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Emergency medicine specialists care for patients with serious injury or illness necessitating immediate medical attention. In recent decades emergency medicine has been recognized as its own specialty with dedicated training and posts1

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Water Birth Death

Despite a lack of thorough statistics, home water births seem to be not only increasingly prevalent in both the US and the UK, but also gaining traction in Australia and Europe.


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Procalcitonin as a Predictor for ICU Admission in Pneumonia Patients

SYNOPSIS: This prospective cohort study finds that high serum calcitonin levels upon admission are associated with elevated risk of invasive respiratory or vasopressor support (IRVS) within three days. Such findings allowed more accurate disease severity scores and improved the process for identifying high risk patients.


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Out, Damned Spore!

Landelle C, et al. Contamination of healthcare workers’ hands with Clostridium difficile spores after caring for patients with C difficile infection. Infection Control and Hosp Epidemiol 2014;35(1):10-15.


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Airborne Disease Preparation

Emerging infectious diseases have long presented enormous challenges to healthcare workers. Whether it be Ebola, HINI, MERS or SARS, outbreaks have proven to cause serious problems for healthcare systems, problems that are often compounded by lapses in respiratory protection. Nonetheless, studies have repeatedly shown that these lapses persist.  


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