensive care unit. The peak occurred at 9pm, when 43 patients arrived in an hour.  It wasn’t until 2am before our numbers dropped below 20 an hour.

Source: Thunderstorm asthma: ‘It was like a war zone,’ emergency doctor says

Here`s why.

Source: Thunderstorm asthma – Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA)

Emergency Medicine Clinics, August 2016, Volume 34, Issue 3 – Geriatric Emergencies

Source: Emergency Medicine Clinics, August 2016, Volume 34, Issue 3 – Geriatric Emergencies, Pages e25-e37, 435-694

Rather than link each individual article separately I’ve provided a link to the table of contents for this collection on geriatric emergencies.

What underwriter wouldn’t get excited about Evaluation of Syncope in Older Adults.  This is exciting stuff!