Grand Rounds Recap 10.5.2016

Grand Rounds Recap 10.5.2016

This week we had a Grand Rounds jam packed with clinical knowledge. When was the last time you considered the differential diagnosis of an elevated troponin? It's not just ACS! Read on to learn more about thyroid storm, refractory Vfib and Vtach, lithium toxicity, inflammatory markers, and more. As well as a special clinical soapbox about how Ohio became the epicenter of the nation's heroin epidemic.

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The Opioid Prescription Epidemic and the Role of the Emergency Medicine - Water Cooler Recap

The Opioid Prescription Epidemic and the Role of the Emergency Medicine - Water Cooler Recap

80% of heroin users start by abusing prescription medications – this is OUR problem         

Prescription medication overdose is now the leading cause of death from injury and the number of deaths from drug overdoses has increased every year since 1999. Estimates suggest between 6 and 12 million Americans receive prescription drugs either without prescription or without the intent of relieving pain. This article focuses on the ED provider’s role in this epidemic and offers strategies for improving training and education surrounding these medications. While heroin abuse tends to draw more attention, it is important to note that 80 percent of heroin users started their addiction by using prescription medications.

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