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December 2008 Briefing - Emergency Medicine

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Emergency Medicine for December 2008. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Socioeconomic Status Predicts Post-Heart Attack Lifestyle

FRIDAY, Dec. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Heart attack survivors with lower socioeconomic status are significantly less likely than those with higher socioeconomic status to make healthy lifestyle changes during the early convalescent period, according to study findings published in the Dec. 15 issue of the American Journal of Cardiology.

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Emergency Doctors See Cases of Excessive Force by Police

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly all emergency department physicians have seen cases of excessive force by law enforcement, and although most do not report the incidents, most feel that they should, according to an article in the Jan. 1 issue of the Emergency Medicine Journal.

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Sleep Duration Linked to Coronary Artery Calcification

TUESDAY, Dec. 23 (HealthDay News) -- In middle-aged adults, longer sleep duration is independently associated with a decreased risk of coronary artery calcification, according to the results of a study published in the Dec. 24/31 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Thromboembolic Prophylaxis Practices Vary by Surgeon

MONDAY, Dec. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Spinal surgeons vary widely in their practices for thromboembolic prophylaxis after high-risk surgery and often base their decisions on personal experience over scientific evidence, according to the results of a study published in the Dec. 15 issue of Spine.

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Simulated Tasks Boost Nurse Practitioners' Confidence

THURSDAY, Dec. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Using easily-available, low-tech materials, student nurse practitioners can expand their skills and confidence in performing minor procedures with simulation exercises, according to a report published in the December issue of the Journal of Emergency Nursing.

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Bed Management Increases Emergency Room Throughput

TUESDAY, Dec. 2 (HealthDay News) -- An active bed management program staffed by hospitalists increases emergency department throughput and reduces ambulance diversions caused by emergency room overcrowding or lack of hospital beds, according to study findings published in the Dec. 2 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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