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4 tips for drawing blood for community-acquired pneumonia testing

September 15, 2009

To avoid retesting and possible antibiotic overuse, follow these four tips when drawing blood for a suspected case of community-acquired pneumonia.

Post-tonsillectomy codeine: Fatal for children?

September 15, 2009

Codeine use for child tonsillectomies is being scrutinized after the surprise death of a Canadian child whose system metabolized codeine into morphine at an abnormally high rate.

Subarachnoid hemorrhage often misdiagnosed in ED

September 15, 2009

As many as 12% of subarachnoid hemorrhages are misdiagnosed at the ED, leading clinicians to look past the classic symptoms to CT scans and lumbar punctures for proof.

Nurse's H1N1 death sets ominous pandemic tone

September 15, 2009

The death of a Calif. nurse from H1N1 flu sparked both protests by fellow nurses as well as concern over the issue of healthcare worker safety during a flu pandemic.

Helping the medically frail stay safe at home

September 15, 2009

Winchester, VA's Valley Health has established a community case management program to prevent hospitalizations and ED visits for frail patients who live alone.