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Would you like fries with that fever?
Drive-through emergency medicine may be the way of the future. Fearing an imminent influenza pandemic, emergency physicians looked at novel ways of potentially managing large numbers of infectious patients in already crowded emergency departments where isolation facilities are limited. Emergency physicians from Stanford have developed a ‘drive-through’ model where patients are triaged, examined and discharged in their vehicles in the parking lot of the hospital! This is also a potential strategy for other mass casualty incidents where isolation is required (Ann Emerg Med 2010;55:268–73).
Sex and sudden cardiac death
Researchers from Israel present an unusual case report involving the death of a 46-year-old woman during sexual activity. Death was attributed to acute cardiac failure due to hypertensive chronic cardiovascular disease following sexual activity. The authors review the literature on the association between sudden cardiac death and sexual activity and then apply this knowledge to the case described in what appears to be a somewhat speculative manner (J Forensic Leg Med 2010;17:186–7).
Health promotion in the emergency department
The value of health promotion and/or behavioural …
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