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Emergency Medicine Practice

Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome: Improving Outcomes Through Early Identification And Aggressive Treatment Strategies

This issue reviews the pathophysiology of the alcohol withdrawal syndrome, describes the 4 manifestations of alcohol withdrawal, and looks at the available evidence for optimal treatment of alcohol withdrawal in its diverse presentations. An aggressive front-loading approach with benzodiazepines is proposed and the management of benzodiazepine-resistant disease is addressed.

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Practice

Best Practices In The Emergency Department Management Of Children With Special Needs

Children with special needs often have medical de­vices, subtle presentations, and behavioral or psychiatric issues that demand consideration when delivering emergency care. Complications in gastrostomy/jejunostomy feeding tubes, cerebroventricular shunts, and tracheostomy tubes, as well as impediments to the performance of common emergency procedures on children with devel­opmental or behavioral disorders are reviewed in this issue.

Hospital Medicine Practice

HCAHPS And The Metrics Of Patient Experience: A Guide For Hospitals And Hospitalists

This issue of Hospital Medicine Practice reviews the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey, its role in determining reimbursement rates for inpatient care by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and how hospitals and hospitalists can apply the data and best practices to improving patient experience, outcome, and reimbursement rates.



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