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Main Safety Issues in ED Include Shortage of Personnel in Busy Periods

International survey also highlights overcrowding due to boarding and perceived lack of support from management

Legalization of Nonmedical Cannabis Tied to More Acute Care Visits During Pregnancy

Rate of acute care related to cannabis use during pregnancy increased from 11.0 to 20.0 per 100,000 pregnancies from before versus after legalization

Unenhanced CT 30 Percent Less Accurate Than Enhanced for ED Evaluation

Findings seen for adults presenting to the emergency department for abdominal pain

2015 to 2019 Saw Increase in ED Use of CTPA for Suspected Pulmonary Embolism

Increase in PE diagnosis and higher proportion of low-risk PEs, with lower proportion of ICU admissions

Emergency Anaphylaxis Observation Times Can Be Cut for Children

Authors say that with further validation, most children can be discharged within two hours

Incidence of Eye Injuries Linked to Nonpowder Toy Guns Increasing

From 2014 to 2022, mean patient age with foam projectile blaster injuries decreased from 16 to 10 years

Burn Injuries Can Occur From E-Cigarette Smoking While on Supplemental Oxygen

Authors acknowledge this injury mechanism is rare, but say patients should be warned

Undertriage in Pediatric ED More Likely for Non-English Speakers

Children accompanied by caregivers speaking languages other than English more likely to be undertriaged

Decrease Seen in Mental Health Emergency Visits for Teens by Fall 2022

Decreases observed in weekly emergency department visits for mental health conditions, suicide-related behaviors, drug overdoses by fall 2022 versus 2021

Proportion of Pediatric Mental Health-Related ED Visits Increasing

2011 to 2020 saw increase in all mental health-related visits, with greatest increase seen for suicide-related visits